Skip to Content
Megha Budruk

Megha Budruk
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Associate Professor, Parks and Recreation Program, School of Community Resources and Development

Megha.Budruk@asu.edu
602-496-0171

School of Community Resources and Development
Arizona State University
411 N Central Ave, Ste 555
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0690

Dr. Megha Budruk is an Associate Professor in the Parks and Recreation Program at the School of Community Resources & Development, Arizona State University, USA. Trained in the natural and social sciences, Dr. Budruk's work is interdisciplinary in nature. She received her doctoral degree in Natural Resources from University of Vermont, USA, an MS in Recreation Management and Tourism from Arizona State University, USA, an MS in Environmental Sciences from University of Poona in India, and BS in Zoology from University of Poona in India.

Dr. Budruk's current research projects include work for the Bureau of Land Management, California, the Maricopa County Department of Parks and Recreation, Arizona, and most notably a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities looking at place attachment to nature-based religious sites in India. This latter work brings together the natural and social sciences with humanities. In addition to two dozen articles and book chapters on sustainable recreation, place attachment, and visitor management, Megha has recently co-edited a book, Quality of Life and Community Indicators for Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Megha regularly teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Sustainable Communities, Wilderness and Parks in America, Leisure and Quality of Life, and Theoretical Perspectives in Community Studies.

PhD, Natura Resources, University of Vermont, 2005

MS, Recreation Management and Tourism, Arizona State University, 2000

MS, Environmental Sciences, University of Poona, Pune, India, 1992

BS, Zoology, Fergusson College, University of Poona, Pune, India, 1990

Journal Articles

2011

Budruk, M., S. A. Wilhelm Stanis, I. E. Schneider and D. H. Anderson. 2011. Differentiating place attachment dimensions among proximate and distant visitors to two water-based recreation areas. Society and Natural Resources 24:917-932. DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2010.495975. (link )

Manning, R. E., W. Valliere, L. Anderson, R. Stansfield McCown, P. Pettengill, N. Reigner, S. Lawson, P. Newman, M. Budruk, D. Laven, J. Hallo, L. Park, J. Bacon, D. Abbe, C. van Riper and K. Goonan. 2011. Defining, measuring, monitoring, and managing the sustainability of parks for outdoor recreation. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration 29(3):24-37. (link )

Virden, R. and M. Budruk. 2011. Sustainability: Reflections on the challenges of providing sustainable leisure opportunities in a world and era of scarce resources. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration 29(3):1-10. (link )

White, D. D., J. F. Aquino, M. Budruk and A. Golub. 2011. Visitors' experiences of traditional and alternative transportation in Yosemite National Park. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration 29(1):38-57. (link )

2009

Budruk, M., L. J. Cowen, C. F. Yoshioka and P. Kulinna. 2009. Physical activity participation constraints among athletic trainers: A profession based assessment. Leisure/Loisir 33(2):563-587. DOI: 10.1080/14927713.2009.9651453. (link )

Budruk, M., H. Thomas and T. Tyrrell. 2009. Urban green spaces: A study of place attachment and environment attitudes in India. Society and Natural Resources 22(9):824-839. DOI: 10.1080/08941920802628515. (link )

Budruk, M., R. Virden and M. T. Waskey. 2009. Community conversations around public lands: Exploring beneficial outcomes in the Wood River Valley. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration 27(1):102-118. (link )

2008

Budruk, M., D. D. White, J. A. Woodrich and C. J. Van Riper. 2008. Connecting visitors to people and place: Visitors' perceptions of authenticity at Canyon de Chelley National Monument, Arizona. Journal of Heritage Tourism 3(3):185-202. DOI: 10.1080/17438730802139004. (link )

Budruk, M., S. A. Wilhelm Stanis, I. E. Schneider and J. J. Heisey. 2008. Crowding and experience-use history: A study of the moderating effect of place attachment among water-based recreationists. Environmental Management 41(4):528-537. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-007-9059-1. (link )

2006

Budruk, M. and R. E. Manning. 2006. Indicators and standards of quality at an urban-proximate park: Litter and graffiti at Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. 24(3):1-23. (link )

2005

Manning, R. E., Y. Leung and M. Budruk. 2005. Research to support management of visitory carrying capacity of Boston Harbor Islands. Northeast Naturalist 12(sp3):201-220. DOI: 10.1656/1092-6194(2005)12[201:RTSMOV]2.0.CO;2. (link )

2004

Hendricks, W. W., I. E. Schneider and M. Budruk. 2004. Extending importance-performance analysis with benefit-based segmentation. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration 22(1):53-74. (link )

2003

Manning, V., W. Lawson, P. Newman, W. Valliere, M. Budruk and D. Laven. 2003. Basic and applied research: Application of disciplinary theory and methods in the field of leisure studies. Society and Leisure 26(1):25-48.

2002

Budruk, M., I. E. Schneider, K. L. Andereck and R. J. Virden. 2002. Crowding and satisfaction among visitors to a built desert attraction. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration 20(3):1-17. (link )

2001

Budruk, M., W. Valliere, R. E. Manning, D. Laven and M. Hof. 2001. Crossing programmatic boundaries: Integrative approaches to managing the quality of the visitor experience. The George Wright Forum 18(3):124-131. (link )

1999

Schneider, I. E. and M. Burduk. 1999. Displacement as a response to the federal recreation fee program. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration 17(3):76-84. (link )

Books

2010

Budruk, M. and C. Phillips. 2010. Quality of Life Community Indicators for Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Springer. The Netherlands.

Book Chapters

2010

Myers, D., M. Budruk and K. L. Andereck. 2010. Stakeholder involvement in destination level sustainable tourism indicator development: The case of a southwestern U.S. mining town. Quality of Life and Community Indicators for Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Springer. The Netherlands.

Phillips, C. and M. Budruk. 2010. Introduction to quality-of-life community indicators for parks, recreation and tourism management. Quality of Life and Community Indicators for Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Springer. The Netherlands.

2009

Nyaupane, G. P. and M. Budruk. 2009. South Asian heritage tourism: Conflict, colonialism, and cooperation. Pp. 127-145 In: Timothy, D. J. and G. P. Nyaupane eds., Cultural Heritage and Tourism in the Developing World: A Regional Perspective. Routledge. London.

2004

Manning, R. E., S. Lawson, P. Newman, M. Budruk, W. Valliere, D. Laven and J. Bacon. 2004. Visitor perceptions of recreation-related resource impacts. Pp. 259-272 In: Buckley, G. L. ed., Environmental Impacts of Ecotourism. CAB International. London.

Presentations

2015

Aggarwal, R. M., M. Budruk, S. Bugental, I. Drower and B. Klimek. 2015. Cross cultural exchanges towards global change: Engaging youth with food and water challenges. Presentation at the Balance-Unbalance 2015 International Conference: Water, Climate, Place – Reimagining Environments, March 25-29, 2015, Tempe, AZ.

2012

Plunkett, D., M. Burduk and W. T. Lee. 2012. Examining the impact of mental imagery visualization on place attachment: Destination marketing perspective. Presentation at 17-19 June 2012 TTRA Graduate Colloquium, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

2011

Budruk, M. and K. L. Andereck. 2011. Environmental research, planning, and management: A perspective from the parks, recreation and tourism field. Presentation at the 15-17 December 2011 International Congress of Environmental Research, Surat, India.

Budruk, M., R. E. Manning, W. Valliere, C. J. Van Riper and K. Goonan. 2011. Extending the three dimensional place attachment model: Spirituality and nature as new dimensions of place attachment. Presentation at the 13-17 June 2011 17th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Sabah, Malaysia.

Holloway, C., M. Budruk and W. T. Lee. 2011. Exploring the influence of personality traits on perceived-crowding and recreational-satisfaction in an urban park environment. Presentation at 13-17 June 2011 17th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Sabah, Malaysia.

Van Riper, C. J., G. T. Kyle, R. E. Manning and M. Budruk. 2011. Understanding the role of place attachment in a stated choice analysis of recreationists' preferences for resource, social and managerial conditions. Presentation at the 2011 April Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium, Bolton Landing, New York.

2010

Budruk, M., S. A. Wilhelm Stanis, I. E. Schneider and D. H. Anderson. 2010. Differentiating place attachment among proximate and distant visitors to two water-based recreation areas. Presentation at the 6-10 June 2010 16th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Cole, Z., D. D. White and M. Budruk. 2010. Native American environmental values and natural resource management practices: Quileute Tribal perspectives. Presentation at the 6-10 June 2010 16th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Corpus Christi, Texas.

2009

Budruk, M. 2009. Cross-language measurement equivalence of the place attachment scale. Presentation at the 14-18 October 2009 National Recreation and Park Association, Leisure Research Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Budruk, M. and S. A. Wilhelm Stanis. 2009. Place attachment and recreation experience preferences: A further exploration of the relationship. Presentation at the 5-9 July 2009 15th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Vienna.

Virden, R. J. and M. Budruk. 2009. Exploring relationships between experience use history, motivation and recreation benefits for public land nature based tourists. Presentation at the 6 March 2009 California Parks and Recreation Society Research Symposium, Santa Clara, California.

2008

Budruk, M. and C. Thomas. 2008. Urban green spaces: Place attachment and environmental attitudes in India. Presentation at the 10-14 June 2008 14th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Burlington, Vermont.

Myers, D. and M. Budruk. 2008. Stakeholder theory and indicator measuring systems in sustainable tourism development. Presentation at the 26-28 November 2008 Sustainable Tourism Development, Huddinge, Sweden.

Virden, R. J., M. Budruk and S. Ackerman. 2008. Exploring differences in recreation benefits on Colorado public lands. Presentation at the 10-14 June 2008 14th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Burlington, Vermont.

2007

Budruk, M., R. Virden and T. Waskey. 2007. Community conversations around public lands: Exploring benefit diversity in the Wood River Valley. Presentation at the 17-21 June 2007 13th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Park City, Utah.

Budruk, M., J. A. Woodrich and D. D. White. 2007. Connecting visitors to land, people, and place: The relationship between place attachment and perceptions of cultural authenticity at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona. Presentation at the 16-20 April GWS Biennial Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites, Minnesota.

Reports

2007

Harlan, S. L., M. Budruk, A. Gustafson, K. L. Larson, D. M. Ruddell, V. K. Smith, A. Y. Wutich and S. T. Yabiku. 2007. Phoenix area social survey 2006 highlights: Community and environment in a desert metropolis. Center for Environmental Studies, ASU. Central Arizona - Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Series 4, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State Uni. (link )