Jaelle van de Velde (jdvandev@ncsu.edu)
Master’s Student & Teaching/Research Assistant
I pursued my bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management at the Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Deventer, The Netherlands. As a master’s student, I am interested in sustainable tourism as a way to create a better life for the people and planet. I have research experience in connecting non-profit organizations with tour operators to protect wild felines in Africa.




Claudia Gil Arroyo (clgilarr@ncsu.edu)
Doctoral Candidate & Research Assistant (Co-advised by Dr. Knollenberg & Dr. Barbieri).
I have a bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management from Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (Peru), and a master’s in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from University of Missouri (USA). I am interested in tourism as a tool for sustainable community development, specially in indigenous communities. I have research experience in agritourism, community-based tourism and food tourism. My doctoral research focuses on craft-beverage tourism.



Sara Brune, PhD (sbrunea@ncsu.edu)
I pursued my doctoral degree at NC State (co-advised by Dr. Knollenberg & Barbieri). I investigate the potential of tourism to contribute to innovative sustainability solutions. I am investigating the connections between agritourism, education and policy to promote resiliency in food systems. I have a bachelor’s degree from Zamorano University (Honduras) in Rural Development, and a master’s degree in Agro-Ecology and Social Change from Wageningen University (The Netherlands).


Carla Barbieri, PhD (carla_barbieri@ncsu.edu)
PRTM Professor in Sustainable Tourism.
I founded and lead the Agritourism & Societal Well-being lab. My main research line focuses on farm entrepreneurial diversification, especially related to agritourism development. I also conduct studies on the socio-cultural aspects of niche tourism. I teach at the undergraduate (Sustainable Tourism) & graduate (Advanced Theories and Leisure Research) levels. I am also a specialist of the Tourism Extension team.