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
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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

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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

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Leslie Spencer, PhD

Professor, Health Promotion & Wellness Management

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

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Robert Whyte

Asst. Prof., Communication & Creative Arts

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

Undergraduate Students

Graduate Students

Alex Cervantes, Major - GIS, Minor - Community & Environmental Planning

Casey Bourke, Major - Community & Environmental Planning, Environmental & Sustainability Studies

Santino D'Agostino, Major - Journalism

Kenny Marte, Major - Community & Environmental Planning, Minor - GIS, Sustainable Built Environments, Spanish

Jack Meyers, Major - GIS, Minor - Community & Environmental Planning

Michelle Contarino, Psychology

Christopher TirriUrban & Regional Planning

Past Members / Alumni

Arianna Adan, Major - Journalism

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

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

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

Carlos Cruz-Gallo, Major - Community & Environmental Planning, GIS

Gabrielle Davis, Major - Community & Environmental Planning, Environmental & Sustainability Studies
Marie DiLeonardo, Major - Spanish, Subject Matter Education K-12

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

Joseph Foti, Major - Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management

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

Amy Mann, Major - English

Donald Morrison, Major - GIS

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

Devon Nealer, Graduate Student, Urban & Regional Planning

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

Cassandra Rodriguez, Major - Community & Environmental Planning

Kira Rose, Major - Civil & Environmental Engineering

Samain Sabrin, Graduate Student, Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Cassie Shugart, Major - Community & Environmental Planning, Geography

Herivin Simmasalam, Major - GIS, Minor - Geography

Ben Stephens, Major - Geography, Minor - GIS

Jake Vitagliano, Major - Community & Environmental Planning

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

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

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

Meghan Wren, Major - Community & Environmental Planning

Past & Present  Consultants 


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.

Past & Present  Collaborators 


Deepti Adlakha (Queen’s University Belfast, UK) | Nader Afzalan, PhD (University of Redlands) | 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) | Helen Cole, PhD (Barcelona Laboratory for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability) | Bradley Flamm, PhD (West Chester University of Pennsylvania) | Amir Hajrasouliha, PhD (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo) | John Hasse, PhD (Rowan University) | Sally Harrison (Temple University) | Megan Heckert, PhD (West Chester University of Pennsylvania) | 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)

Past & Present  Organizational Partners & Collaborators
Bullock Garden Project Inc.
Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority
Creative Glassboro
Glassboro Borough
Heart of Camden
New Kensington Community Development Corporation
The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking
Heart of Camden
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