Bio (Chris Ling)

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Chris Ling

Chris Ling


Associate Professor and Program Head


Environment and Sustainability


Chris Ling is an associate professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability. Ling is program head for the Master of Arts/Master of Science in Environmental Management program and also teaches sustainable development, land use and environmental management and research methods. His main areas of research are sustainable community development, quality of life and vitality, and urban, post-industrial and multi-functional landscapes, with a current focus on 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, Ling 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 holds a PhD in Planning and Landscape (2005) and a Master of Science in Pollution and Environmental Control (1999) from the University of Manchester in England. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences (1995) from the University of Southampton. Learn more about Ling on