Mahbubur R. Meenar, PhD, GISP
Dr. Meenar is an Assistant Professor of Planning in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability at Rowan University. He examines the connection between human and spatial dimensions (e.g., natural and built environments) in developing plans for sustainable and resilient communities, focusing on the nexus of land, water, and food. His research interests also include the use of geo-spatial and other technologies in participatory spatial planning. His work has been published in leading journals, including Journal of American Planning AssociationEnvironmental and Planning A, Journal of Planning Literature, Landscape and Urban Planning, Local Environment,, and Environmental Management. Dr. Meenar currently teaches Environmental and Sustainability Planning, GIS, Geovisualization, and Community Planning & Site Design.

Research interests: built environment, green infrastructure, food environment, environmental health, urban regeneration & sustainable development, participatory planning, digital civic engagement, smart cities, geo-spatial planning, social equity 

Affiliated Faculty

Sarah Bauer, PhD

Asst. Prof., Civil & Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: water-energy nexus, pollution prevention, renewable energy technologies

Ted Howell, PhD

Lecturer, Writing Arts

Research Interests: environmental humanities, climate change fiction, community writing, the Anthropocene

Megan Bucknum

Lecturer, Geography, Planning, & Sustainability

Research Interests: food systems planning, collaborative planning, oral history

Kevin Keenan, PhD

Asso. Prof.Geography, Planning, & Sustainability

Research Interests: urban policy, hazards, vulnerability, and resilience, urban violence, planning

Melanie Stewart

Associate Dean, College of Performing Arts;

Professor, Theatre & Dance

Research Interests: creative placemaking, creation and performance of movement driven theatre, medical improvisation

Zachary Christman, PhD

Asso. Prof., Geography, Planning, & Sustainability

Research Interests: GIS, remote sensing, environmental change, population health

Jennifer Kitson, PhD

Asst. Prof., Art; and Geography, Planning, & Sustainability

Research Interests: senses and the city, sustainable urbanism, historic preservation

Jordan Howell, PhD

Asso. Prof., Management & Entrepreneurship; and Geography, Planning, & Sustainability

Research Interests: waste management, environmental policy & governance, sustainable business

Leslie Spencer, PhD

Professor, Health Promotion & Wellness Management

Research Interests: motivational Interviewing and health behavior change, student success coaching, fitness for people with IDD

Robert Whyte

Asst. Prof., Communication & Creative Arts

Research Interests: web and user eperience (UX) design, graphic design, digital media


Taryn Brickner, Major - GIS, Minor - Community and Environmental Planning

Gabrielle Davis, Major - Community and Environmental Planning, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, CUGS - Food Systems Planning

Ben Stephens, Major - Geography, Minor - GIS

Hunter Swanson, Major - Community and Environmental Planning, Minor - GIS

Jake Vitagliano, Major - Community and Environmental Planning, Geography, GIS

Past Members / Alumni

Noah Berkowitz, Major - GIS, Minor - Community and Environmental Planning
Matthew Bettin, Major - Environmental Studies, Minor - Biology, GIS

Christopher Campbell, Major - GIS, Minor - Community and Environmental Planning, History 

Carlos Cruz-Gallo, Major - Community and Environmental Planning, GIS
Marie DiLeonardo, Major - Spanish, Subject Matter Education K-12

Samantha Dimeglio, Major - Environmental Studies, Minor - Community and Environmental Planning, GIS

Joseph Foti, Major - Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

Robert Kearney, Major - Geography, Minor - Community and Environmental Planning, GIS

Amy Mann, Major - English

Donald Morrison, Major - GIS

Devon Moulton, Major - Community and Environmental Planning, Minors - Environmental Science, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Geography, Sustainable Built Environments

Giavanni Rizzo, Major - Community and Environmental Planning, Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Cassandra Rodriguez, Major - Community and Environmental Planning

Kira Rose, Major - Civil & Environmental Engineering

Samain Sabrin, Graduate Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering 

Cassie Shugart, Major - Community and Environmental Planning, Geography

Herivin Simmasalam, Major - GIS, Minor - Geography

Kristina Wallace, Major - GIS, Minor - Community and Environmental Planning

Dylan Williams, Major - Community and Environmental Planning, Minor - GIS, Sustainable Built Environments

Meghan Wren, Major - Community and Environmental Planning

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Margaret DelPlato, Economic development planner, public administration specialist | Robert Gladfelter, Landscape designer | Jason Hachadorian, Urban planner | Kyle Hearing, Urban planner | Jenna Otto, Landscape designer | Cassie Shugart, Urban planner | August Tarrier, Editor | Shane Walsh, Physical geographer | Cerulean, LLC | Econsult Solutions Inc.



Nader Afzalan, PhD (UrbanFootprint) | Saleh Ahmed (University of Arizona) | Sanjana Ahmed (Delft University of Technology) | Ashraful Alam (University of Otago, New Zealand) | Leonard Bonarek (Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia) | Bradley Flamm, PhD (West Chester University) | Amir Hajrasouliha, PhD (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo) | John Hasse, PhD (Rowan University) | Sally Harrison (Temple University) | Lynn Mandarano, PhD (Temple University) | Alfonso Morales, PhD (University of Wisconsin – Madison) | Smitha Mysore (SJB School of Architecture and Planning, Bangalore, India) | John Sorrentino, PhD (Temple University) | Melanie Stewart (Rowan University) 

Organizational Partners & Collaborators
Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority
Creative Glassboro
Glassboro Borough
Heart of Camden
New Kensington Community Development Corporation
The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

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