Dr. Kumi Kato is professor at the Faculty of Tourism, Wakayama University and Deputy Director of the Center of Tourism Research, Wakayama University, Japan. She is also an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia. Her research area includes sustainability and tourism, community resilience and traditional knowledge through ecohumanities perspectives, and ‘slow tourism development’ in relation to pilgrimage routes and walking-based tourism. Recent publications include: Kato, K. (2017). Walking to care: pilgrimage tourism & conservation, in Hall, C.M., Ram, Y., & Shoval, N. (eds) The Routledge International Handbook of Walking, Routledge, Chapter 23, 232-241; Kato, K. (2017). Debating Sustainability in Tourism Development: Resilience, Traditional Knowledge and Community: A Post-disaster Perspective, Tourism Planning & Development, DOI: 10.1080/21568316.2017.1312508; Kato, K. (2017) Restoring spiritual resilience in post-disaster recovery in Fukushima, in Lew, A.A. & Cheer, J.M. (Eds.) Tourism Resilience and Adaptation to Environmental Change, New York: Routledge; Kato, K. (2015) Australia’s whaling discourse: Global norm, green consciousness and identity, Journal of Australian Studies, Vol. 39 (4), 477-493 (John Barrett Award).