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Chris Ling

I am in general interested in planning and landscape issues in human environments, particularly the urban fringe and post-industrial landscape. My main areas of research are sustainable community development, landscape planning, quality of life, urban and post-industrial landscapes and sustainability. I have worked on a number of research projects in the EU and Canada involving the connections between ecology and society, and processes around engaging people in exploring and understanding these connections.

I have a PhD from the University of Manchester in the UK and have lived in Victoria since 2006. At Royal Roads I teach Sustainable Development, I am the Program Head for the Master's in Environmental Management program and Director of the School of Environment and Sustainability. 

Current and Recent Research Grants 

Transition Emerging with Blake Poland, University of Toronto funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council: Transition Emerging is a research study examining the emergence of the Transition movement across Canada, the conditions that enable it to thrive (or hinder its development), and what can be learned from their efforts to build convivial, equitable, resilient, sustainable, lower-carbon communities of the future.

Understanding Agriburbia with Lenore Newman, University of the Fraser Valley funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council: As cities continue to expand, the rural/urban fringe presents a fascinating site for geographic study; competition for space creates extremely complex landscapes of interwoven and conflicting uses. In recent years the desire to preserve peri-urban farmland has led to increased interest in land use regimes that either attempt to preserve agricultural capacity explicitly or to protect farmland through the discouragement of sprawl. The resulting agriburban zones, defined as suburban forms in which agriculture plays a significant role, are of increasing importance as a site of local food production, of affordable housing on the urban fringe, and of settlement regions for migrants from agrarian backgrounds. The impact of the spread of agriburban regions, however, is poorly understood.

Understanding the public uptake and acceptance of a municipal green energy incentive program, funded by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. As part of the university’s involvement with the Solar Colwood project we had an opportunity to carry out a program of research to evaluate the efficacy of a major municipal renewable energy project. The objective of the research was to examine the process of uptake and infiltration of both the solar project itself and the wider notions of renewable energy, energy conservation, carbon emissions, sustainable behaviour, etc. into the market and community of Colwood.

National Municipal Adaption Project with Kevin Hanna, University of British Columbia (Okanagan): Climate change has become the chief global environmental issue. The climate change discussion has grown from accepting the science and thinking about attenuation to acknowledging that we now have to adapt and plan for environmental change. The adaptation imperative requires new and novel approaches to planning and infrastructure development and it requires leadership and innovation in governance. Local governments are often most responsible for infrastructure and land use planning and will play a central role in shaping the response to adaptation. There is a growing acknowledgement that adaptation and resiliency strategies developed and implemented at the local level are essential for supporting sustainable infrastructure, adaptive land use planning, and the continued provision of the broad range of services that local governments supply.

Publications

C Ling, A Dale (2014) Agency and social capital: characteristics and dynamics Community Development Journal, 49 (1) 4-20

L Newman, C Ling, K Peters (2013) Between field and table: environmental implications of local food distribution International Journal of Sustainable Society 5 (1), 11-23

C Ling (2012) Landscapes of Creativity: An Exploration of the Link between the Presence of the Creative Class and Aesthetic Quality in Canadian Communities. Spaces & Flows: An International Journal of Urban & Extra Urban Studies 2 (3)

L Newman, A Dale, C Ling (2011) Meeting on the Edge: Urban Spaces and the Diffusion of the Novel Spaces & Flows: An International Journal of Urban & Extra Urban Studies 1 (1) 

C Ling, L Newman (2011) Untangling the food web: farm-to-market distances in British Columbia, Canada Local Environment 16 (8), 807-822

C Ling, A Dale (2011) Nature, place and the creative class: Three Canadian case studies Landscape and Urban Planning 99 (3), 239-247

A Dale, C Ling, L Newman (2010) Community vitality: The role of community-level resilience adaptation and innovation in sustainable development Sustainability 2 (1), 215-231

A Dale, L Newman, C Ling (2010) Facilitating transdisciplinary sustainable development research teams through online collaboration International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 11 (1), 36-48

KS Hanna, A Dale, C Ling (2009) Social capital and quality of place: reflections on growth and change in a small town Local Environment 14 (1), 31-44

C Ling, K Hanna, A Dale (2009) A template for integrated community sustainability planning Environmental management 44 (2), 228-24

C Ling, J Handley, J Rodwell (2007) Restructuring the post-industrial landscape: A multifunctional approach Landscape Research 32 (3), 285-309

A Dale, C Ling, L Newman (2007) Does place matter? Sustainable community development in three Canadian communities Ethics Place and Environment 11 (3), 267-281

Ling, C., Handley, J., Rodwell, (2003). Multifunctionality and scale in post-industrial land regeneration. In J., Moore, H. M., Fox, H. R., & Elliott, S. (Eds.) Land Reclamation: Extending the Boundaries. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference of the International Affiliation of Land Reclamationists, Runcorn, UK, 13-16 May 2003. (pp. 27-34). AA Balkema Publishers.

C Ling (2003) Rebuilding the post-industrial landscape: interaction between substrates and vegetation diversity on derelict lands in Brandt, J and Vejre, H eds. Multifunctional Landscapes: Monitoring, diversity and management 14, 123, WIT Press

Selected Recent Conference Presentations

Ling, 2014, The Enhancement of Community Vitality Through Multi-functional Restoration of Post-Industrial Landscape, Environmental Studies Association of Canada, Brock University, St Catharines, May 27-29.

K. Hanna, A. Dale, P. Filion, C. Ling, K. Rahaman, and M. Seasons, 2013, Adaptation planning in Canadian local government: action in the absence of national policy. Resilient Cities 2013, 3rd Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, Bonn, May 2013

Ling, C., Krusekopf, C., Kajzer Mitchell, I., Kerr, S. 2013. Understanding the public uptake of a municipal incentive program for energy efficiency, Environmental Studies Association of Canada, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, June 3rd 

Dale, A., K. Hanna, C. Ling, L. King, A. Shaw and R. Newell. 2013. The Potential of Local and National Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for Transforming Development Paths. Environmental Studies Association of Canada, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, June 4th

K.S. Hanna and A. Dale, P. Filion, Z. Khan, C. Ling, K. Rahaman, and M. Seasons, 2013, Policy uncertainty and planning for adaptation: Canadian local government experiences,: European climate Change Adaptation Conference, Hamburg, March 2013.

K.S. Hanna and A. Dale, P. Filion,  C. Ling, K. Rahaman, and M. Seasons, 2012, Adaptation planning in Canadian local government: action in the absence of national policy.; Resilient Cities 2012, 3rd Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, Bonn, May 2012.

Ling, C. Krusekopf, C and Kajzer Mitchell, I. 2012, Understanding the Uptake and Impact of Residential Solar Thermal Hot Water Systems through the Solar Colwood Project. Environmental Studies Association of Canada, Waterloo, June 2012

Ling, C. 2011. Landscapes of Creativity. Spaces and Flows: Second International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Monash University Prato Centre, Prato, Tuscany, Italy, (November)

Beveridge, R., L. Newman, C. Ling, A. Ostry. 2011. Produce pricing at farmers’ markets and nearby supermarkets: implications for food security. International Medical Geography Symposium (IMGS), Durham, UK.  (July) 

Ling, C and Dale A. 2011. Linking landscape, human diversity and innovation, Environmental Studies Association of Canada, Federation of Social Science and Humanities congress, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (June).

Ling, C. 2011. Community well-being: Vitality and sustainable community development. Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Victoria, BC (February)

Newman, L and Ling, C. 2010. Meeting on the Edge: Urban Spaces and the Diffusion of the Novel. Spaces and Flows: An International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (December)

Ling, C and Newman, L 2010. Garlic and granola: Food webs and the catchment of farmer's markets from the food producers' perspective. Association of American Geographers, Washington DC (April) and at the Canadian Food Studies Association, Concordia University, Montreal (May).

Ling, C and Antill, J, 2010. Multifunctional agricultural landscapes in the urban fringe. Association of American Geographers, Washington DC (April) and at the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, Concordia University, Montreal (May/June).

Ling, C. 2008. Integrated Community Sustainability Plans for Canadian Municipalities. Environmental Studies Association of Canada conference, Federation of Social Science and Humanities congress, University of British Columbia (June).

Hanna K., Dale A. and Ling, C. 2007. Social capital and quality of place: Growth and change in a small town. Canadian Association of Geographers, Federation of Social Science and Humanities Congress, University of Saskatoon (May).

Ling, C. 2007. A template for sharing sustainable infrastructure strategies in Canada. Environmental Studies Association of Canada Conference, Federation of Social Science and Humanities Congress, University of Saskatoon (May/June).