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Chris Ling

Chris Ling


Associate Professor


Environment and Sustainability


Chris Ling is an associate professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability. 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 program head for the MA/MSc in Environmental Management program. His current research areas are multi-functional urban greenspaces, and green spaces and climate change. Other recent research projects have included an examination of public uptake and acceptance of a municipal green energy incentive program, a review of climate change adaptation at the local level across Canada and a study of the Transition Towns movement in Canada.


Ling came to Royal Roads in 2006 as a post-doctoral scholar 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 at the University of Manchester, where he was engaged in a number of projects related to post-industrial landscapes 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