Academia & Training

For students, researchers, teachers and trainers, and those with research needs. Directories on this page:

  • Higher Education and Research Groups
  • University Programs
  • Community College Programs
  • Training

These directories are far from complete. Please submit new entries by entering a comment or e-mailing, 50-word maximum.

Higher Education and Research Groups:

Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) has an Academic Affiliates program that
includes experienced and highly-regarded professors whose classes and research involve sustainable tourism.

Commission on the Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change shares news, events, and links to geography academics around the world via the International Geographical Union (IGU). Provides research, publications, links and announcements from academic professionals’ study. The site also offers a forum for the Tourism Geography Commission.

The Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung (Institute for Tourism and Development) is a German think tank dealing with research, development, and education in tourism, including an annual “dialogue” on particularly sensitive issues with top management and media (German and English).

University programs:

Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark, offers a specialized masters in Global Tourism Development, with courses in Global Tourism and Transnational Mobility and Sustainable Development and Tourism.

Arizona State University has an online master’s program in Sustainable Tourism as well as a masters of Advanced Study in Sustainable Tourism. The University also has a Center for Sustainable Tourism that provides community engagement and research.

Brock University in Ontario, Canada, has a Department of Tourism Management (formerly Tourism and Environment), which offers an undergraduate degree that combines knowledge of environmental issues and sustainability with an in-depth understanding of sustainable tourism management. The department also produces research.

Bournemouth University in England offers a BA in Tourism ManagementMSc in Tourism Management, and MSc in International Hospitality and Tourism Management, with opportunities to specialize in cultural, natural, and other types of sustainably minded tourism.

Capilano University in North Vancouver, B.C., Canada has several types of undergraduate and certificate degrees in tourism management, which include emphases in sustainability, community engagement, global consciousness, and engaged and experiential learning.

CQ University offers offers undergraduate degrees in tourism management, tourism certificates, a Master of Sustainable Tourism Management, and post-graduate sustainable-tourism research opportunities. The tourism degree program is based out of this regional Australian university’s Noosa campus on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. CQ University is a leader in the Asia Pacific region for tourism engagement with United Nations agencies (UNWTO, UNEP, ILO, UNESCO) and various international initiatives.

East Carolina University in Greenville, NC hosts the Center for Sustainability through the College of Business, with a strong focus in tourism, alongside a MS in Sustainable Tourism. The Center conducts a wide range of research and initiatives in various niches of sustainable tourism.

Eastern Michigan University offers a Geography Major – Geotourism Concentration and a Tourism Geography minor.

George Mason University in Manassas, VA, offers a BS program and minor in Tourism Management. Focusing on varying components of sustainable tourism, the program has been designated a GMU “Green Leaf” academic program—one which focuses on learning about sustainability.

The George Washington University, in Washington, DC, offers a Master of Tourism Administration (MTA) Program through the School of Business with a concentration in sustainable destination management, a tourism concentration in the MBA program, and undergraduate and distance-learning programs covering sustainable destination development. The associated  International Institute for Tourism Studies  performs research.

Griffith University (Queensland), Australia,  hosts the International Centre for Ecotourism Research and runs one of the world’s most in-depth research programs on sustainable tourism—its environmental and cultural impacts, economic policies, and green behavior guidelines. Of particular interest to this program is tourism that occurs in the most vulnerable sites on our planet.

King’s College London offers MA and MS programs in Tourism, Environment & Development.

Leeds Metropolitan University (U.K.) offers a masters and PhD in Responsible Tourism Management at the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality.

Michigan State University has a masters and PhD program in Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area Management.

Missouri State University offers through the Department of Geography, Geology and Planning the first U.S. baccalaureate in geotourism (based on geographical character, including culture, ecology, history, geology, tourism economics, etc.).

Monash University in Australia offers a master of International Sustainable Tourism Management.

Mount Royal University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada offers a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education – Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership. The program requires two expedition components.

New York University‘s Tisch Center for Hospitality & Tourism offers a BS in Hotel and Tourism Management and a MS in Tourism Management, both with integrated studies of sustainability and ecotourism. Graduate certificates are also offered in tourism management.

University of Central Florida‘s Rosen College of Hospitality Management offers an online certificate in Destination Marketing and Management, with an emphasis in economic, socio-cultural and environmental impacts of tourist development at destinations.

University of Northern Texas has a masters program in International Sustainable Tourism.

University of Otago, New Zealand, Department of Tourism offers a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Tourism (BCom in Tourism) with emphasis in ecotourism and sustainable development. The university also offers several graduate degrees and a wide range of research options. Visit the website for publication listings, ongoing research by students and professors, international collaborations, events, links, conferences, and affiliated organizations.

University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada, School of Business offers a Master in Tourism Development Program along with undergraduate and distance-learning programs in French covering sustainable destination development.

Ryerson University operates the Ted Rogers Institute for Hospitality & Tourism Research, focusing on sustainability, food, m-commerce, and visiting friends and relatives. The university also hosts Canada’s oldest hospitality program through its Bachelor of Commerce.

University of Surrey in England offers a MS in Sustainable Tourism.

University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada offers a Bachelors of Arts in Tourism Development (BA) and a MA Tourism through either the Department of Geography and Environmental Management for a Master of Environmental Studies (MES) or the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies for a Master of Arts (MA).

Western Sydney University in Australia offers a Bachelor of Tourism Management, Bachelor of Social Science (Heritage and Tourism), and a Bachelor of Social Science (Geography and Urban Studies). The core of the degrees provide an in-depth introduction to the business underpinnings of tourism (accounting, marketing and management) alongside a consideration of its natural, social and cultural environments.

Community College programs:

Bristol Community College in Massachusetts offers an Associate Degree in Geotourism Destination Management.

Centennial College, Toronto, ON, Canada offers a 3-year post-secondary Hospitality & Tourism Management degree, with a philosophy of global citizenship.

Training offers free webinars for hoteliers and travel professionals on a wide-range of sustainability topics, including water, energy, waste, community, kitchen, building, pollution, and social.

The George Washington University and UNWTO Themis Foundation partner each year to offer a specialized intensive training on Tourism and International Cooperation for Development to a select number of international participants. Training goals are:

  • To provide participants with the necessary basic knowledge and tools to take part in international cooperation projects (or development programs) through tourism;
  • To disseminate UNWTO’s principles and guidelines, especially tourism’s role as an instrument of development and poverty alleviation;
  • To disseminate the ideals of service and solidarity rooted in the essence of volunteerism.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council offers a training program on how to meet the internationally endorsed GSTC sustainable destination criteria.

Publications—Journals, Research, Academic Books

The following peer-reviewed journals touch upon destination stewardship. Via these links, brief overviews of journal contents are available for free, as well as the option to download full articles for a fee:

Tourism Research Links are offered through René Waksberg’s directory for tourism researchers, consultants, and managers. The site lists tourism schools, journals, organizations, and research institutes.

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Editor for this page: Samantha Hogenson

Samantha Bray

About Samantha Bray

Managing Director at the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), Geotourism degree holder from Missouri State University, & MTA from George Washington University. A lover of all things travel!

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