Clapp, Dr. Tara Lynne

Dr. Tara Lynne Clapp
PhD (University of Southern California), MEDes (University of Calgary), BES (University of Manitoba) Chair, Planning Associate Professor
Email: Phone:
  • Prince George


Dr. Tara Lynne Clapp is Chair of the School of Environmental Planning at the University of Northern British Columbia. Her research interests are in rural sustainability and resilience, particularly in water and watersheds, and housing and development. She brings both practice and academic experience in rural planning to her work at UNBC. Tara has worked with rural communities and non-profits in British Columbia, Iowa and Kentucky. She has taught rural and environmental planning at Iowa State in the Community and Regional Planning Program, where she helped to bring student-oriented learning outcomes assessment to the planning curriculum. She has also taught in the Community Development Program, Great Plains IDEA (a consortium of seven midwestern universities), and in the Environmental Planning Program at Johns Hopkins University. Tara has been working with rural and remote students via distance since 2004. She is a new mountain biker, an old skier, and fully 60% water. 

Research and Expertise

Research Fields:
  • Climate Change
  • Environment
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Planning
Areas of Expertise:

Watershed governance, Rural community development, Community sustainability and resilience, Environmental communication, Planning theory

Currently accepting graduate students
Supervises in:
Available to be contacted by the media as a subject matter expert