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Mark Roseland

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  •  School of Community Resources and Development, 4020 Watts College of Pubic Service and Community Solutions Arizona State University Phoenix
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Mark Roseland is professor and past director of the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University, and senior sustainability scientist with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation at ASU. Before coming to ASU, he was at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, Canada, where he was professor of planning in the School of Resource and Environmental Management and director of the Centre for Sustainable Development. He is a Registered Professional Planner and full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and he has worked as Chief City Planner for a municipality in the Metro Vancouver area. He has been cited by The Vancouver Sun as "one of Vancouver’s top 50 living public intellectuals" and has received both the SFU Sustainability Network Award for Excellence in Research on Sustainability and the SFU President's Award on Leadership in Sustainability. 

A highly regarded thought leader, Professor Roseland lectures internationally and advises communities and governments on sustainable development policy and planning.  He is currently working on the 5th edition of his best-selling book Toward Sustainable Communities: Solutions for Citizens and Their Governments.

Roseland was a founding director of Catalyst Community Developments, which leverages real estate assets to create vibrant, affordable and inspiring places for people to live and work in. Catalyst adopts a mixed-income model, with a focus on building new rental homes that are affordable to individuals and families earning total household incomes of between CAD $20,000 (US $14,000) and CAD $100,000 (US $70,000) a year. Rents vary based on the size of the homes built. Catalyst’s goal is to offer rents that are initially in the range of 10-40% below market, and to work with its partners to manage – and even reduce – rents over time.

At SFU, he was a founding member of the SFU Community Trust’s Board of Directors, responsible for developing the award-winning UniverCity neighbourhood. The Trust is developing UniverCity by preparing zoned, serviced, subdivided sites to private sector developers on a prepaid, 99-year leasehold basis.  Having developed homes for more than 5,000 UniverCity residents, the Trust now has a record of successful partnerships with many of Greater Vancouver’s largest and most respected residential developers.

In Arizona he serves on the Board of RAIL (Retail, Arts, Innovation & Livability) Community Development Corporation, guiding and supporting quality transit-oriented development along the light rail corridor in Mesa.

Graduate Faculty: 


Ph.D. University of British Columbia, Canada

Research Interests: 

Sustainable Development policy and initiatives, particularly in areas such as transportation planning and traffic management, land use planning and growth management, housing and social policy, energy conservation and efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, social equity, multiplying social capital, and social mobilization for sustainable development.

Contemporary issues in Planning Theory, including movements and concepts in environmental politics and philosophy.

Community and Regional Economic Development, including community resource management (e.g., community forests, land trusts); alternative business financing (e.g., community loan funds, lending circles); local job creation (e.g., community enterprises, nonprofit enterprises, consumer/producer/worker co-ops); and community-based CED organizations (e.g., Community Development Corporations, Economic Development Commissions, Co-operative Development Agencies).

Planning Practice, including organizational development, group process skills, meeting facilitation techniques, effective partnerships, monitoring and evaluation, sustainable development performance assessment, and decision support methods and tools.

Research Group: 


Rethinking Sustainable Cities in a World of Social Distancing, M. Roseland and R Tomalty, Medium March 26, 2020

Spiliotopoulou, M., & Roseland, M. 2020. “Making the SDGs Relevant for Cities: Using the Community Capital Tool in British Columbia.” In King, L. O., & Iyer, S. (Eds), Monitoring Sustainable Development Goals in North American Cities: Best Practices in Community Planning and Performance Measurement, Springer.

Newell, Robert, Ann Dale, and Mark Roseland. 2018. "Climate Action Co-benefits and Integrated Community Planning: Uncovering the Synergies and Trade-Offs." The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses10 (4): 1-23. doi:10.18848/1835-7156/CGP/v10i04/1-23. 

Roseland, M., and M. Spiliotopoulou, “Converging urban agendas: toward healthy and sustainable communities,” Soc. Sci. 2016, 5(3), 28; doi:10.3390/socsci5030028  

Gismondi, M., S. Connelly, M. Beckie, S. Markey, and M. Roseland, Seeds of Transition: The Convergence of the Social Economy and Sustainable Community Development
(Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 2016).

Joss, S., Cowley, R., de Jong, M., Müller, B., Park, B-S., Rees, W., Roseland, M., and Rydin, Y. (2015). Tomorrow’s City Today: Prospects for Standardising Sustainable Urban Development. London: University of Westminster. (ISBN 978-0-9570527-5-8).

Roseland, M., “Networking the Nexus: Mobilising Research and Collaboration to Support the Urban Nexus,” Expert Statement in Brugmann, J.,  Operationalizing the Urban NEXUS: Towards Resource-Efficient and Integrated Cities and Metropolitan Regions, GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Bonn, Germany, 2014.

Roseland, M., Toward Sustainable Communities: Solutions for Citizens and Their Governments (Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 4th edition, 2012).

Connelly, S., S. Markey, and M. Roseland, “We Know Enough: Achieving Action through the Convergence of Sustainable Community Development and the Social Economy.”  In R. Simpson (Ed.), The Economy of Green Cities: A World Compendium on the Green Urban Economy, Springer Netherlands, Local Sustainability, Vol. 3 (November 2012). 

Roseland, M., “The Eco-City Approach to Sustainable Development in Urban Areas,” in D. Devuyst, L. Hens, and W. De Lannoy, Eds., How Green is the City?  Sustainability Assessment and the Management of Urban Environments (NY: Columbia University Press, 2001), pp. 85-104.

Roseland, M., "Sustainable Community Development: Integrating Environmental, Economic, and Social Objectives," Progress in Planning, Volume 54 (2), October 2000, pp. 73-132.

Research Activity: 

Director, Community Capital Lab, 2020 – ongoing.  The Lab conducts research and develops tools and applications. We work with communities, governments, foundations, businesses, and civil society to advance an integrated holistic approach to dialogue, decision-making, monitoring and assessment. Based at Arizona State University, we are pleased to work with researcher and practitioner partners across the country and around the world.

Founder, Pando | Sustainable Communities, 2012 – ongoing.  Pando is a network for sustainable communities researchers and practitioners. It is designed to connect local governments with sustainability-focused researchers from within academia and other respected organizations through a web-based home that facilitates professional collaboration and the sharing of sustainability research, tools, resources, challenges and solutions.  Pando was launched at Rio+20 in June 2012, with support from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) and others; it was re-launched with new features at the 2015 Local Governments for Sustainability World Congress in Seoul.

Charter Board Member, Catalyst Community Developments Society, 2013 – 2018.  Catalyst is a social enterprise created to leverage real estate assets for social change.  It acts as a catalyst for creative and community-oriented development of real estate by using its expertise and equity to secure control and/or ownership of strategically significant real estate to provide time and support for the necessary planning, co-ordination and due diligence work.  Catalyst is aligned with my research into “strategic sustainability.” 

Sustainable Development Goals.  In September 2015 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. I was particularly involved in helping develop Goal 11 on sustainable human settlements, and I continue research on implementation and monitoring of the SDGs.

Sustainable Development Solutions Network.  Network to mobilize academic, technical and professional expertise to aid in implementation of the UN's post-2015 agenda of Sustainable Development Goals.

Co-Convenor, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, 2015 World Congress Researchers Symposium, Seoul, Korea.

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
CRD 403Ldrship & Prof Devlpmt
CRD 435Service Learning/Community Dev
NLM 435Service Learning/Community Dev
CRD 593Applied Project
CRD 799Dissertation
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
CRD 301Sustainable Communities
CRD 403Ldrship & Prof Devlpmt
CRD 590Reading and Conference
CRD 593Applied Project
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
CRD 301Sustainable Communities
CRD 403Ldrship & Prof Devlpmt
CRD 592Research
CRD 593Applied Project
CRD 792Research
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
CRD 301Sustainable Communities
CRD 592Research
CRD 690Reading and Conference
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CRD 592Research
CRD 690Reading and Conference
Honors / Awards: 

2018.  President's Award for Leadership in Sustainability, Simon Fraser University

2012.  Sustainability Network Award for Excellence in Research on Sustainability, Simon Fraser University, Sustainability Advisory Committee

2005, 2006.  Nominated by Simon Fraser University for the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC’s “Academic of the Year” Award.

2000.  Cited as one of British Columbia's "top 50 living public intellectuals" by The Vancouver Sun.

Professional Associations: 

American Planning Association

Canadian Institute of Planners

Planning Institute of British Columbia

Planners Network


International Society for Ecological Economics

American Association of Geographers

Pando | Sustainable Communities

Work History: 

1979-82                       Editor, RAIN Magazine

1982-87                       Director, Matrix Institute

1987-92                       Ph.D., School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia 

1992-95                       Assistant Professor (Limited Term), Simon Fraser University (SFU) School of Resource and Environmental Management

1995-2009                   Assistant (1995), Associate (2001), Full (2006) Professor, SFU Department of Geography

1995-97                       Associate Director, SFU Centre for Sustainable Development

1997-2018                   Director, SFU Centre for Sustainable Development

2010-2018                   Professor, SFU School of Resource and Environmental Management

2013                            City Planner, City of North Vancouver, BC (while on leave from SFU)

2018-                           Professor, School of Community Resources and Development, Arizona State University

Industry Positions: 

1979-82                       Editor, RAIN Magazine

1982-87                       Director, Matrix Institute

2013                            City Planner, City of North Vancouver, BC (while on leave from SFU)