- Senior Sustainabilty Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
- 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
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., R. C. Knopf, T. Wu, D. Winkel, P. Mirchandani and K. Candan. Decreasing loneliness and social disconnectedness among community-dwelling older adults: The potential of information and communication technologies and ride-hailing services. Activities, Adaptation, & Aging DOI: 10.1080/01924788.2020.1724584. (link )
Talmage, C. A., D. W. Coon, B. N. Dugger, R. C. Knopf, K. A. O'Connor and S. A. Schofield. 2020. Social leisure activity, physical activity, and valuation of life: Findings from a longevity study. Activities, Adaptation & Aging 44(1):61-84. 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 )
Hansen, R. J., C. A. Talmage, S. P. Thaxton and R. C. Knopf. 2019. Enhancing older adult access to lifelong learning institutes through technology-based instruction: A brief report. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education DOI: 10.1080/02701960.2019.1618852. (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 )
Talmage, C. A. and R. C. Knopf. 2019. Considering family stories and phenomena in older adult lifelong tearning. HSOA Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine 5:Art 033. DOI: 10.24966/GGM-8662/100033. (link )
Peterson, C. B. and R. C. Knopf. 2016. (Re)framing sustainable development: an ecological posture and Praxis. Community Development 47(1):122-135. DOI: 10.1080/15575330.2015.1107113. (link )
Talmage, C. A., R. Mark, M. Slowey and R. C. Knopf. 2016. Age Friendly Universities and engagement with older adults: moving from principles to practice. International Journal of Lifelong Education 35(5):537-554. DOI: 10.1080/02601370.2016.1224040. (link )
Pstross, M., C. A. Talmage and R. C. Knopf. 2014. A story about storytelling: enhancement of community participation through catalytic storytelling. Community Development 45(5):525-538. DOI: 10.1080/15575330.2014.955514. (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 )
Fidell, S., J. Gramann, R. C. Knopf and K. Pearsons. 1998. Responses ro "Comments on 'Effects of aircraft overflights on wildermess recreationists'" [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 104, 1726 (1998)]. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 104(3):. DOI: 10.1121/1.423618. (link )
Fidell, S., L. Silvati, R. Howe, K. Pearsons, B. Tabachnick, R. C. Knopf, J. Gramann and T. Buchanan. 1996. Effects of aircraft overflights on wilderness recreationists. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 100(5):2909. DOI: 10.1121/1.417102. (link )
More, T. A., D. H. Dustin and R. C. Knopf. 1996. Behavioral consequences of campground user fees. The Journal of Park and Recreation Administration 14(1):81-93. (link )
Williams, D. R., R. Schreyer and R. C. Knopf. 1990. The effect of the experience use history on the multidimensional structure of motivations to participate in leisure activities. Journal of Leisure Research 22(1):36-45. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00222216.1990.11969813. (link )
Virden, R. J. and R. C. Knopf. 1989. Activities, experiences, and environmental settings: A case study of recreation opportunity spectrum relationships. Leisure Sciences 11(3):159-176. DOI: 10.1080/01490408909512217. (link )
Knopf, R. C. and M. E. Harvey. 1985. A methodology for analyzing relations among higher order concepts in forest recreation models. Forest Science 31(4):1018-1034. DOI: 10.1093/forestscience/31.4.1018. (link )
Williams, D. R. and R. C. Knopf. 1985. In search of the primative-urban continuum: The dimensional structure of outdor recreation settings. Environment and Behavior 17(3):351-370. DOI: .1177/0013916585173005. (link )
Schreyer, R. and R. C. Knopf. 1984. The dynamics of change in outdoor recreation environments -- some equity issues. The Journal of Park and Recreation Administration 2(1):9-19. (link )
Twight, B. W. and R. C. Knopf. 1984. Urban greenspace issues: What's important to managers?. Landscape Research 9(2):28-30. DOI: 10.1080/01426398408706111. (link )
Knopf, R. C., G. L. Peterson and E. C. Leatherberry. 1983. Motives for recreational river floating: Relative consistency across settings. Leisure Studies 5(3):231-255. DOI: 10.1080/01490408309513005. (link )
Schomaker, J. H. and R. C. Knopf. 1982. Effect of question context on a recreation satisfaction measure. Leisure Sciences 5(1):35-43. DOI: 10.1080/01490408209512988. (link )
Schomaker, J. H. and R. C. Knopf. 1982. Generalizability of a measure of visitor satisfaction with outdoor recreation. Applied Physiological Measurement 6(2):173-183. DOI: 10.1177/014662168200600203. (link )
Knopf, R. C. 1981. Cognitive map formation as a tool for facilitating information transfer in interpretive programming. Journal of Leisure Research 13(3):232-242. DOI: .1080/00222216.1981.11969486. (link )
Lime, D. W. and R. C. Knopf. 1980. Assessing trends in river recreation. Landscape Research 5(3):17-18. DOI: 10.1080/01426398008705950. (link )
Driver, B. L. and R. C. Knopf. 1977. Personality, outdoor recreation, and expected consequences. Environment and Behavior 9(2):169-193. DOI: 10.1177/001391657792002. (link )
Peterson, C. B., C. A. Talmage and R. C. Knopf. Weaving reflection, action, and knowledge creation as a catalyst into the cycle of praxis for community development. In: Phillips, R., E. Trevan and P. Kraeger eds., Research Handbook on Community Development. Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN: 978-1788118460.
Talmage, C. A., R. Mark, M. Slowey and R. C. Knopf. 2019. Age Friendly Universities and engagement with older adults: Moving from principles to practice. Pp. 65-82 In: Findsen, B. ed., Fresh Perspectives on Later Life Learning. Routledge. Abingdon, UK and New York, NY.
Talmage, C. A. and R. C. Knopf. 2017. Rethinking diversity, inclusion, and inclusiveness: The quest to better understand indicators of community enrichment and well-being. Pp. 7-27 In: Kraeger, P., S. Cloutier and C. A. Talmage eds., New Dimensions in Community Well-Being. Springer, Cham. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-55408-2_2. ISBN: 978-3-319-55408-2.
Talmage, C. A., C. B. Peterson and R. C. Knopf. 2017. Punk rock wisdom: An emancipative psychological social capital approach to community well-being. Pp. 11-38 In: Phillips, R. and C. Wong eds., Handbook of Community Well-Being Research. Springer. ISBN: 978-94-024-0878-2.
Burk, J. and R. C. Knopf. 2009. Improving the quality of life in a city of Phoenix, Arizona neighborhood through collaborative investment. Pp. 1-24 In: Sirgy, M. J., R. Phillips and D. Rahtz eds., Community Quality-of-Life Indicators: Best Cases IV. Vol 2. Springer. Dordrecht. DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-2243-1_1. ISBN: 978-90-481-2243-1.
Virden, R. J., C. A. Vogt and R. C. Knopf. 2009. Assessing the benefits of the Alpine Loop Country Byway in southwestern Colorado. Pp. Chapter 19 In: Driver, B. L. ed., Managing to Optimize the Beneficial Outcomes of Recreation. Venture Publishing. State College, PA. ISBN: 978-1892132833.
Knopf, R. C. and K. L. Andereck. 2004. Managing depreciative behavior in natural settings. Pp. 305-314 In: Manfredo, M. J., J. J. Vaske, B. L. Bruyere, D. R. Field and P. J. Brown eds., Society and Natural Resources: A Summary of Knowledge. Modern Litho. Jefferson, MO.
Knopf, R. C. 1991. Harmony and convergence between recreation and tourism. Pp. 53-66 In: Zeiger, J. B. and L. M. Caneday eds., Tourism and Leisure: Dynamics and Diversity. National Recreation and Park Association. Alexandria, VA. ISBN: 978-9992227558.
Knopf, R. C. 1987. Human behavior, cogition and affect in the natural environment. Pp. 783-825 In: Stokols, D. and I. Altman eds., Handbook of Environmental Psychology. John Wiley. New York.
Knopf, R. C. 1983. Recreational needs and behavior in natural settings. Pp. 205-240 In: Altman, I. and J. F. Wohlwill eds., Behavior and the Natural Environment. Vol 6. Springer. Boston, MA. ISBN: 978-1-4613-3541-2.
Knopf, R. C. and J. D. Barnes. 1980. Determinants of satisfaction with a tourism resource: A case study of visitors to Gettysburg National Military Park. Pp. 217-238 In: Rovelstad, J. M., D. E. Hawkins and E. L. Shafer eds., Tourism Marketing and Management Issues. George Washington University Press. Washington, DC.
Knopf, R. C., B. L. Driver and J. R. Bassett. 1973. Motivations for fishing. Pp. 28-41 In: Hendee, J. C. and C. Schoenfeld eds., Human Dimensions in Wildlife Programs. Mercury Press. Rockville, MD.
Mark, R., C. A. Talmage and R. C. Knopf. 2018. Learning Later: Responding to the Evolving Educational Needs of Older People. Pascal International Observator. Briefing Paper 13. (link )
Knopf, R. C. 1988. A gathering of geese. Pp. 23-24 In: Dustin, D. H. ed., Wilderness in America: Personal Perspectives. San Diego State University. San Diego, CA.
Knopf, R. C. 1987. Tourism impact analysis. Pp. 93-115 In: Byars, R. ed., Growth Management and Land Use Planning in the Sedona Area. School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ.
Knopf, R. C., M. T. Allison, R. D. Robertson and E. C. Leatherberry. 1987. Under representation and over representation in outdoor recreation: who gets what and why?. Pp. 19-30 In: McAvoy, L. H. and D. H. Dustin eds., San Diego State University. San Diego, CA.
Knopf, R. C. and R. Schreyer. 1985. The problem of bias in recreation resource decision making. Pp. 23-28 In: Dustin, D. H. ed., Managing Human Behavior in Outdoor Recreation Settings. San Diego State University. San Diego, CA.
Lime, D. W., R. C. Knopf and G. L. Peterson. 1981. The National River Recreation Study: Growing new data base with exciting potential. Pp. 1-8 Lime, D. W. and D. R. Field Tech Coords., Some Recent Products of River Recreation Research. North Central Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service. General Technical Report NC-53. St Paul, MN. (link )