The NHTV Centre for Sustainability, Tourism and Transport (CSTT) is an independent research and knowledge institute within NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences.
At CSTT, we aim to contribute to the understanding of the environmental impacts of tourism and the tourism sector and, based on this knowledge, aim to support the industry with the transition to sustainable development. One of the main issues hampering the sustainable development of tourism is its contribution to climate change. Therefore the CSTT has become an expert in methods to research and measure emissions of greenhouse gasses, notably the carbon footprint of tourism, and how to avoid these, for example through carbon management practices. In sustainability, many issues are interrelated and therefore the CSTT is also involved in research to other environmental issues like the use of (non-renewable) resources, spatial developments at destinations, impacts on eco-systems and nature, local noise, air quality and water quality/quantity issues and impacts of environmental deterioration on tourism flows.
We approach research in a multi-disciplinary way, where tourism and transport studies and geography mix with environmental and behavioural sciences, including business behaviour and governance.
The CSTT researches, disseminates and educates sustainable development of tourism and transport. Our core products are project reports, scientific and professional publications, and education. Search our publications list with an extended search function, or browse through our projects, student theses and services by using the menu. Have a look at our annual reports for brief overviews of our most activities.
As NHTV research group, CSTT is a member of the Centre of Expertise Leisure, Toerisme & Hospitality (CELTH), an initiative of NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, HZ University of Applied Sciences and Stenden University of Applied Sciences. Academic partners are Wageningen University & Research Centre, the University of Groningen, and Tilburg University.