• Community Sense of Place Community Sense of Place Tourism Impacts and Second Home Development: A Sustainable Approach
  • Climate, Weather, and Tourism Climate, Weather, and Tourism Tourism destinations and their individual tourism businesses are all vying for tourists at their respective locations.
  • Engagement and Community Engagement and Community In partnership with the Office of Engagement, Innovation, and Economic Development.
  • Rural Tourism Rural Tourism Sustaining rural America is one of today's pressing issues.
  • RESET RESET Race, Ethnicity, and Social Equity in Tourism
  • US Travel Care Code US Travel Care Code The United States Travel Care Code has been developed and is managed by the Center for Sustainable Tourism.
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  • Tourism and Entrepreneurship Tourism and Entrepreneurship Developing the local tourism industry as part of an economic development strategy.

Affiliate Faculty

Affiliate Faculty share an interest and enthusiasm for the Center's mission, conduct tourism research activities in conjunction with the Center, serve as thesis advisors and members, and mentor students working on sustainable tourism related research.


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Olga Smirnnova
Public Policy and Economic Development

Olga V. Smirnova

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Brewster A 102
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the public policy dimensions of urban and regional economic development with the concentration on transportation systems. The transportation infrastructure is especially important for the development at the local level, including the progress of tourism industry. My studies have evolved around the concept that boundaries which we draw through institutions matter for the actual outcomes that we receive in the transportation infrastructure or other venues.

Community Outreach Interests

My interests lie in the area of evaluating transportation systems and their efficiency. I have worked on several program evaluation efforts. My focus is on the combination of geographically-integrated quantitative and qualitative methods. Also, I have experience conducting cost-benefit analyses for transit projects.

Notable Publications

  • Smirnova, Olga and Gerald Ingalls. 2009. "Annexation, Incorporation and the Health of Central Cities in North and South Carolina," North Carolina Geographer, vol. 16
  • Leland, Suzanne and Olga Smirnova, 2009. "Reassessing Privatization Strategies 25 Years Later: Revisiting Perry and Babitsky's Comparative Performance Study of Urban Bus Transit Services," Journal of Public Administration Review, September- October, pp. 855-867.
  • Smirnova, Olga, Suzanne Leland, and Gary Johnson. 2008. "Popular, but More Influential? A Test of Whether Special Purpose Governments Impact Federal Transit Financing," Municipal Finance Journal, Vol. 28, No.4, pp. 43-61.
  • Leland, Suzanne and Olga Smirnova. 2008. "Does Government Structure Matter? An Empirical Test of whether Special Purpose Governments are More Efficient in Administering Bus Rapid Transit than General Purpose Governments," Journal of Public Transportation, Vol. 11, No.1, pp.63-83.
  • Smirnova, Olga and Gerald Ingalls. 2007. "The Influence of State Annexation Laws on the Growth of Selected Southern Cities," Southeastern Geographer Journal. Vol. 47, No. 1. pp.71-85.


  • PADM 6123: Economic Development: This course is designed to introduce you to a variety of methods and techniques commonly used in economic regional analysis.

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