Ben Amsden is a Research Assistant Professor of Social Science and Tourism Management. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the Center for Rural Partnerships, which includes promoting faculty and student engagement with community organizations, identifying and developing external funding for on-and-off campus partners, coordinating with administrative offices and academic departments, conducting externally funded research, advising graduate students, and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, and Penn State University, Ben’s research interests include the impacts of tourism development on rural communities; farm based recreation and tourism; the local food movement; the socio-ecological factors of place attachment; and natural-resource based volunteer stewardship programs.
Amsden B, Stedman R & Kruger L (2013). Volunteer meanings in the making of place. In Stewart W, Williams D & Kruger L (eds.). Theory and practice of place-based conservation: Perspectives from the social sciences. Springer Publishers.
Chase L, Kuehn D & Amsden B (2013). Measuring Quality of Life Indicators: A Case Study of Agritourism in the Northeast. Journal of Extension, 51(1).
Chase L, Amsden B & Phillips R (2011). Stakeholder engagement in tourism planning and development: Influencing and measuring quality of life. Under review for Uysal M, Perdue R & Sirgy J (eds.) Handbook of Tourism and Quality Of Life Research. Springer Publishers/ISQOLS.
Amsden B, Stedman R & Luloff A (2011). Exploring contexts of place: The role of setting and activity in a high-amenity tourism community. Tourism Geographies, 13(4), 531-548.
Amsden B, Stedman R & Kruger L (2011). The creation and maintenance of sense of place in a tourism-dependent community. Leisure Sciences, 33(1), 1-20.
Amsden B & McEntee J (2011). Agrileisure: Re-imagining the relationship between agriculture, leisure, and social change. Leisure/Loisir: The Journal of the Canadian Association for Leisure Studies, 35(1), 37-48.