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Dr. Roger Caves


PhD, University of Delaware

Office Hours

Fall 2017 -
Tuesday, Thursday 11:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday 1:00-3:00pm

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, elected as the President of the national Faculty Athletics Representatives Association in 2008-2009 and has served as 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, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, 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, 2nd, 3rd and 4th editions (2003, 2008, and 2014); and editor of Encyclopedia of the City (2005). He is also co-editor with Dr. Fritz Wagner on Community Livability (2012) and Livable Cities from a Global Perspective (forthcoming 2018).  Current areas of research are focused on community gardens, cities and sustainable development, livable cities, smart cities, and the use of information and communications technologies in planning.