Deike Peters, Ph.D.

(Ph.D., Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University)
Assistant Professor of Environmental Planning and Practice


“How can we create cities that are both socially just and environmentally sustainable?” This is the big question that permeates all my work. Much of my recent research has focused on controversial urban megaprojects. My research assistants at SUA have been able to contribute to two major reports outlining best practices for the redevelopment and redesign of major rail stations along California’s planned new high-speed rail corridor. Students also contributed to other recent published work focused on urbanization patterns across the Pacific Basin and on ‘right-to-the-city’ issues in Santa Monica, California.

Courses Taught:

  • Environmental Design (EMP 248)
  • Sustainable California (EMP 300)
  • Environmental Planning & Practice (EMP 320)
  • Sustainable Cities (EMP 330)
  • Cities and Environment in the Global South (EMP 335)
  • Environmental Movements (EMP 340)
  • Urban Planning and the Built Environment (EMP 430)
  • Modes of Inquiry (INQUIRY 100)
  • The Costs and Benefits of High-Speed Rail (LRNCLSTR 200)
  • What is a city? What is Los Angeles (LRNCLSTR 200)
  • The Cultural and Economic Geography of Hollywood (LRNCLSTR 200)