Research Focus

The Centres faculty and students engage in research that endeavors to address theoretical and /or applied issues constraining more sustainable forms of  development. For the most part their work focuses on three broad themes of inquiry: Growth Management, Human Dimensions / Behavioural Management, and Sustainability Management. Theoretical and/or applied examples of work they have undertaken in the past two years along with the collaborating partner organizations involved are highlighted below:

Growth Management
 • Oceans Management Research Network: Coastal tourism policy assessment in amenity rich coastal communities
 • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC): Amenity migration policy and planning strategies in rural BC communities
 • SSHRC. Assessing the effectiveness of resort governance systems in mountain resort communities

Human Dimensions / Behavioural Research
 • Canadian Park Service: Discrete choice modeling for resource services valuations
 • Tourism British Columbia: Assessing Olympic induced tourism social capital development in tourism organizations
 • Resort Municipality of Whistler: Assessing destination reputational capital associated with delivering the 2010 Olympic Games

Sustainability Management Research
 • SSHRC: Olympics venue development: stakeholder engagement and place-making
 • Canadian International Development Agency: Assessing relational social capital development in Cambodian community based ecotourism developments
 • Aboriginal Tourism BC: Aboriginal Tourism Blueprint Strategy Progress Report