DR. KYLE M. WOOSNAM

Utilizing a sustainable community-centered approach, the overarching focus of my research is to better understand the various forms of consequences (i.e., sociocultural, economic, environmental, and political) forged by existing and potential tourism development, natural disasters, and shifting economies. At the core of my work is the emphasis on relationships that exist between residents of resource-dependent (e.g., naturally and culturally amenity-rich) communities and those visiting; as I see tourism consequences largely dictated by exchanges and interactions between as well as attitudes concerning these relationships. Much of my research utilizes theoretical approaches to exploring and explaining relationships through the utilization of frameworks such as emotional solidarity, cross-cultural understanding, social distance, identity theory, and the like. Furthermore, I believe that considering these relationships and residents’ perspectives of tourism development is paramount to embracing and fostering sustainable tourism planning.

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