ABOUT ROB MASON
Professor Mason holds an M.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto, and received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1986. He joined Temple's Department of Geography and Urban Studies in 1986, following a short period as visiting lecturer at Ohio State University. He taught for several years at Temple University Japan in Tokyo. After returning to the Main Campus in Philadelphia, he became Director of the new program in Environmental Studies. During the 2004-05 academic year, Dr. Mason was on leave from Temple, holding the Bryant Drake Guest Professorship in the Department of Human Sciences at Kobe College in Nishinomiya, Japan.
Dr. Mason's research and instructional program is related to environmental policymaking and land-use management. He is the author of Collaborative Land Use Management: The Quieter Revolution in Place-Based Planning (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007), Contested Lands: Conflict and Compromise in New Jersey's Pine Barrens (Temple University Press , 1992) and--with cartographer Mark Mattson--the Atlas of United States Environmental Issues (Macmillan,1990). Professor Mason also has written articles and book chapters about greenline parks (parks with a mix of public and privately-owned lands), land trusts, and management issues in New York State's Adirondack Park and New Jersey's Pinelands National Reserve. His current interests include growth management, suburban sprawl, and protected areas at the state (New Jersey, Pennsylvania), regional, and national levels in the United States. Currently, he is working on hazards management issues in the Delaware River watershed and Japan. Additional Japan interests include the emerging role of citizen environmental organizations at the national level, emerging patterns of suburban sprawl, and issues associated with management of the Shirakami Sanchi World Heritage Area. Shirakami Sanchi is an area of ancient beech forest situated in the Tohoku region of northern Japan.
Professor Mason teaches courses in basic human-environment
interactions, environmental policy issues in the United States, environmental
problems in Asia, and environmental aspects of tourism.
The links below provide more detailed information about Dr. Mason's background and interests.
Mason, Robert J. 2012, forthcoming. Metropolitan Philadelphia: Sprawl, Shrinkage, and Sustainability. In Brian C. Black and Michael J. Chiarappa, eds., Nature’s Entrepôt: Philadelphia’s Urban Sphere and its Environmental Thresholds (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press).
Ying, Tang, Robert J. Mason, and Ping Sun. 2012, forthcoming. Interest Distribution in the Process of Coordination and Interaction of Urban and Rural Construction Land in China. Habitat International.
Mason, Robert J. 2011. Ecoregional Planning: Retreat or Reinvention? Journal of Planning Literature 26(4): 405-419.
Mason, Robert J. and Liliya Nigmatullina. 2011. Suburbanization and Sustainability in the Moscow Metropolis. Geographical Review 101(3): 316-333.
Sun, Ping; Ying, Tang; Robert J. Mason, and Jing-qi Zang. 2011." Inspiration of Urban Sprawl Control Studies in Foreign Countries." Economic Geography (China) 31(5): 748-753.
2010, "Open Space." In Barney Warf, ed., Encyclopedia of Geography (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Reference).
2009, "Land Preservation." In David J. Cuff and Andrew S. Goudie, eds., Oxford Companion to Global Change (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 386-388.
2006, "Locally Unwanted Land Uses." In Barney Warf, ed., Encyclopedia of Human Geography (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Reference), 284-285.
2004. William D. Solecki, Robert J. Mason, and Shannon Martin. "The
Geography of Support for Open Space Initiatives: A Case Study of New Jersey’s
1998 Ballot Measure." Social Science Quarterly.85(3): 624-639.