Staff Directory


Deike Peters, PhD

Assistant Professor of Environmental Planning and Practice

Phone: 949-480-4013

Fax: 949-480-4158


Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ph.D., Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
  • M.A., International Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • M.Sc., Urban Planning, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
  • Graduate & Undergraduate Studies in Urban Design and Spatial 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 & German Research Foundation (DFG) International Fellow, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California
  • 2011 -        Associated Faculty (non-resident), Center for Metropolitan Studies (CMS), TU Berlin (Germany)
  • 2008-2010, Director, DFG Emmy Noether Research Group on Urban Mega-Projects, CMS, TU Berlin (Germany)
  • 2007-2008, Senior Research Associate, OMEGA Project on Mega-Urban Transport Projects, Department of Human Geography, Free University Berlin (Germany)
  • 2005-2007, DFG Post-Doctoral Fellow, Transatlantic Graduate Research Program “Berlin - New York” CMS, TU Berlin (Germany)
  • 2000-2005, Lecturer and Researcher (‘Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin’), Department of City and Regional Planning, TU Berlin (Germany)
  • 1998-2000, Instructor & Research Assistant, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University

Research Interests

  • Sustainable urbanism and urban design; environmentally sensitive and socially equitable urban planning
  • Land-use and development controversies, especially over the impacts of large-scale infrastructure projects
  • Gender dimensions of personal mobility and transportation
  • Planning theory

Selected Papers, Publications & Lectures

  • Peters, D. (2013) “Gender and Sustainable Urban Mobility.” Official Thematic Background Study for the 2013 UN Global Report on Human Settlements: “Planning and Design for Sustainable Urban Mobility.”
  • Novy, J. and Peters, D. (2013) Railway Megaprojects as Catalysts for the Re-Making of Post-Industrial Cities? The Case of Stuttgart 21 in Germany.” In: Del Cerro, Gerardo (Ed.) Urban Megaprojects: A World-Wide View. Emerald Press
  • Peters, D. and Novy, J. (2012) “Rail Station Mega-Projects: Overlooked Centerpieces in the Complex Puzzle of 21st Century Urban Restructuring” (Guest editors’ introduction to the thematic issue) Built Environment, 38:1, 5-11
  • Peters, D., with Novy, J. (2012) “Train Station Area Development Mega-Projects in Europe – Towards a Typology” Built Environment, 38:1, 12-30
  • Peters, D. (2011) “‘Rail City Berlin’ – Rail Infrastructure Development and Inter-modality in the Re-Unified German Capital.” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board Paper # 10-2528, 60-68
  • Peters, D. (2010) “Digging Through the Heart of Reunified Berlin: Tracing the Story of the Tiergarten-Tunnel Megaproject.” European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, 10:1, 93-106
  • Peters, D. (2009) “The Renaissance of Inner-City Railway Station Areas as a Key Element in Contemporary Urban Restructuring Dynamics.” Critical Planning, 15:1, 162-185 (Special Issue on Urban Restructuring)
  • Garb, Y., Manon, M. & Peters, D. (2006) “Environmental Impact Assessment: Between Bureaucratic Process and Social Learning.” Handbook of Public Policy Analysis. Ed. by Fischer, F., Miller, G. & Sidney, M. London: Taylor & FrancisAltrock, U., Güntner, S., Huning, S. and Peters, D. (Eds.) (2006) Spatial Planning and Urban Development in the new EU Member States. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Peters, D. (2005) “How Different Spatial Contexts Result in Different Sustainability Discourses – A Discursive Analysis of the Budapest Ring Road” European Spatial Research and Policy, 12:1, 69-88
  • Peters, D. (2005) “Networking for Trans-National ‘Missing Links’ - Tracing the Political Success of European High-Speed Rail in the 1990s” In: The Network Society – The New Context for Planning. Edited by L. Albrechts and S. Mandelbaum. London: Routledge, pp. 81-94
  • Peters, D. (2003) “Cohesion, Polycentricity, Missing Links and Bottlenecks: Conflicting Spatial Storylines for Pan-European Transport Investments.”  European Planning Studies, 11:3, 317-339

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Sustainable Cities
  • Modes of Inquiry

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Alumni Board Member, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, Columbia University (2010-14)
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member, UN Global Research Network on Human Settlements (HS-NET) (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)