Groulx, Dr. Mark

Mark Groulx
PhD University of Waterloo; MA University of Waterloo; HBSc Lakehead University Associate Professor
Email: Phone:
  • Prince George


Mark Groulx is an Associate Professor in UNBC’s School of Planning and Sustainability and a Registered Professional Planner. Mark’s research focuses broadly on sustainable and resilient communities, and specifically on the importance of community engagement and placemaking in effective collaborative planning. Inspired by the creativity and careful craft of place makers of all types, Mark explores how communities are tapping into local knowledge and values to ensure that planning and design for inclusive and resilient communities is person-centred.

Mark is currently working on projects examining community-based approaches to low-carbon resilience, and is leading the SSHRC funded Nature for All project. The Nature for All project includes a diverse network of academic, tourism sector, not for profit, and government partners collaborating in the development and use of new tools to document accessibility in nature-based tourism and recreation spaces. The project supports an evidence-based approach to promoting inclusive experiences across BC’s nature continuum through barrier-free design.

Research and Expertise

Mark's research interests include: sustainable and resilient communities, specifically on the importance of community engagement and place-making in effective collaborative planning; low-carbon resilient communities; and influence of nature-based citizen science on transformative environmental learning.

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

Place-making; Community-based planning, Low-carbon resilient communities; Landscape perception and design; Environmental visualization; Tourism visitor experience

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

Selected Publications

Groulx, M., Winegardner, A., Brisbois, M. C., Fishback, L. A., Linde, R., Levy, K., & Booth, A. (2021). Place and transformative learning in climate change focused community science. FACETS, 6, 1773-1794.

Groulx, M., Kieta, K., Rempel, M., Horning, D., & Gaudreau, K. (2021). Smart Growth in Canada’s Provincial North. Planning Practice & Research, 1-17.

Groulx, M., Lemieux, C., Freeman, S., Cameron, J., Wright, P. A., & Healy, T. (2021). Participatory planning for the future of accessible nature. Local Environment, 1-17.

Groulx, M., Nowak, N., Levy, K., & Booth, A. (2021). Community needs and interests in university–community partnerships for sustainable development. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 22(2), 274-290.

Groulx, M., Brisbois, M. C., Lemieux, C. J., Winegardner, A., & Fishback, L. (2017). A role for nature-based citizen science in promoting individual and collective climate change action? A systematic review of learning outcomes. Science Communication, 39(1), 45-76.