Dr. Mark Stevens joined UBC in July 2009 and is an Associate Professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). He has professional experience as a natural resources planner for a city government and a regional planner for a council of governments in the state of Oregon.
Mark’s research interests center on evaluating the effectiveness of local and regional government land use planning efforts, with a goal of producing new knowledge that can help communities anticipate and adapt to changes according to the principles of sustainable development. He has particular interests in plan-making and implementation, growth management, natural hazard mitigation, and legal issues in planning.
Mark’s recent research projects include:
- A study of municipal climate change planning in BC
- A meta-analysis of environmental policy adoption
- A plan evaluation study of award-winning plans
- A study on the content and delivery of quantitative methods courses in urban planning programs.
Mark teaches courses in plan-making and evaluation, land use and environmental policy, and quantitative research methods. The students that Mark supervises at SCARP tend to be interested in issues relating to land use and environment planning and policy.
Research and Specialties
- Disasters and natural hazards
- Land use
- Legal issues in planning
- Plan evaluation and implementation
- Planning policy
- Quantitative analysis/modeling
- Sustainability Planning