Robert Newell

Robert Newell is Canada Research Chair in Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainability at Royal Roads University, Canada, and Research Associate at the Food and Agriculture Institute, University of the Fraser Valley, Canada. His research focuses on integrated planning, exploring the use of systems thinking in supporting local and regional planning and decision-making. Dr. Newell develops tools for facilitating more inclusive, collaborative approaches to planning, and his research also involves using game development software to build realistic visualizations for participatory planning and community engagement. He teaches courses on critical sustainability issues, particularly climate change and biodiversity loss, and approaches to sustainable development. Dr. Newell earned a master of arts degree in environment and management from Royal Roads University and a PhD in geography from the University of Victoria, Canada. He can be reached at