Bio (Chris Ling)

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Chris Ling

Chris Ling


Faculty & Program Head, Bachelor of Arts or Science in Environmental Practice


Environment and Sustainability


Chris Ling is program head for the BA or BSc in Environmental Practice. He currently teaches sustainability sciences in the Master of Science or Arts in Environment and Management. Ling has also taught research methods, sustainable development, land use and environmental planning.

He supervises thesis, dissertation and major project students in all Environment and Sustabainablity graduate programs and the Doctorate in Social Sciences program. 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 urban greenspaces, biodiversity and climate change.


Ling started his career as an Environmental Consultant at WS Atkins. Following his Masters, he worked as a research assistant in the Centre for Urban and Regional Ecology at the University of Manchester. His work focused on projects related to post-industrial landscapes in partnership with Groundwork UK. 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.


  • PhD in Planning and Landscape from the University of Manchester (2005)
  • Master of Science in Pollution and Environmental Control from the University of Manchester (1999)
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from the University of Southampton (1995)