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Associate Professor Sangkyun (Sean) Kim

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5146, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2.251
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Telephone: +61 8 6304 5146
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.251  


Dr Sean Kim is Associate Professor of Tourism at the School of Business and Law.


Prior to joining ECU in 2017, Sean worked at Sheffield Hallam University (2005-6) and Leeds Metropolitan University (2007-8) in UK, and Flinders University (2009-16) 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 phenomenon 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 multicultural festival and special event associated with ethnic minorities as well as Cittaslow, community empowerment and quality of life.

Associate Professor Kim has been involved in a number of funded research projects, academic research collaborations, and professional consultancies. He has published more than 70 scholarly and industrial publications including 31 referred journal articles and 5 book chapters. One of the current research project is an edited book entitled 'Film tourism in Asia: Evolution, transformation and trajectory' to be published by Springer by the end of 2017. He is on the editorial boards of five reputed international tourism-related journals: Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, Journal of Tourism & Cultural Change, Anatolia, Tourist Studies and Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research. He has also been serving as Academic Board Member of Le Cordon Bleu (LCB) International for 6 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.

Professional Associations

  • Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE)
  • International Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE)
  • Tourism Sciences Society of Korea

Editorial Boards

  • Anatolia (An International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research)
  • Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing
  • Journal of Tourism & Cultural Change
  • Journal of Hospitality & TourismResearch
  • Tourist Studies

Awards and recognition

  • Best Paper Award at the 2016 International Conference on Tourism (ICOT 2016), Naples, Italy, 2016
  • Best Paper Award at the 2015 International Conference on Tourism (ICOT 2015), Middlesex University, London, UK, 2015
  • Best Paper Award at the 4th International Conference on Tourism Research (4ICTR), Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 2014
  • Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Early Career Researchers, Flinders University, 2012
  • Co-leader for the South Korean Case of European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant project (2016-2020) on “World of Imagination: A Comparative Study of Film Tourism in India, Nigeria, Jamaica, South Korea and the U.S (€1.9 million)”
  • ERA (Excellence in Research Australia) 2012 and 2015 Research Strategic Leader for the discipline Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services, Flinders University
  • External Assessor for the Netherlands Organisation of Science Research (NWO) and the Council for the Humanities, the Netherlands, 2014
  • Research Integrity Advisory for the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law, Flinders University (2013-2016)
  • Marquis Who's Who in the World 2012
  • Le Cordon Bleu International Academic Board (2010 – current)

Research areas and interests

  • Film tourism; tourism and (popular) media
  • Visual culture and tourism
  • Tourism and creative industries
  • Food and tourism; food tourism; gastronomy tourism
  • Cultural (tangible and intangible) heritage, representation and identity
  • Consumer behaviour and psychology (e.g. social psychology, emotion)
  • (Diaspora) community, festivals and tourism
  • Special interest tourism
  • Cittaslow movement, community engagement and sustainability
  • Tourism in Asia
  • Research methods (e.g. visual ethnography, mixed methods, qualitative & quantitative methods)


  • Doctor of Philosophy, England, 2011.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Kim, S., Nam, C., (2016), Opportunities and challenges for South Korean tourism and creative industries. Tourism and the creative industries: Theories, policies and practices, 102-115, Abingdon, UK, Routledge.
  • Kim, S., (2016), Japanese obsession to noodles and regional development: the udon noodle tourism phenomenon in Japan. Food tourism and regional development: networks, products and trajectories, 135-144, Abingdon, England, Routledge.
  • Rahman, NA., Kim, S., Brown, S., (2014), Constructing and shaping tourist experiences via travel blog engagement. Tourists? perceptions and assessments, 129-135, Bingley, Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  • O'Connor, N., Kim, S., (2013), Media related tourism phenomena ? A review of key issues. Mediating the tourist experience: From brochures to virtual encounters, 13-32, Farnham, England, Ashgate Publishing Limited.

Journal Articles

  • Kim, S(., Kim, S., (2017), Perceived values of TV drama, audience involvement and behavioral intention in film tourism. Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, article in press(article in press), p. 14, Philadelphia, USA, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/10548408.2016.1245172.
  • Fu, Y., Kim, S., Mao, R., (2017), Crafting collaboration: Conflict resolution and community engagement in the Hangzhou Arts and Crafts Museum Cluster. International Journal of Intangible Heritage, 12(1), 59-75, National Folk Museum of Korea.
  • Kim, S(., Kim, S., (2017), Segmentation of potential film tourists by film nostalgia and preferred film tourism program. Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, Article in press(Article in press), p.21, Pennsylvania, USA, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/10548408.2017.1284705.
  • Kim, S., Kim, S(., Oh, M., (2017), Film Tourism Town and Its Local Community. International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration, 18(3), 334-360, DOI: 10.1080/15256480.2016.1276005.
  • Park, E., Phandanouvong, T., Kim, S., (2017), Evaluating participation in community-based tourism: a local perspective in Laos. Current Issues in Tourism, article in press(article in press), p. 5, Oxon, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2017.1323851.
  • Kim, S., Nam, C., (2016), Hallyu Revisited: Challenges and Opportunities for the South Korean Tourism. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 21(5), 524-540.
  • Park, E., Kim, S., (2016), The potential of Cittaslow for sustainable tourism development: enhancing local community's empowerment. Tourism Planning and Development, 13(3), 351-369, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/21568316.2015.1114015.
  • Kim, S., Iwashita, C., (2015), Cooking identity and food tourism: the case of Japanese udon noodles. Tourism Recreation Research, 41(1), 89-100, DOI: 10.1080/02508281.2016.1111976.
  • Kim, S., Park, E., (2015), First-time and repeat tourist destination image: the case of domestic tourists to Weh Island, Indonesia. Anatolia: an international journal of tourism and hospitality research, 26(3), 421-433, DOI: 10.1080/13032917.2014.984233.
  • Kim, S(., Kim, S., Heo, C(., (2015), Assessment of TV Drama/Film Production Towns as a Rural Tourism Growth Engine. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 20(7), 730-760, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/10941665.2014.927378.
  • Kim, S., Butler, G., (2015), Local community perspectives towards dark tourism development: The case of Snowtown, South Australia. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 13(1), 78-89, DOI: 10.1080/14766825.2014.918621.
  • Yoon, Y., Kim, S., Kim, S(., (2015), Successful and unsuccessful film tourism destinations: From the perspective of Korean local residents' perceptions of film tourism impacts. Tourism Analysis, 20(1), 297-311, United States, Cognizant Comm. Corp, DOI: 10.3727/108354215X14356694891852.
  • Kim, S., Ellis, A., (2015), Noodle production and consumption: from agriculture to food tourism in Japan. Tourism Geographies: an international journal of tourism place, space and the environment, 17(1), 151-167, DOI: 10.1080/14616688.2014.978812.
  • Kim, S., (2015), Understanding the Historical and Geographical Contexts of Food Festival Tourism Development: The Case of the Tatebayashi Noodle Grand Prix in Japan. Tourism Planning and Development, 12(4), 433-446, DOI: 10.1080/21568316.2015.1025991.
  • Fu, Y., Kim, S., Zhou, T., (2015), Staging the `authenticity? of intangible heritage from the production perspective: the case of Craftsmanship Museum Cluster in Hangzhou, China. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 13(4), 285-300, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/14766825.2014.983439.
  • Kim, S., Assaker, G., (2014), An Empirical Examination of the Antecedents of Film Tourism Experience: A Structural Model Approach. Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, 31(2), 251-268, Routledge.
  • Connor, N., Kim, S., (2014), Pictures and prose: exploring the impact of literary and film tourism. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 12(1), 1-17, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/14766825.2013.862253.
  • Sutcliffe, K., Kim, S., (2014), Understanding children's engagement with interpretation at a cultural heritage museum. Journal of Heritage Tourism, 9(4), 332-348, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/1743873X.2014.924952.
  • Kim, S., Savinovic, A., Brown, S., (2013), Visitors? Motivations in Attending an Ethnic Minority Cultural Festival: A Case Study of the Fe?ta Croatian Food and Wine Festival, South Australia. Event Management: an international journal, 17(1), 349-359, DOI: 10.3727/152599513X13769392444828.
  • Kim, S., (2012), The Impact of TV Drama attributes on Touristic experiences at film tourism destinations. Tourism Analysis, 17(5), 573-585, United States, Cognizant Communication Corporation, DOI: 10.3727/108354212X13485873913804.
  • Savinovic, A., Kim, S., Long, P., (2012), Audience members' motivation, satisfaction, and intention to re-visit an ethnic minority cultural festival. Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, 29(7), 682-694, United States, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/10548408.2012.720154.
  • Kim, S., Wang, H., (2012), From television to the film set: Korean drama Daejanggeum drives Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese and Thai audiences to screen-tourism. The International Communication Gazette, 74(5), 423-442, United Kingdom, Sage Publications Ltd, DOI: 10.1177/1748048512445152.
  • Kim, S., Long, P., (2012), Touring TV Soup Operas: Genre in Film Tourism Research. Tourist Studies: an international journal, 12(2), 173-185, United Kingdom, Sage Publications Ltd, DOI: 10.1177/1468797612449249.
  • Kim, S., (2012), Audience involvement and film tourism experiences: Emotional places, emotional experiences. Tourism Management: research, policies, practice, 33(2), 387-396, United Kingdom, Pergamon Press, DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2011.04.008.
  • Kim, S., (2012), The Relationships of On-Site Film-Tourism Experiences, Satisfaction, and Behavioral Intentions: The Case of Asian Audience's Responses to a Korean Historical TV Drama. Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, 29(5), 472-484, United States, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/10548408.2012.691399.
  • Kim, S., (2012), A cross-cultural study of on-site film-tourism experiences among Chinese, Japanese,Taiwanese and Thai visitors to the Daejaggenum Theme Park, South Korea. Current Issues in Tourism, 15(8), 759-776, Clevedon, U.K., Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2011.640394.

Conference Publications

  • Kim, S., Park, E., Suri, G., (2017), Impacts of Eat Pray Love (EPL) film tourism and local communities in Ubud, Bali. APacCHRIE & Youth Conference 2017 Proceedings, 82-92, Bali, Indonesia, International Bali Institute of Tourism.
  • Kim, S., Nam, C., (2015), Barriers to implementing an effective tourism policy for the Korean Wave: from the government?s perspective. Proceedings of the International Conference on Tourism (ICOT2015), 312-323, International Association for Tourism Policy.
  • Park, E., Xaysena, P., Kim, S., (2015), The influence of local community?s empowerment on its perception towards community-based ecotourism in the protected area. Proceedings of the International Conference on Tourism (ICOT2015), 312-323, International Association for Tourism Policy.
  • Fu, Y., Kim, S., (2014), Staging diaspora community festival: heterogeneity and conflict of identity in Chinese diaspora New Year festival in UK. Colloqium: Papers from Global Events Congress VI, 160-178, Flinders University.
  • Kim, S., Park, E., Phandanouvong, T., (2014), Barriers to local residents? participation in community-based tourism: Lessons from Houay Kaeng Village in Laos. SHS Web of Conferences Volume 12: 4th International Conference on Tourism Research (4ICTR), 12(9-11 December 2014), 1-8, EDP Sciences, DOI: 10.1051/shsconf/20141201045.
  • Parke, E., Kim, S., (2014), Enhancing local community?s involvement and empowerment through practicing Cittaslow: Experiences from Goolwa, South Australia. SHS Web of Conferences Volume 12: 4th International Conference on Tourism Research (4ICTR), 12(9-11 December 2014), 1-7, EDP Sciences, DOI: 10.1051/shsconf/20141201044.
  • Kim, S., (2012), Does nationality really matter? From the film-tourism experience perspective. The New Golden Age of Tourism and Hospitality, 1(6-9 February, 2012), 314-331, La Trobe University, Victoria, CAUTHE.
  • Kim, S., (2012), Stories, characters, locations, aesthetic effects and tourist experiences: Examining film-tourism experiences at a TV drama set. The New Golden Age of Tourism and Hospitality, 1(6-9 February, 2012), 332-349, La Trobe University, Victoria , CAUTHE.
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