Supporting Healthy Communities and Environments
Scientific discovery and technical innovation are essential to improving the social, economic and environmental well-being of communities.
Our faculty are leaders in their fields and share a passion for discovery. Each year, they compete for and are awarded millions of dollars from federal, state and nonprofit agencies to conduct high-impact research in a number of focus areas, including sport, sustainable tourism, parks and recreation, and community health and well-being.
By working with leading partners and cutting-edge technologies, our faculty play a vital role in solving some of society’s biggest challenges. Their insights inform major policy debates related to physical activity, land use, environmental justice, climate change and more.
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Research
Areas of Research
From youth development to community resilience, and everything in between, our faculty research is changing the way people interact with each other and nature.
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Jun 7, 2021
Five Questions with Park Ranger and Superintendent Rebecca Harriett
In her 38 years with the National Park Service, Harriett held multiple positions at parks, monuments and historic sites across the nation.
Jun 1, 2021
Building a Case for Community Gardens
As a community garden in Raleigh fights to remove regulatory barriers, one NC State expert weighs in on the benefits of urban agriculture.