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Our experts lead cutting-edge research that creates healthier, more sustainable communities by fostering active lifestyles and promoting responsible relationships between people and nature.

Supporting Healthy Communities and Environments

From studying the impacts of climate change on coastal tourism to developing mobile apps to promote physical activity, NC State’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management is dedicated to enhancing the social, environmental and economic well-being of communities worldwide.

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.