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PRTMtriangleR3Whether you are seeking information, research collaborators or a quality graduate school experience, PRTM’s research program has much to offer.

PRTM faculty, research associates, and graduate students are actively engaged in high impact scholarship leading to science-driven solutions to enhance the social, environmental, and economic well-being of communities.

Each year PRTM faculty compete for and are awarded external research grants and contracts totaling more than $1,000,000 making it possible for our faculty to conduct research related to health and well-being, human dimensions of built and natural environments, and equitable and sustainable tourism.

Our research is carried out using a number of geospatial methods and models to analyze and display data spatially and temporally. The latter provides us with a powerful way to explore complex social-ecological systems and reach policy makers and practitioners with new ways of knowing and understanding how policy decisions impact sustainable environments and communities.

Our research findings are critical to and help inform major policy debates related to human health and well-being, especially issues related to physical activity, land use and landscape design, social justice, sustainable tourism practices and rural vitality, and climate change.

Partnerships and Collaborations

PRTM conducts research in partnership with a number of federal agencies including the National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Faculty research is also supported by private foundations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Golden Leaf Foundation. The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation, the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film & Sport Development as well as non-profit organizations also provide support for PRTM research. Finally, PRTM faculty work collaboratively with faculty in the College of Natural Resources and other disciplines at NC State including public administration, landscape architecture, statistics and with colleagues from a variety of universities across the country.

Research Areas

Health and Well-being Research

Human Dimensions of Built and Natural Environments Research

Equitable and Sustainable Tourism Research

Geospatial Methods and Models


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