The Centre brings together a diverse and experienced team of sustainable development and planning professionals who engage in extensive sustainable development research projects and practice. 

Click on the names below to learn more about the people at the Centre:


Yıldız Atasoy

Professor of Sociology

Steering Committee

Zafar Adeel

Director, Pacific Water Research Centre and Professor of Professional Practice, School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University

Shaheen Nanji

Director, International Community Engagement, SFU International

Eugene McCann

Professor, Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University

Geoff Mann

Professor, Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University

Adjunct Faculty

Michael Geller

Michael Geller is a Vancouver-based architect, planner.

Basak Kale

is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara. 

Ian Gill

Ian Gill is president of Discourse Media.


John Restakis

John Restakis is the ED of Community Evolution Foundation.


Postdoctoral Fellows

Centre Associates

Edna Aguinaga

Edna Aguinaga is a Sustainability Advisor Travesia.

Sean Connelly

Dr. Sean Connelly is a Senior Lecturer.

Caroline Assaf

A sustainability engagement professional.

Greg Halseth

Professor, Geography, University of Northern British Columbia.

Robert Boutilier

Dr. Robert Boutilier is a social research consultant.

John Dagevos

Dr. John Dagevos is Senior Researcher.

Jane McRae 

Jane is a Director of Sustainable Cities International.

Alberto Mollinedo

Expert in community economic development in Bolivia.

David Hendrickson

Manages special projects at the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia.

Nicole Chaland

Former director for the Certificate Program in CED.

Spring Gillard

Spring Gillard is an educational planner.

Peter Whitelaw

A specialist in sustainable community development.

Rosemary Cooper

Rosemary Cooper is a Principal of CreatingPLACES.

Chris Lindberg

Wind energy, hydrogeology, and natural history consulting.

Bertine Steizer

Sustainability management professional.