Staff Directory


Deike Peters, PhD

Associate Professor of Environmental Planning & Practice

Director of Environmental Studies

Phone: 949-480-4013

Fax: 949-480-4263


Academic Administration - Undergraduate Program Staff

Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ph.D., Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
  • M.A., School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • M.Sc., Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
  • Undergraduate Studies in Urban Design and Planning, TU Hamburg & TU Dortmund (Germany)
  • Diploma in French Language and Cultural Studies, Sorbonne, University Paris IV (France)

Positions Held

  • At  SUA since 2013
  • 2009-2013, Adjunct Assistant Professor & DFG Fellow, USC Price School 
  • 2008-2010, Director, DFG Noether Group on Urban Mega-Projects, TU Berlin 
  • 2007-2008, Senior Research Associate, OMEGA Project, FU Berlin
  • 2005-2007, Post-Doctoral Fellow, TU Berlin
  • 2000-2005, Lecturer (WiMi), TU Berlin 
  • 1998-2000, Instructor, Rutgers University
  • 1995-2000, Director of Environmental Programs, ITDP, New York, NY

Research Interests

  • Environmentally responsible and socially equitable urban planning and policy
  • Land-use and development controversies, esp. over urban (infrastructure) megaprojects
  • Sustainable transportation and mobility, esp. rail station (re-)design and bicycle advocacy
  • Green urbanism and environmental design
  • Comparative urbanization, global(izing) cities
  • Gender dimensions of transportation and mobility
  • Planning theory and pedagogy

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Modes of Inquiry (INQUIRY 100)
  • What is a City? What is Los Angeles? (LRNCLSTR 200)
  • Costs and Benefits of High-Speed Rail (LRNCLSTR 200)
  • 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)

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Alumni Board Member, GSAPP, Columbia University (2010-14)
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member, UN Global Network on Human Settlements (2007-2010)
  • Friedrich List Dissertation Award of the European Platform of Transport Sciences (2005)
  • Dissertation Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (2002)
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (2000)
  • Fellow, Salzburg Seminar “The Entrepreneurial City” (June 2000)