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Professor of Community Resources and Development, Arizona State University

Mark Roseland is professor and past director, School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University, and senior sustainability scientist with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability 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 for Leadership in Sustainability.

Professor Roseland lectures internationally and advises communities and governments on sustainable development policy and planning. His best-selling book "Toward Sustainable Communities: Solutions for Citizens and Their Governments" is in its 4th edition. He is also the founder of Pando | Sustainable Communities, an international network to promote collaboration between sustainable communities researchers and practitioners.

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. At SFU, he was a founding member of the SFU Community Trust’s Board of Directors, responsible for developing the award-winning UniverCity neighborhood. 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.


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    Professor of Community Resources and Development, Arizona State University


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