Jin-Won Kim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management

  • Ph.D. Michigan State University, USA
  • M.S. Kyung Hee University, South Korea
  • B.S. Kyung Hee University, South Korea

Jin-Won Kim CV

Contact Info

FLG 186A
P.O. Box 118208
Gainesville, FL 32611-8208
(352) 294-1625 | jinwonkim@ufl.edu


Jinwon Kim, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management at the University of Florida. The overall goal of his research is to identify the role of recreation, park and tourism in the creation of active, vibrant, healthy, sustainable and resilient community. To achieve his research goal, Dr. Kim’s research has focused on three areas: 1) community development, policy and sustainability; 2) coastal tourism and recreation; 3) applications of geographic information system (GIS) and spatial technologies (GPS, RS, LiDAR, RS) in tourism/recreation planning, development and management. Dr. Kim is especially interested in applying geospatial concepts and methodologies to problems that tourism and recreation managers face in their everyday decision making. His work has appeared in many top-tier tourism, leisure, recreation, community, environmental planning, and business journals including Tourism Management, Journal of Travel Research, Journal of Business Research, Leisure Sciences, Journal of Leisure Research, City & Community, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, and Journal of Public Policy & Marketing.

Dr. Kim has been awarded Best Paper Awards at the Asia Pacific Tourism Association (APTA) 23th Annual Conference (2017) and at the Korea American Hospitality & Tourism Educators Association (KAHTEA) Annual Conference (2017). His research has been funded by a variety of agencies and organizations including Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, National Research Foundation of Korea and Korea National Park Service.

Research Interests

Community development, policy and sustainability

  • Environmental justice
  • Planning, development and management of parks, recreation and tourism resources
  • Built environment, physical activity and quality of life
  • Contributions of parks, recreation and tourism to sustainability and well-being
  • Community resilience

Coastal tourism and recreation

Applications of geospatial analytics in recreation, park and tourism

  • Big data spatial analytics
  • Agent-based modeling
  • Spatial SEM
  • Spatial data analysis
  • Spatial econometric models and methods
  • Geospatial technologies (GIS, GPS, LiDAR, RS)


  • LEI6931: Sustainable Coastal Tourism
  • LEI2181 (online): Leisure in Contemporary Society
  • LEI5121: Outdoor Recreation and Park Management

Now Accepting Graduate Students!

Dr. Kim will be accepting a PhD student in the fall of 2020. He also has opportunities for undergraduate and master’s students to get involved in research in his community spatial lab. Please contact him via email (jinwonkim@ufl.edu) for more information.