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Richard Knopf

Richard Knopf

Director, Partnership for Community Development, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


School of Community Resources and Development
Arizona State University
411 N. Central Ave, Suite 550
Phoenix, AZ 85004


  • Senior Sustainabilty Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Director, Partnership for Community Development, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
  • Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
  • Professor, School of Community Resources and Development, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


Richard Knopf is professor of Community Development at Arizona State University, and directs ASU’s Partnership for Community Development and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.  Knopf is a recipient of the Community Development Society’s Community Development Achievement Award – recognizing his 40 years of practice as a community organizer and scholar. His passion is to co-create organic leadership development processes, particularly in the context of marginalized communities.  His research has focused on grass roots community organizing, sustainable community development practices, and life quality enhancement.  He has published over 150 journal articles, book chapters and technical reports pertaining to the broad themes of sustainable community development, community life quality, and environmental management.  

Knopf’s specialty areas include:  community well-being, healthy aging and lifespan development, community development theory and practice, community justice and marginalization, civic engagement and volunteerism, strategic planning and visioning, public philanthropy, and university-community partnership formation.  Prior to coming to Arizona State University, he served on the faculties of The Pennsylvania State University, The University of Minnesota and Colorado State University.  He also served in research and public policy formation roles in the United States federal government as a senior social scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  In that capacity, he focused on regional planning and community life quality development initiatives. 



  • PhD, Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan, 1976
  • MS, Urban and Regional Planning, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan, 1972
  • BS, Forest Resources, University of Michigan, 1971


Journal Articles

In Press

Hansen, R. J., C. A. Talmage, S. P. Thaxton and R. C. Knopf. Enhancing older adult access to lifelong learning institutes through technology-based instruction: A brief report. Geronotology & Geriatrics Education DOI: 10.1080/02701960.2019.1618852. (link )

Talmage, C. A., D. W. Coon, B. N. Dugger, R. C. Knopf, K. A. O'Connor and S. A. Schofield. Social leisure activity, physical activity, and valuation of life: Findings from a longevity study. Activities, Adaptation & Aging DOI: 10.1080/01924788.2019.1581026. (link )


Hansen, R. J., C. A. Talmage, S. P. Thaxton and R. C. Knopf. 2019. Barriers to age-friendly universities (AFU): Lessons from Osher Lifelong Learning Institute demographics and perceptions. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education 40(2):221-243. DOI: 10.1080/02701960.2019.1572003. (link )

Talmage, C. A., R. J. Hansen, R. C. Knopf, S. P. Thaxton, R. McTague and D. Bennett. 2019. Unleashing the value of lifelong learning institutes: Research and practice insights from a national survey of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes. Adult Education Quarterly 69(3):184-206. DOI: 10.1177/0741713619834651. (link )


Lietz, C. A., K. L. Andereck and R. C. Knopf. 2010. The breakthrough series collaborative on service integration: A mixed methods study of a strengths-based initiative. Advances in Social Work 11(2):248-266. (link )


Andereck, K. L. and R. C. Knopf. 2007. The relationship between experiences sought, preferred settings, resource conditions, and management preferences in an urban-proximate recreation area. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration 25(4):39-61. (link )

Andereck, K. L., K. M. Valentine, C. A. Vogt and R. C. Knopf. 2007. A cross-cultural analysis of tourism and quality of life perceptions. 15(5):483-502. DOI: 10.2167/jost612.0. (link )


Andereck, K. L., K. M. Valentine, R. C. Knopf and C. A. Vogt. 2005. Residents' perceptions of community tourism impacts. Annals of Tourism Research 32(4):1056-1076. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2005.03.001. (link )