Mark Roseland

New director of School of Community Resources and Development is an internationally recognized leader in sustainable development

Mark Roseland is the new director of the School of Community Resources and Development in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. The school’s former director, Kathleen Anderek, returns to a full-time faculty position after guiding the school through ten years of tremendous growth.

Before coming to ASU, Roseland was director of the Centre for Sustainable Development and Professor of Planning in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He has also worked as chief city planner for a municipality in the Metro Vancouver area. Roseland has been cited by the Vancouver Sun as one of Vancouver’s top 50 public intellectuals and has received both the Simon Fraser University Sustainability Network Award for Excellence in Research on Sustainability and the Simon Fraser University President's Award for Leadership in Sustainability.

Roseland lectures internationally and advises communities and governments on sustainable development policy and planning. His research focuses on such areas as transportation planning and traffic management, land use planning and growth management, housing and social policy, energy conservation and efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, social equity and social mobilization for sustainable development.

His best-selling book Toward Sustainable Communities: Solutions for Citizens and Their Governments (New Society Publishers) is in its 4th edition. He is also the founder of Pando | Sustainable Communities, a multilingual online network to promote collaboration between sustainable communities researchers and practitioners.

Roseland was a founding director of Catalyst Community Developments, which leverages real estate assets to create vibrant, affordable and inspiring places for people to live and work in. At SFU, he was a founding member of the SFU Community Trust’s Board of Directors, responsible for developing the award-winning UniverCity neighborhood.

Roseland earned his PhD from the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia and his master's and bachelor's degrees from Wesleyan University.