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Dr. Judith Mayer, AICP

Lecturer, Environmental Planning

Environmental planning skills and worldviews are crucial for informed and empowered citizenship and community action, as well as for responsible and effective professional environmental protection work and community-building. Critical thinking, interdisciplinary analysis, and attention to “why” as much as “how” inform my approach to teaching.

I bring perspectives to HSU teaching from professional practices at local, state, and federal levels, and from research and community action in the US and Southeast Asia.  I have taught courses related to environmental planning in several undergrad and graduate programs at HSU in addition to the Department of Environmental Science and Management, including Geography, Sociology, Environmental Science. Women’s Studies, and the Masters in Social Sciences Environment and Community program.  I have also taught in Virginia Tech’s Urban Affairs and Planning undergrad and graduate programs.

My research interests link critical social and policy analysis with community-based and collaborative environmental problem solving outside bureaucratic structures. Over 30 years of research in the US and abroad, I focus on sustaining local environmental resources and livelihoods including indigenous and industrial agroforestry systems and community resilience strategies.  I have served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Arcata since 2007, and as a member of Arcata’s Economic Development Committee. From 2007 to 2010 I was Coordinator / Director of The Borneo Project of Earth Island Institute, which supports Borneo community initiatives for sustainable livelihoods and environmental justice.

Contact Information

Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley, 1996
M.S., Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1982
B.A., History, Swarthmore College, 1977.

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) member

Courses Taught

Local Government Planning
Environmental Law & Regulation
Community, Ecology & Social Action (Sociology graduate seminar)
Introduction to Natural Resource Planning
Natural Resource Planning Methods (LAB)
Landscapes, Cultures & Planning (Geography)