Dr. Bernard M. Kitheka



Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, Clemson Universtiy, SC
  • MS, Miami University, OH
  • BSc, Moi University, Kenya


  • Ecotourism
  • Community Recreation & Tourism
  • Leisure Education
  • Commercial Recreation & Tourism
  • Recreation Financial Resource Mangement
  • Recreation Programming
  • Tourism

Professional experience

Bernard professional experience includes working in 5 countries (3 continents) in areas of community development, sustainable livelihoods, ecotourism development, conservation outreach, butterfly farming and outdoor education. Hi teaching experience includes ecotourism, recreation programming and leisure education.

Research and professional interests

  • Urban Change & Sustainability
  • Human Dimensions of Sustainability
  • Ecotourism; Sustainable Development
  • Travel & Tourism Competitiveness
  • Role of Play & Recreation Across Generations
  • Play & Social Inclusion


  • Carmen, N., Kitheka, B. & Sabuhoro, E. (2017).  Regional tourism development within the East African Community.  Book Chapter in: Tourism and Political Change, Edited by Butler, D. & Suntikul, W. (in press).

  • Kitheka, B. M., Baldwin, E. D., White, D. L., & Harding, D. N. (2016).  A different "we" in urban sustainability: how the city of Chattanooga, TN, community defined their own sustainability path.  International Journal of Tourism Cities, 2(3), 185-205.

  • Kitheka, B. M. & Backman, S. K. (2016).  Gaps identified in tourism-environment policy in Kenya: a content analysis to assess sustainable tourism policy in the country.  International Journal of Tourism Policy, 6(3/4), 235-255.

  • Kitheka, B. M. (2012).  Urban Tourism and Urban Change:  Cities in a Global Economy, by Costas Spirou.  Tourism Analysis, 18(5), 617-618.

Other interests

Bernard has been researching and consulting on travel and tourism competitiveness in the East African region. Other work in East Africa includes supporting preservation of open spaces and advocating for plays and recreation programming in the large cities


  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Soccer
  • Cribbage
  • Scrabble

Awards and honors

Bernard's publications record includes both peer-reviewed papers and technical papers.