Mark Seasons.Degrees

Ph.D. Regional Planning & Resource Development, University of Waterloo, Canada, 1989

M.E.Des. Planning, University of Calgary, Canada, 1985

B.A. (Hons.) Geography, Queen's University, Canada, 1975

Contact information
519-888-4567 ext. 45922
Location: EV3 3227

Academic honours

  • 2011 - Recipient, distinguished teaching award, University of Waterloo
  • 2009 - Fellow, Canadian Institute of Planners (FCIP)
  • 2006 - Outstanding faculty award, University of Waterloo
  • 2002 - Recognition of service award, Canadian Institute of Planners
  • 2001 - Member services award, Ontario Professional Planners Institute
  • 1994 - Member Services Award, Ontario Professional Planners Institute

Research interests

  • Urban and regional planning
  • Strategic planning
  • Policy and program evaluation
  • Local economic development
  • Public administration

Research grants/projects

  • Communities left behind? A timely examination of school closure controversies for justice-informed decision-making on the fate of public schools in Ontario. SSHRC Insight Grant. Grant Period: 2018-2022 
  • Planning for adaptation and resilience: Canadian local government experiences and needs. SSHRC Special Call: Canadian Environmental Issues. Grant Period: 2009-2012
  • The monitoring and evaluation of urban plans. Global Report on Human Settlements. UN-Habitat. Grant period: 2008-2009
  • Eco-Plan China: Eco-planning and environmental management in coastal communities of China. CIDA Tier 1 UPCD. Grant Period: 2001-2006
Contact Mark Seasons for more information on research opportunities.

Graduate student supervision

  Number of students currently supervising/co-supervising Total number of student supervisions/co-supervisions
Masters 5 56
PhD 2 10

Recent/key publications

Papers in refereed journals [Include % contributions] [* = student co-authors]

*Guyadeen, D. & Seasons, M. (2016). Evaluation theory and practice: Comparing program evaluation and evaluation in planning. Journal of Planning Education and Research. 38(1), 98-110 [20%]

*Guyadeen, D. & Seasons, M. [2015]. Plan evaluation: Challenges and directions for future research. Planning Practice and Research. 31(2), 215-228 [20%]

Hanna, K., Seasons, M., Dale, A., Filion, P., & Ling, C. [2014]. Planning for climate change: The state of current practice in Canada. Plan Canada. 54(2), 28-36 [50%]

*Lovlin, T. & Seasons, M. [2014].  A history of the core curriculum of planning education in Canada. Canadian Planning and Policy – Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 23(1), (Supplement), 93-100

*Wegener, J., Seasons, M. & Raines, K. [2013].   Multi-sectoral perspectives on regional food policy, planning and access to food: A case study of Waterloo Region. Canadian Planning and Policy - Canadian Journal of Urban Research. Supplement.  22(1),   [15%]

*McWilliam, W.J., Brown, R. Eagles, P., & Seasons, M. [2013]. Barriers to the effective planning and management of residential encroachment within urban woodland edges: a Southern Ontario, Canada case study. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. In press

Seasons, M.L. [2013]. The Great Debate: Do We or Don’t We Intervene? Plenary notes. Plan Canada, 53(3), 12-15

Seasons, M. [2013]. Challenges and Rewards: the transition from practice to academia. Plan Canada. 53(2), 28-33

Seasons, M. [2013]. School closures. Ontario Planning Journal. 28(4), 17 Irwin, B. & Seasons, M. [2012]. School closure decision-making processes: problems and prospects. Canadian Journal of Urban Research. 21(2), 45-67 [50%]

*McWilliam, W.J., Eagles, P., Seasons, M., & Brown, R. [2012]. Evaluation of planning and management approaches for limiting residential encroachment impacts within 

Courses taught

University of Waterloo

Profiles by type

Research in Planning

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