Robert Newell

Associate faculty

Environment & Sustainability

Dr. Robert Newell is an associate director of the Food and Agriculture Institute, University of the Fraser Valley, and an adjunct faculty in the School of Environment and Sustainability, Royal Roads University. Newell teaches courses on critical sustainability issues and sustainable development, and he is a co-developer and co-instructor of SPCC614: Science and Impacts of Climate Change in the Graduate Certificate in the Science and Policy of Climate Change program. Newell’s research focuses on sustainable community development, integrated planning, and stakeholder engagement, and he explores tools for supporting local planning and decision-making, such as integrated models and visualizations.


Prior to working at the University of the Fraser Valley, Newell was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at Royal Roads University, researching integrated models and visualizations as tools for community planning. He has been affiliated with the university as a sustainability researcher and teacher since 2011, working with Ann Dale’s Community Research Connections program. Newell works with a variety of quantitative (e.g., decomposition analysis, regressions, factor analysis), qualitative (e.g., thematic coding), and spatial (e.g., GIS) methods.


PhD in Geography

University of Victoria

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

Royal Roads University

Master of Arts in Environment and Management

Royal Roads University

Bachelor of Science in Biology and Statistics

University of Victoria


Goudine, A., Newell, R., & Bone, C. (2020). Seeing climate change: A framework for understanding visualizations for climate adaptation. International Journal of Geo-Information, 9(11), 644. doi: 10.3390/ijgi9110644

Jost, F., Dale, A., Newell, R., & Robinson, J. (2020). Evaluating development path changes using a novel climate action assessment framework in three municipalities in British Columbia, Canada. Environmental Science and Policy, 114, 410–421. doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2020.09.007

Jost, F., Dale, A., Newell, R., & Robinson, J. (in review). Climate action assessment in three small municipalities in British Columbia : advancements vis-à-vis major neighboring cities. Current Research in Environmental Sustainability, 2, 100010. doi: 10.1016/j.crsust.2020.100010

Newell, R., & Dale, A. (2020). COVID-19 and climate change: An integrated perspective. Cities & Health. doi: 10.1080/23748834.2020.1778844

Newell, R., & Picketts, I.M. (2020). Spaces, places, and possibilities: A participatory approach for developing and using integrated models for community planning. City and Environment Interactions, 6, 100040. doi: 10.1016/j.cacint.2020.100040

Newell, R., Picketts, I.M., & Dale, A. (2020). Community systems models and development scenarios for integrated planning: Lessons learned from a participatory approach. Community Development. doi: 10.1080/15575330.2020.1772334

Dale, A., Robinson, J., King, L., Burch, S., Newell, R., Shaw, A., & Jost, F. (2019). Meeting the climate change challenge: Local government climate action in British Columbia, Canada. Climate Policy, 20(7) 866-880. doi: 10.1080/14693062.2019.1651244

Clifton-Ross, J., Dale, A., & Newell, R. (2019). Frameworks and models for disseminating curated research outcomes to the public. SAGE Open, 9(2), 2158244019840112. doi: 10.1177/2158244019840112

Newell, R., Dale, A., & Roseland, M. (2018). Climate action co-benefits and integrated community planning: Uncovering the synergies and trade-offs. The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, 10(4), 1-23. doi:10.18848/1835-7156/CGP/v10i04/1-23.

Newell, R., & Robinson, J. (2018). Using decomposition methodology to gain a better understanding of progress in and challenges facing regional and local climate action. Journal of Cleaner Production, 197(1), 1423-1434. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.06.265