Lorri K Krebs

Lorri K Krebs

Professional Details

Title: Professor
Office: MH-326B
Phone: 978-542-7644
Email: lorri.krebs@salemstate.edu

Spring Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
3020 04 GPH105 Introduction to Geography
3027 01 GPH221 Geography of Canada
3082 01 GPH364 Special Events and Festivals
4091 01 GPH410 Internship in Geography

Professional Biography

Lorri Krebs is a Professor in Geography at Salem State University, Massachusetts where she specializes in regional economic development, community identity and planning, and sustainable tourism development. She hold a Masters Degree with an emphasis on ecosystem approaches, parks and protected areas as well as a Ph.D. with an emphasis on technology, tourism, marketing tools, and decision-making. She has extensive international employment experience across various fields in Switzerland, Mexico and Canada. Current research interests include sustainable local foods, non-profit organization development, quality of life, and ecotourism.

Dr. Krebs is the appointed Executive Director of Salem State's Center for Economic Development and Sustainability (CEDS) where much of the grant-funded projects aid non-profit organizations, municipalities and regions in economic development initiatives.

Professional Interests

My areas of interest and expertise are varied. The focus of my current research examines strategies employed regionally in pursuit of local economic development, as well as a longitudinal study exploring quality of life issues in Essex County, and how special events contribute to tourism. 

Other areas of interest which I am pursuing for future research and publication expand on our longitudinal study surrounding Quality of Life and include: GIS and economic cluster growth, open space and exercise, the relationships between Diabetes and mobility in Essex County, and the sustainability of local foods.


I am currently teaching both undergraduate and graduate community development, tourism and economic related courses in the Department of Geography, although I enjoy teaching regional courses such as the Caribbean and the Geography of Canada. I also lead a Travel Seminar, and coordinate related trips to places such as Nice, France; Athens, Greece and Walt Disney World. In addition, I instruct Graduate GIS courses related to computer modelling.

Coordinating Internships for both graduate and undergraduate students has been a very rewarding responsibility and students have had some wonderful opportunities to work with our industry partners such as: The Hawthorne Hotel; Destination Salem; MOTT; North of Boston CVB; Foxwoods Casino; Mohegan Sun Casino; Salem Waterfront Hotel; Burton's Grill; Holiday Inn; Marriott Hotels; P.F. Chang; Salem Main Streets; Ipswich Visitor Center - just to name a few.

I am always available to speak with students interested in our undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Tourism Development or graduate work bridging GIS with community planning, tourism or local foods.

 As the appointed Executive Director of the Center for Economic Development & Sustainability (CEDS), I have become more involved in community service, and as a regional resource and grants interface between non-profits and academia. Many local businesses, organizations, cities and towns have already become involved with CEDS initiated projects and we continue to seek out opportunities to collaborate with partners to benefit the North Shore, Massachusetts.