- PhD 2014, North Carolina State University
- MS 2010, University of Missouri-Columbia
- BA 2008, Dalian University of Foreign Languages
Xu’s research is primarily focused on developing and promoting sustainable tourism (with an emphasis in agritourism, wine tourism) for communities using a combined stakeholder theory and GIS approach. Her research seeks to fully engage different stakeholders (e.g., tourists/visitors, tourism related businesses, residents, policy-makers) and to develop a comprehensive understanding of the impacts of tourism. She is also interested in examining other tourism niches (e.g., nature-based tourism, cultural tourism) in both regional and linear tourism route settings.
- Tourism Management
- Domestic and International Tourism: Resources, Market, and Impacts
- Sustainable Tourism
- Holladay, P., Dixon, A., Nguyen, M., Xu, S., Price-Howard, K. (2018). Stakeholder perceptions of tourism assets and sustainable tourism development in Da Nang, Vietnam. Enlightening Tourism, 8(2), 74-98.
- Xu, S., Barbieri, C., Anderson, D., Leung, Y. F., & Rich, S. R. (2016). Residents’ Perceptions of Wine Tourism Development. Tourism Management, 55, 276-286.
- Xu, S., Leung, Y. F., & Barbieri, C. (2016). Characterizing themed touring routes: A geospatial and tourism evaluation of wine trails. Tourism Planning and Development, 13(2), 168-184.
- Barbieri, C., Xu, S., Arroyo, G., & Rich, S. (2015). Agritourism, farm visit, or…? Assessing label preferences for farm recreation. Journal of Travel Research, 55(8), 1094-1108.
- Xu, S., Barbieri, C., Wilhelm Stanis, S., & Market, P. (2012). Sensation seeking behind recreational storm chasers. International Journal of Tourism Research, 14(3), 269-284.
- Smith, C., Santucci, D., Xu, S., Cox, A., & Henderson, K. (2012). “I Love my job, but…:” A narrative analysis of women’s perceptions of their careers in parks and recreation. Journal of Leisure Research, 44(1), 52-69.