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Dr. Roger Caves


PhD, University of Delaware

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday 2:00-3:00, Tuesday and Thursday 11:00-12:00 and by appt.

Office: PSFA 121

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Phone: 619-594-6472

Dr. Roger W. Caves is Professor of City Planning. He received his BA in Political Science (1975) and master’s degree in Urban Studies (1977) from Old Dominion University and his Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public policy from the University of Delaware. He was formerly Director of Research for the California Institute for Smart Communities (1997-1999). Dr. Caves was also appointed as the SDSU Faculty Athletics Representative by President Stephen Weber in 2000. He served in this position until the end of the Fall 2010 semester. He served as a member of the Mountain West Conference joint Council and was elected as the President of the national Faculty Athletics Representatives Association in 2008-2009. He is currently a member of the NCAA Division 1 Committee on Athletics Certification. He joined the SDSU faculty in 1983.

He has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of the American Planning Association, Cities: The International Journal of Urban Planning and Policy, California Politics and Policy, and the International Journal of E-Planning Research. He has been a subject area specialist on speaking tours for the US Information Service and has received numerous grants to further his research. He has spoken in such countries as Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Scotland, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Sweden, Finland, Turkey, Israel, Japan, Brazil, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

Dr. Caves has published numerous publications related to urban planning, housing, community development and information technology, environmental planning, alternative structures of local government, human service needs, defense conversion, direct democracy, and public service. He is the author of Land Use Planning: The Ballot Box Revolution (1992); editor of Exploring Urban America: An Introductory Reader (1995); co-author of Planning in the USA, 2d and 3rd editions ((2003, 2008); and editor of Encyclopedia of the City (2005). He is currently working on the 4th edition of Planning in the USA and on an edited book with Dr. Fritz Wagner on livable communities. Current areas of research are focused on community gardens, cities and sustainable development, and the use of information and communications technologies in planning.