RIE USUI

Last Updated :2021/03/01

Affiliations, Positions
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Assistant Professor
E-mail
leahrieusuihiroshima-u.ac.jp
Self-introduction
An assistant professor at Hiroshima University in Japan (April, 2019~). My research interest lies mainly in the areas of wildlife tourism and Human-Animal Studies, ethical tourism, and community revitalization.

Basic Information

Educational Backgrounds

  • Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Japan, 2015/10, 2019/03
  • Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Biosphere Science , Japan, 2014/04, 2015/09
  • Central Washington University, United States of America, 2011/09, 2013/06
  • The Ohio State University, United States of America, 2007/09, 2010/08

Academic Degrees

  • Central Washington University
  • Hiroshima University

Research Keywords

  • Geography
  • human and animals
  • tourism
  • community development
  • Japan

Affiliated Academic Societies

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia
  • International Society for Anthrozoology
  • Animals and Society Institute
  • Japan Institute of Tourism Research
  • The Japanese Society for Geographical Sciences
  • Primate Society of Japan

Educational Activity

Course in Charge

  1. 2020, Undergraduate Education, 2Term, Tourism Studies
  2. 2020, Undergraduate Education, 3Term, Introduction to Geography
  3. 2020, Undergraduate Education, Second Semester, Seminar in Graduation Thesis on Geography A
  4. 2020, Undergraduate Education, First Semester, Seminar in Graduation Thesis on Geography B
  5. 2020, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 1Term, Special Lecture of Humanities and Social Sciences
  6. 2020, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , First Semester, Advanced Seminar on Geography A
  7. 2020, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , Second Semester, Advanced Seminar on Geography B
  8. 2020, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , Second Semester, Creation of Regional Culture

Research Activities

Academic Papers

  1. ★, Impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on mammals at tourism destinations: a systematic review" for publication in Mammal Review, Mammal Review, Accepted
  2. Perceptions of Multiple Stakeholders about Environmental Issues at a Nature-Based Tourism Destination: The Case of Yakushima Island, Japan, ENVIRONMENTS, 6(8), 201908
  3. A cross-national comparative study on collaborative management of national parks, Parks, 25, 69-82
  4. Tourism and animal welfare, Tourism Geographies, 21(4), 735-737
  5. A review of "Tourism and animal welfare", edited by N. Carr & D.M. Broom, Tourism Geographeis, 21(4), 735-737
  6. ★, The power of social media in regional tourism development: a case study from Ōkunoshima Island in Hiroshima, Japan, Current Issues in Tourism, 21(18), 2052-2056
  7. ★, Analysing food-derived interactions between tourists and sika deer (Cervus nippon) at Miyajima in Hiroshima, Japan: implications for the physical health of the deer in an anthropogenic environment, Journal of Ecotourism, 17(1), 67-78
  8. A Review of “Ecotourism's promise and peril: a biological evaluation”, edited by Daniel T. Blumstein, Benjamin Geffroy, Diogo S. M. Samia, and Eduardo Bessa, Tourism Geographies, 20(5), 930-931
  9. ★, Park rangers’ behaviors and their effects on tourists and Tibetan macaques (Macaca thibetana) at Mt. Huangshan, China, Animals, 4, 546-561
  10. Close and Distanced Being: Human and Non-human Animal Boundaries at Tourism Landscapes in Japan, Bulletin of the Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University. II, Studies in environmental sciences, 101-103

Publications such as books

  1. 2020, Wildlife Tourism Futures: Encounters with Wild, Captive and Artificial Animals, Rabbits in the Wild: Close Encounters on an Equal Footing?, Channel View Publications, 2020, 2020, Scholarly Book, Joint work, English, Rie Usui, Carolin Funck, 9781845418168, 24-39
  2. 2020/20/20, Sustainable Development of Wildlife Tourism in Asia and the Pacific: Good Practices and their Implications, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), 2020, 2020, Report, Cocompilation, English
  3. 2017, Wildlife Tourism, Environmental Learning and Ethical Encounters, Not quite wild, but not domesticated either: contradicting management decisions on free-roaming sika deer (Cervus nippon) at two tourism sites in Japan, Springer International Publishing, 2017, Scholarly Book, Joint work, English, Usui, R. & Funck, C., 247-261

Invited Lecture, Oral Presentation, Poster Presentation

  1. Island Tourism Resilience in the Case of Wildlife Tourism Destinations, Rie Usui, The 2020 Academic Symposium of Japanese Society for Geographical Sciences, 2020/11/28, Without Invitation, English, Japanese Society for Geographical Sciences
  2. Wildlife tourism: A gaze toward feral animals, Rie Usui, Asia Pacific Conference, 2020/11/14, Without Invitation, English, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Zoom
  3. Impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on mammals in leisure environments: a systematic review, Rie Usui, Lori K. Sheeran, Ashton Asbury, Maurice Blackson, ASAB Virtual Conference 2020, 2020/07/16, Without Invitation, English
  4. Wildlife tourism as a space for healing: Evidence from Japan, Rie Usui, Wildlife Tourism Webinars June 2020, 2020/06/23, Without Invitation, English, Wildlife Tourism Australia
  5. Emergence of "new" wildlife tourism: time to rethink tourist-animal encounters?, Rie Usui, The 6th Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Asia, 2020/03/28, Without Invitation, English, Osaka Corona Hotel
  6. A meta-analytic review of wildlife tourism research: Longitudinal trends in theoretical foundations, Rie Usui, Takahiro Kubo, Thomas E. Jones, Second Critical Tourism Studies Asia Pacific, 2020/02/19, Without Invitation, English, Wakayama University
  7. Tourism development and lifestyle migration: a case study of Yakushima Island in Kagoshima, Japan, Funck, C. & Usui, R., Adewumi, I.B. & Nguyen, V.H., Royal Geographical Society, 2019/08/28, Without Invitation, English, London, UK
  8. The role that repeat visitors play in managing tourist-rabbit interactions for wildlife tourism on Okunoshima Island in Hiroshima, Japan, Usui, R., Funck, C., The 34th International Geographical Congress, 2018/08/09, Without Invitation, English
  9. Evaluating photography and videography as a means to measure tourist's experience, Usui, R., The Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Asia, 2018/01/05, Without Invitation, English
  10. Assessing inbound tourism development at Mitarai district in Kure City, Hiroshima through employing a monitoring tour, Usui, R., Anindita, M.J., The 32nd Japan Institute of Tourism Research Conference, 2017/12/03, Without Invitation, English
  11. Investigating animal ethics and management issues at nature-based tourism destination: a case study from Yakushima Island in Japan, Usui, R., Funck, C., The Visitor Economy: Strategies and Innovations, 2017/09/06, Without Invitation, English
  12. Feeding and begging interactions between tourists and deer at Miyajima Island in Hiroshima: an analysis based on field observations and questionnaire survey, Usui, R., Funck, C., The 31st Japan Institute of Tourism Research Conference, 2016/12/04, Without Invitation, English
  13. Emerging wildlife tourism on Okunoshima Island ("Rabbit Island") in Hiroshima, Japan: challenges and ethical implications, Usui, R., Funck, C., The 4th Wildlife Tourism Conference, 2016/11/08, Without Invitation, English
  14. Japanese and international tourists’ perceptions and attitudes toward the free-roaming sika deer (Cervus nippon) in Miyajima Island, Hiroshima, Japan, Usui, R., Funck, C., The 33rd International Geographical Congress, 2016/08/24, Without Invitation, English
  15. Analyzing food-derived interactions between tourists and sika deer (Cervus nippon) at Miyajima Island in Hiroshima, Japan, Usui, R., The 3rd Wildlife Tourism Australia Conference, 2015/08/30, Without Invitation, English

Awards

  1. 2019/09/30, Hiroshima University Female Researcher Award, Hiroshima University

External Funds

Acceptance Results of Competitive Funds

  1. Grand-in-aid for Scientific Research, 2020, 2022
  2. JITR Research Group, Governance of tourism and wildlife management: case studies of wildlife tourism in Japan, 2020, 2022

Social Activities

History as Committee Members

  1. Kure City Planning Committee, 2020/05, 2022/05

Organizing Academic Conferences, etc.

  1. 2020 Academic Symposium of the Japanese Society for Geographical Sciences, 2020/11, 2020/11

History as Peer Reviews of Academic Papers

  1. 2020, Springer, Others, Reviewer, 1
  2. 2020, Geographical Sciences, Editor
  3. 2019, Geographical Sciences, Editor
  4. 2019, Journal of Ecotourism, Others, Reviewer, 2
  5. 2017, Tourism Management, Others, Reviewer, 1