Dr. Jana Raadik is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and also a tourism lecturer/researcher at Kuresaare College of Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. Jana is a nature-based tourism specialist with an expertise in island community development via sustainable tourism. She completed her Ph.D. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR) at Colorado State University and master's degree at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
Dr. Raadik has several years of experience in international resort management and marketing in Europe and has also managed her own travel agency overseas, focusing on rural tourism. Currently she is an academic coordinator for an international summer school in sustainable tourism in Estonia, with partnering institutions from France, Finland, Latvia, Sweden, The Netherlands, and U.K. Her research focuses on sense of place and sustainable tourism development on islands. Present projects include second homeowners’ studies in island communities and collaborative conservation efforts within protected areas in Europe. Jana is an island girl who spent her childhood on the westernmost island of the former Soviet Union, which was separated from the rest of the world by the “Iron Curtain.” With her passion in sailing, she is always ready to explore what is beyond the horizon.