Gerard Sandoval

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Associate Professor, PPPM
Phone: 541-346-8432
Office: 103 Hendricks Hall
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 2018-2022).                                                   


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

Dr. Sandoval’s research is situated within intersections of urban planning, immigration, and community change. As an urban planning scholar, he examines the links between immigrant communities, transnationalism, and placemaking. Drawing on detailed case studies spanning traditional immigrant gateways and emerging immigrant’ destinations he explores how urban planning interventions shape immigrant neighborhoods and in turn, how immigrants are reshaping cities. Dr. Sandoval’s current multiple site case study in California examines the role of ethnic community identity in unifying neighborhood activists, local politicians, and transnational business leaders, in resisting large-scale environmental redevelopment projects that may cause displacement through gentrification. Dr. Sandoval’s second line of research inquiry is a multicity case study in Oregon examining immigrant integration efforts.

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
  • Public Engagement in Diverse Communities
  • Inclusive Urbanism

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

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.

Golub, Aaron; Hoffman, Melody; Lugo, Adonia; Sandoval, Gerardo. Bicycle Justice and Urban Transformation: Biking for All?, New York: Routledge, 2016.

Lung-Amam, Willow; Harwood, Stacy; Sandoval, Gerardo and Sen, Siddhartha. “Teaching equity and advocacy planning in a multicultural “Post-Racial” world.” Journal of Planning Education and Research 35, no. 3 (2015): 337-342.

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.

Sandoval, Gerardo. “Transnational placemaking in small-town America.” In Diálogos: Placemaking in Latino communities. Edited by Michael Rios and Leonardo Vazquez, New York: Routledge, 2012.

Sandoval, Gerardo. Immigrants and the revitalization of Los Angeles: Development and change in MacArthur Park. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2010.