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Dr Sean Kim is Associate Professor of Tourism at the School of Business and Law.
Prior to joining ECU, he worked at Sheffield Hallam University and Leeds Metropolitan University in UK, and Flinders University in Australia.
His work is international and interdisciplinary. Associate Professor Kim's research interests stem from five main themes at the boundaries of social psychology, cultural studies, media studies, geography, and tourism management and marketing. The first focuses on the close relationships between tourism and popular culture, with particular attention to tourism and (popular) media, media representation, celebrity cultures, and fan pilgrimage. Specifically, he is an internationally recognised scholar in the field of film tourism and its broader impacts and implications.
A second theme is centred on the relationship between intangible heritage (e.g. food), identity and tourism. A third area concerns tourist behaviours including experiences, motivations, and emotions. A fourth area relates to research methods in tourism including qualitative, quantitative, mixed, and visual research methods. A fifth theme focuses on tourism and community perspective (e.g. perceptions, attitudes, empowerment, social capital, quality of life). His recent research interests relate to Cittaslow movement, community empowerment and quality of life.
Associate Professor Kim has been involved in various funded research projects, academic research collaborations, and professional consultancies. He has published more than 90 scholarly and industrial publications including about 40 refereed journal articles and 20 book chapters as well as two edited books published by Springer - ‘Food Tourism in Asia (2019)’ and ‘Film tourism in Asia: Evolution, transformation and trajectory (2018)'.
He is on the editorial boards of six reputed international tourism-related journals: Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, Journal of Tourism & Cultural Change, Anatolia, Tourist Studies, Tourism Management Perspectives, and Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research. He had also served as Academic Board Member of Le Cordon Bleu (LCB) International for 8 years.
Associate Professor Kim was a visiting research fellow at Takasaki University of Commerce in Japan and at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in China, and a visiting associate professor at Zhejiang University in China and Universitas Gadjah Made (UGM) in Indonesia. He is currently a visiting professor at School of History, Culture and Communication in Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and involves in two international film tourism research projects funded by European Research Council (ERC).
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