Steven M. Richter

Assistant Professor
Community & Regional Planning

Brewster A-213

Ph.D., Community and Regional Planning, University of Texas at Austin
MS, Community and Regional Planning, University of Texas at Austin
Grad Certificate, Leadership in Sustainability, University of Oregon
BS, Design and Manufacturing Engineering, Northwestern University


Areas of Interest: Urban Sustainability, Urban Land Change, Ecological Planning, Social Metabolism, Water Planning, & Coastal Planning, Climate Dynamics & Impacts, Coastal Development Risks, Hazards & Resilience, Remote Sensing & GIS

Dr. Richter’s work encompasses many aspects of human-environmental systems, with a particular focus on metropolitan regions across the United States. His quantitative research leverages the abundant and multi-faceted National Land Cover Database to understand how the quantity and quality of developed lands in the United States have evolved since 2000. This work seeks to inform planning and policy related to growth management, urban peripheries, disaster resilience, and urban ecology. Other ongoing projects include research on state water planning in Texas, sustainable planning theory, and flood social vulnerability.

Dr. Richter’s work appears in various peer-reviewed journals such as Landscape and Urban Planning, Journal of Planning Literature, Sustainability, Cities, and International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.


Courses Taught

  • PLAN 6055: Coastal Planning and Policy
  • PLAN 6065: Growth Management
  • PLAN 6305: Developmental Planning and the Environment
  • PLAN 3020: Environmental Planning
  • PLAN 4055: Coastal Planning
  • PLAN 2410: Fundamentals in GIS