Ph.D Community & Economic Development - Community and Economic development activities to promote well-being, happiness, enhanced quality of life, and social equity for all residents. Specific projects examine the role of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector; parks, recreation and tourism activities; and community organizations in promoting resilience, empowerment, and adaptive capacity for individuals and communities. This theme also focuses on improving organizational competence, enhancing professional development, and developing research-based knowledge for nonprofit, public and private sector organizations that provide tourism, parks and leisure, nonprofit, and community programs and services. These community resources are essential components to the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. In particular, the development of entrepreneurial approaches to social enterprise is a growing area of opportunity as communities seek to find new organizational forms that improve the human and community condition.
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