Dr. Brooke Hansen - Director of Sustainable Tourism

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Dr. Brooke Hansen
(813) 974-7132

Research Projects 

  • Egmont Key
  • Tarpon Springs
  • Sweetwater Farm

Article Featuring Dr. Brooke Hansen's Work

Dr. Brooke Hansen is a sustainability focused anthropologist with specialties in tourism, food, farming, indigenous studies, transcultural health care, service learning, and gender and women's studies. She ran a 70-acre organic farm and cultural heritage center in Central New York with the Haudenosaunee and local community members. At the Cayuga SHARE Farm, she coordinated student interns, taught service learning classes, and installed and maintained a Native American medical herb garden. She collaborated on developing cultural tours of the area as part of student orientation to the Cayuga homeland. The Cayugas were dislocated from their ancestral territory for over 200 years until the farm property was deeded to them for their return.
For over 15 years, Dr. Hansen developed and taught sustainable tourism courses through service learning in Hawai'i on O'ahu and Hawai'i Island. The winter field classes focused on the connections between cultural revitalization, island food security, heritage interpretation, and the economic engine and environmental impact of tourism. Working with cultural practitioners, Dr. Hansen and her students planted endangered palms, weeded traditional taro patches in Waipi'o Valley, learned oli (chants) to enter cultural landscapes, and assisted with revitalization projects of kānaka maoli (Native Hawaiian) agricultural systems. As an affiliate associate professor at the University of Hawai'i, Dr. Hansen conducted research and taught classes on cultural, culinary, and agricultural tourism in Hawai'i. She served on the Sustainability Committee at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo as the curriculum coordinator and she was the faculty director of the campus food waste composting program led by Students of Sustainability. In the community, she was an Aloha Ambassador for Destination Hilo and served as a member of the planning committee for the first international Hawai'i Agritourism Association (HATA) Symposium in 2016.

In Florida, Dr. Hansen is engaged with research on sustainable tourism, food sovereignty, and community- based agriculture. She is a member of Sustainable Florida and the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger and is on the Hillsborough County Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee and the Advisory Board of Temple Terrace Farm 2 School. She recently participated in the first annual Synergy Summit for Cultural and Heritage Tourism in Ft. Lauderdale sponsored by CHAT (Cultural Heritage Alliance for Tourism)

  • IDS 6236 - Sustainable Tourism Development: Principles & Practices (3)
    • This course focuses on environmentally and socially responsible tourism strategies and innovations, including initiatives such as the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. It examines how destinations have improved competitiveness by creating environmentally and socially friendly tourism products and services. The course emphasizes establishing policies and management plans to identify and reduce the environmental impact created by tourism facilities and services, and looks at how to create environmental management systems (EMS) with broad public/private support.
    • *This course is available on-campus and online.

  • IDS 6237 - Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Management (3)
    • This course focuses the ecotourism and sustainable tourism management for coastal habitat and marine protection. The course includes strategies and innovations, including best practices developed in the global "Blue Criteria" and the Sustainable Travel "Shore Excursion" criteria. It examines the major threats to coastal habitat and marine environments, such as ocean acidification, climate change, overfishing, and pollution. The course emphasizes establishing policies and management plans to identify and reduce the environmental impact created by tourism facilities and services, examines twelve cost-effective strategies for coastal and marine habitat protection and provides an introduction to culture-based leadership development for the change.
    • *This course is available on-campus and online.

  • IDS 6270 - Sustainable Food Production (3)
    • Overview of global food production systems including both traditional and sustainable agriculture, animal husbandry, and aquatic farming practices, their impact on ecosystems and the environment, and solutions for feeding a rapidly growing population.

Research Interests
  • Experiential/service learning and career development
  • Native American and kānaka maoli culture, health, environment and land issues
  • Gender and women's studies
  • Food security and sovereignty
  • Medical pluralism, integrative medicine and transcultural health care
  • Culinary, cultural, agricultural and sustainable tourism