Deike Peters, PhD

Academic Administration - Undergraduate Program
Faculty - Full-Time
deike peters
Associate Professor of Environmental Planning & Practice
Director of Environmental Studies
  • PhD, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
  • MA, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • MSc, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
  • Undergraduate Studies in Urban Design and Planning, TU Hamburg and TU Dortmund (Germany)
  • Diploma in French Language and Cultural Studies, Sorbonne, University Paris IV (France)
  • Modes of Inquiry
  • What is a City? What is Los Angeles? 
  • Costs and Benefits of High-Speed Rail
  • Environmental Design
  • Sustainable California
  • Environmental Planning and Practice
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Cities and Environment in the Global South
  • Environmental Movements
  • 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
  • Peters, Deike. “Global Cities, Megacities, Ordinary Cities: Urbanization across the Pacific Basin.” In The Pacific Basin: An Introduction, edited by Shane J. Barter and Michael Weiner, 101-10. New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • Loukaitou-Sideris, Anastasia, and Deike Peters. “High-Speed Rail Stations as Transportation Nodes and Places: Lessons for California.” In High Speed Rail and Sustainability: Decision-Making and the Political Economy of Investment, edited by las Luis Pérez Henríquez and Elizabeth Deakin, 337-53. New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • Peters, Deike. “Density Wars in Silicon Beach: The Struggle to Mix New Spaces for Toil, Stay and Play in Santa Monica, CA.” In Protest and Resistance in the Tourist City, edited by Claire Colomb and Johannes Novy, 90-106. New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • Peters, Deike. “Old Myths and New Realities of Transport Infrastructure Assessment: Implications for EU Interventions in Central Europe.” In Transport Projects, Programmes, and Policies: Evaluation Needs and Capabilities, edited by John Nellthorp and Peter Mackie, Chapter 3. London: Routledge, 2017 (eBook version).
  • Altrock, Uwe, Simon Güntner, Sandra Huning, and Deike Peters, eds. Spatial Planning and Urban Development in the New EU Member States: From Adjustment to Reinvention. Urban and Regional Planning and Development Series. London: Routledge, 2016.
  • Peters, Deike. “Urban Mega-Projects and Reversibility: The Re-Railing of Los Angeles.” In Perspectives in Metropolitan Research: Self-induced Shocks: Mega-projects and Urban Development, edited by Gernot Grabher and Joachim Thiel, 50-71. Hamburg, Berlin: Jovis Verlag GmbH, 2015.
  • Peters, Deike. “Jubiläumswünsche aus der Traumfabrik.” [Congratulations from the Dream Factory.] In Stadtentwicklung, Planungstheorie und Planungsgeschichte auf dem Prüfstand [Urban Development, Planning Theory and Planning History Re-examined.], edited by S. Huning, T. Kuder and H. Nuissl. Special Issue of the Publication Series Planungsrundschau. Berlin: Altrock Verlag, 2015.
  • Peters, Deike. “Ethan N. Elkind 2014: Railtown–The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 39, no. 2 (June 2015): 428–30.
  • Peters, D. (2015) “Urban Megaprojects and Reversibility: The Re-Railing of Los Angeles.” In: Grabher, G. and Thiel, J. (Eds.) Self-Induced Shocks: Megaprojects and Urban Development. Perspectives in Metropolitan Research, Vol. 1. Hamburg: Jovis.
  • Loukaitou-Sideris, A., Peters, D. and Wei, W. (2015) Promoting Intermodal Connectivity at California’s High-Speed Rail Stations. Mineta Transportation Institute Report MTI 12-47. San Jose: San Jose State University. [222 pages]
  • Peters, D. (2013) “Gender and Sustainable Urban Mobility.” Official Thematic Background Study for the 2013 UN Global Report on Human Settlements.
  • 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” 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.” 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.
  • 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 & Francis.
  • Altrock, 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. (2003) “Cohesion, Polycentricity, Missing Links and Bottlenecks: Conflicting Spatial Storylines for Pan-European Transport Investments.” European Planning Studies, 11:3, 317-339
  • 2013-present, Professor, SUA
  • 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
  • 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)