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Chris Ling

Chris Ling


Associate Professor


Environment and Sustainability


Chris Ling is the director of the School of Environment and Sustainability. He explores planning and landscape in human environments. His main areas of research are sustainable community development; quality of life and vitality; and urban, post-industrial and multi-functional landscapes. At Royal Roads, he teaches sustainable development and is co-program head for the MA/MSc in Environmental Management program. He is working with several other Royal Roads faculty and staff on a project titled Understanding the public uptake and acceptance of a municipal green energy incentive program, funded by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and in partnership with Solar Colwood. He also is a co-investigator on two Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded research projects – NMAP and a study of the Transition Towns movement in Canada.


Ling came to Royal Roads in 2006 as a post-doctoral scholar and as part of Canada Research Chair Ann Dale’s research team involved in projects examining sustainable infrastructure, social agency and sustainable community development. He became a core faculty member in 2010. Prior to Royal Roads, worked as a research assistant in the Centre for Urban and Regional Ecology, where he was engaged in a number of projects in partnership with Groundwork UK.


Ling has a PhD in planning and landscape and a MSc in pollution and environmental control from the University of Manchester in England. He earned his BSc in environmental sciences from the University of Southampton. Learn more about Ling on