Kim’s research helps identify the role of recreation, park and tourism in the creation of active, vibrant, healthy, and sustainable communities. His work is primarily focused on water-based recreation and tourism, community recreation/tourism planning and development, public health policy and environmental justice issues.
Industry Expertise (2)
Health and Wellness
Areas of Expertise (7)
Water-Based Recreation and Tourism
Public Health and Quality of Life
Applications of Geospatial Technologies in Recreation
Park and Tourism
Tourism/Recreation Planning and Development
Does tourism matter in measuring community resilience?Annals of Tourism Research
As damage from natural hazards is increasing, quantifying community resilience is a top priority in enhancing communities' ability to prepare for and recover from disasters. This study examines the significance of tourism in measuring community resilience by proposing a tourism community resilience measurement model. To identify key tourism industries that significantly improve community resilience, this study also explores the spatially heterogeneous associations between the validated community resilience metric and tourism industry specialization across 67 counties in Florida.
Visualizing fairness: distributional equity of urban green spaces for marginalized groupsJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Previous environmental justice studies of urban green spaces (UGSs) have typically focused on issues of race/ethnicity or income level in Western countries and given limited attention to other dimensions of social disadvantage in Asian countries. To address this research gap, we examined distributional equity/inequity of UGSs among senior citizens living alone, single-mother families, individuals with disability, and basic livelihood security recipients in Seoul, South Korea.
Spatial Effect of Crime on Peer-to-Peer Lodging PerformanceJournal of Travel Research
Safety is a major factor impacting consumers’ participation in peer-to-peer (P2P) economies. Using spatial econometric models, this study examined crime effects on the performance (RevPAR) of P2P lodgings at three spatial ranges: property, community, and destination level. The performance of P2P lodgings is negatively associated with crime densities, while the degree of the association varies by crime types and room types. Crime can “spill over” to the neighborhood and have the strongest impact at the community level, followed by the destination level and the property level.
Sport Clusters and Community Resilience in the United StatesJournal of Sport Management
How to enhance community resilience to natural disasters is a major question for researchers and policymakers. Although researchers agree that sport generates community benefits, few scholarly efforts in sport management have been invested in understanding the sport–resilience association. This paper attempted to address whether and how sport clusters—the clustering of sport industries—are associated with community resilience across locations. To achieve this, geographically weighted regression and visualization techniques were applied to macro-level data regarding community resilience and the clustering of 13 separate sport industries across 3,108 counties in the contiguous United States.
Spatial and experimental analysis of peer-to-peer accommodation consumption during COVID-19Journal of Destination Marketing & Management
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted peer-to-peer (P2P) accommodation markets. However, how the interplay between tourists and destination attributes has affected P2P accommodation consumption during the pandemic has not been investigated. To address this gap, this study first explored the spatially varying relationship between destination attributes and COVID-19-disrupted Airbnb performance change across Florida counties. Subsequently, we performed two experimental studies to examine whether trip purpose and the level of perceived threat affect Airbnb use intention.
- Journal of Park and Recreation Administration : Associate Editor
- Association of American Geographers (AAG) : Member
- Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) : Member
- Korean-American Association for Geospatial and Environmental Sciences (KAGES) : Member
- National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) : Member