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Gerard Sandoval

Professor, Planning, Public Policy and Management
Senate Vice President and President-Elect, University of Oregon Senate
Phone: 541-346-8432
Research Interests: Community Development, Urban Planning and Migration, Neighborhood Revitalization

Public Service

Commissioner, State of Oregon, Land Conservation and Development Commission, (Appointment 2020-2024)

Councilmember, State of Oregon, Housing Stability Council, (Appointment 2018-2026).                                                   


PhD (City and Regional Planning), University of California, Berkeley (2007)
MCP (City and Regional Planning), University of California, Berkeley (2002)
BS (Community and Regional Development), University of California, Davis (2000)

Summary of Research Interests

I situate my scholarly research within intersections of racial equity, immigration, and city planning. I draw on detailed narrative case studies to study ethnic identity, neighborhood revitalization (in both urban and rural context), and community change. My research identifies and examines equitable planning outcomes generated by 

  • increasing affordable housing, 
  • supporting inclusive land-use policies, 
  • recognizing generative forms of economic development, 
  • providing access to public and active transportation systems,  
  • incorporating an environmental ethic, and 
  • designing transparent public participation mechanisms to revitalize urban cities and rural towns. 

Research Focus Areas

  • Theories and strategies of community development
  • Redevelopment of marginalized low-income neighborhoods
  • Interactions of planning institutions with immigrant communities


  • Planning Theory and Ethics
  • Human Settlements
  • Justice and Urban Revitalization

Selected Awards

  • Chester Rapkin Award, 2014, best planning article in the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).
  • Paul Davidoff Book Award, 2013, honorable mention, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).
  • Barclay Gibbs Jones Award, 2009, best dissertation in planning, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)

Selected Publications

Lindner, Christoph; Sandoval, Gerard. Aesthetics of Gentrification: Seductive Spaces and Exclusive Communities in the Neoliberal City. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2021. The open-access version can be downloaded from the OAPEN Library here:

Sandoval, Gerardo; Rodine, Shawn. “Ranchitos: Immigrant integration via Latino sustainable agriculture”. Latino Studies Journal, 18, (2020): 151–173

Sandoval, Gerardo. “Planning the Barrio: Ethnic Identity and Struggles over Transit-Oriented, Development-Induced Gentrification”. Journal of Planning Education and Research, Online First (8-15-2018).

Sandoval, Gerardo. “Transforming Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects via immigrant led-revitalization:  The MacArthur Park Case”, In Immigrants and Metropolitan Revitalization. Edited by Thomas Sugrue and Domenic Vitiello, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017.

Main, Kelly and Sandoval, Gerardo. “Placemaking in a translocal receiving community: The relevance of place to identity and agency.” Urban Studies 52, no. 1 (2015): 71-86.

Sandoval, Gerardo. “Shadow Transnationalism: Cross-Border networks and planning challenges of transnational unauthorized immigrant communities.” Journal of Planning Education and Research 33, no. 2 (2013): 176–193. (Recipient of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning 2014 Chester Rapkin Award for best article).