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Fall 2017: A Voyage Around the World

Fall 2017

A Voyage Around the World

Heather Gibson

University of Florida

Heather Gibson is a Professor in the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management at the University of Florida and an Associate Director of the Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute. People often ask “does Heather specialize in tourism, sport or leisure?” The answer is all three. She graduated from Brighton Polytechnic in the UK with a Bachelor’s in physical education and a specialization in sport sociology. This focus on the sociology of sport and leisure led her to the University of Connecticut where she earned her Master’s and PhD. and was introduced to tourism as a field of study.  Currently, Dr. Gibson teaches classes in leisure theory, tourism and issues and trends in tourism and recreation. She also leads study abroad programs to Australia and Fiji on the theme of sustainability. Her research interests include leisure and tourism in mid and later life; women travelers; sport tourism with a particular focus on sport-related travel in later life and small-scale events; and perceived risk in travel. Dr. Gibson has published over 75 journal articles and has edited two books Sport Tourism: Concepts and Theories and Leisure and Aging: Theory and Practice. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences and is Distinguished Teaching Fellow at the University of Florida. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Leisure Sciences, Journal of Sport Management, Journal of Sport & Tourism, World Leisure Journal and the Journal of Policy Research in Leisure, Tourism and Events and is a Managing Editor of the journal Leisure Studies.