William P. Stewart

William P. Stewart
Year Elected ALS Fellow: 
Highest Degree: 
Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1987
Current Position: 
Professor, Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bill Stewart is a Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

He teaches and conducts research related to the development of parks to improve quality of life and enhance a public sense of place.

Parks and protected area planning often need to understand stakeholder perspectives.

Bill and his colleagues build working relationships among stakeholders to move forward on land management initiatives through the integration of community-based voices into land use policy.

His research program has been continuously funded by the USDA, the National Park Service, the USGS, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

He is a recipient of two Fulbright Research Awards to Japan and Canada, and received the 2012 Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Research.

In 2013, Springer-Verlag published his co-edited volume entitled Place-Based Conservation:  Perspectives from the Social Sciences.

Bill is the co-director of the Park and Environmental Behavior Research Group, and a member of both the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism and, also Landscape Architecture.

He is a regular participant at the International Symposia of Society and Resource Management and is co-chairing (with Paul Gobster, USDA) an organized session on “urban greening” at the ISSRM 2017 in Umea, Sweden.

Email: wstewart@illinois.edu