Kimberly Brooke Hansen

Kimberly Brooke Hansen

Associate Professor of Instruction
Campus: Sarasota-Manatee
Room: SMC A313B

Her current research projects include using virtualization technologies to engage and educate visitors, implementing sustainability assessment and reporting platforms in tourism and hospitality, and aligning tourism sectors with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Along with industry partners, she is developing a destination management plan for the State of Florida. She works as a consultant in the U.S. and internationally in Serbia on developing a country-wide sustainable tourism program. In 2022, she received a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Serbia to create pathways of scholarly exchange on tourism development in both countries. Her other research interests include regenerative agritourism, sustainable food systems, gender and diversity, and gastronomy tourism to promote sustainability.  

Hansen is a member of B Tourism and the Florida Agritourism Association. She is an academic affiliate at the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) headquartered in Washington, D.C. She has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences and events, including the 2022 International Workshop on Agritourism, the 2022 Keep Florida Beautiful Conference, the 2022 World Tourism Day Forum, and the 2021 World Food Travel Association’s FoodTreX Research Summit. She served on the NFL Super Bowl LV Sustainability Subcommittee in 2020. She was named in 2020 as a South Atlantic Woman to Watch by US Green Building Council and in 2021 was honored as a Shero by USGBC Florida at the Women in Green Conference. In 2021, Hansen was inducted into the CLEO Institute’s Leadership Circle for her work on gender, food system resilience, and climate justice. 

Hansen is a social scientist and received her PhD from the University of Arizona in anthropology, her master's degree from the University of Arizona in anthropology, and her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Florida.


  • HFT 4701 Sustainable Tourism Practices
  • HFT 4930 Sports Tourism
  • IDS 6216 Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals 
  • IDS 6236 Sustainable Tourism Development: Principles & Practices
  • IDS 6237 Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Management