Dr Seonyoung Kim

Dr Seonyoung Kim

Principal Lecturer


I am a Principal Lecturer in Tourism Management. I have a range of teaching and research interests, including urban tourism, tourism policy and planning, destination management and marketing, and accessible tourism.


I am a Principal Lecturer in Tourism Management. I studied Tourism Management at undergraduate level and worked for a major tour operator in South Korea before I came to the UK. I completed both an MSc in Sustainable Tourism and a PhD titled 'Tourism-related urban regeneration in two UK city regions' at Sheffield Business School (SBS), Sheffield Hallam University. I started to teach tourism for SBS in 2008 as an Associate Lecturer and joined the Tourism Subject Group as a full-time lecturer in 2012. I was a Course Leader for postgraduate tourism courses and then the Subject Group Leader for Tourism between 2016 and 2021. I am now on secondment with the University's Academic Strategy team. I have taught a wide range of tourism subjects and supervised postgraduate and doctoral students. My teaching and research interests lie with tourism and urban regeneration, the visitor economy, tourism policy and planning, destination management and marketing, and accessible tourism.


Principal Lecturer


Department of Service Sector Management

Sheffield Business School


Tourism and Hospitality Management


BSc (Hons) International Tourism Management
BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Business Management
BSc (Hons) Airline and Airport Management

MSc International Tourism Management
MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management
MSc International Tourism and Aviation Management


I have taught a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules including Tourism Planning and Development, International Air Travel Management, Research Methods, and Dissertation. 



Tourism, poverty and inequality
Projected and perceived destination image
Comparative destination image analysis
Sustainable aviation and the climate emergency
Attitudes to sustainable lifestyles and behavioural transition
Accessible tourism



Kim, S. (2020). Inter-municipal relations in city-region governance. Cities, 104, 102771. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2020.102771

Kim, S., & Bramwell, B. (2019). Boundaries and boundary crossing in tourism: A study of policy work for tourism and urban regeneration. Tourism Management, 75, 78-89. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2019.04.019

Book chapters

Doran, A., & Kim, S. (2023). Nature and Time. In Goulding, P. (Ed.) Tourism: A temporal analysis. Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers: http://doi.org/10.23912/9781911635840-5447

Winter, T., Kim, S., & Palmer, N. (2021). Where is 'The Poor' in Pro-poor VCA?-A Review of Applying Pro-poor VCA in a Coastal Tourism Destination in the Northeast of Brazil. In Inclusive Tourism Futures. (pp. 80-103).

Theses / Dissertations

Winter, T. (2019). Poverty and Inequality:Exploring the Role of Tourismin Brazil's Northeast. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Kim, S. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00234


Kim, S.Y. (2021). Promoting accessible tourism for people with sensory impairment. Presented at: CHME Annual Conference, Sheffield Hallam University

Kim, S.Y., & Adu-Ampong, E. (2019). Assessing accessible tourism research. Presented at: ATLAS Annual Conference, Girona, Spain

Kim, S.Y. (2016). Raising students' awareness of Accessible Tourism in the learning experience.

Kim, S.Y. (2012). Resource dependency and power relations in tourism-related urban regeneration.

Kim, S.Y. (2012). Tourism and Urban Regeneration: Separate or Integrated Policy Fields, Actors and Networks.

Other activities

I am an Executive Committee member of the Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE). 


Postgraduate supervision

To date, I have supervised two PhD students in the areas of:

Tourism, poverty and inequality
Foodservice SMEs and tourism network


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