About David

Dr. David W. Knight is Assistant Professor and Center for Collaborative Conservation Fellow at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, USA, as well as Associate Professor (Affiliate) at Central China Normal University in Hubei, China. His tourism research and consulting efforts emphasize local interests, strategic tourism governance and rural-indigenous empowerment in destinations around the world.

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  • International Development
  • Livelihoods
  • Natural Resource Tourism
  • PK-12 Student Achievement
  • Parks and Protected Areas
  • Pedagogy
  • Poverty Alleviation and Tourism
  • Resilience Thinking
  • Sustainable Tourism Development
  • Empowerment
  • Community-based Tourism


PhD, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources - Colorado State University
Ft. Collins, CO,

MA, Education - University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, CO,

BA, Spanish with Biology Minor - Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN,

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • Phi Beta Kappa (nationally among few elected to life-long membership as a Junior),

Selected Publications

Tourism dependence and poverty alleviation thresholds in Chinese ethnic tourism

  • Ya-juan Li, Chen-xing Ouyang, Sheng-yu Zhou, Hu Yu, David W Knight,

Elite circulation in Chinese ethnic tourism

  • Li, Y., Knight, D., Luo, W., & Hu, J.,

Tourism-based development in Cusco, Peru: comparing national discourses with local realities

  • Knight, D., Cottrell, S., Pickering, K.Bohren, L., & Bright, A.,

Evaluating tourism-linked empowerment in Cuzco, Peru

  • Knight, D., & Cottrell, S.,

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