Bill Stewart


PhD Professor

Bill Stewart conducts research related to the development of parks and conservation areas to enhance a public sense of place, improve access to natural landscapes, and promote environmental awareness.  His research is centered on place-making – a framework in which stakeholders and community residents come to know themselves and plan for landscape change that aligns with their collective sense of self.  Bill’s research projects generally employ a mixed-methods approach that ground the research in the community and place of study, and allow for generalization to relevant populations and conceptual frameworks.  As part of the mixed-methods designs, the research purposely integrates public engagement, data collection from stakeholders and community residents, and builds connections to land-use planning processes and environmental policy makers.