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CJ Gabbe

CJ Gabbe
C.J. Gabbe

Assistant Professor


Office: Varsi Hall 216
Phone: 1-408-551-3618

Ph.D., 2016, University of California, Los Angeles

C.J. Gabbe is an urban planner and assistant professor in ESS. C.J.’s research focuses on issues connected to climate change mitigation and housing affordability. He is particularly interested in the political economy of urban land use regulations, and the effects of planning interventions on housing markets. Most of C.J.’s research is focused on the metropolitan areas of the western United States. He teaches courses related to sustainable urban planning, environmental policy, and geographic information systems (GIS).

C.J. has a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA (2016), a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Washington (2006), and a bachelor’s degree in Planning, Public Policy, and Management from the University of Oregon (2001). He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and has more than 10 years of professional experience in planning and public policy.


ENVS 116: Introduction to GIS

ENVS 122: Environmental Politics and Policy

ENVS 128: Sustainable Urban Planning


Refereed journal articles

Lens, M. C., & Gabbe, C. J. (2016). Employment proximity and outcomes for Moving to Opportunity families. Journal of Urban Affairs. Advance online publication.

Gabbe, C. J., & Pierce, G. (2016). Hidden costs and deadweight losses: Bundled parking and residential rents in the metropolitan United States. Housing Policy Debate. Advance online publication.

Gabbe, C. J. (2015). Looking through the lens of size: Land use regulations and micro-apartments in San Francisco. Cityscape, 17(2).


Book chapters, policy reports, and other publications

Gabbe, C. J. (2016). Where residential density is allowed - and isn't - in Los Angeles: A fresh look at zoning changes. UCLA Economic Letter. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate.

Chatman, D. G., Rayle, L., Gabbe, C. J., Plowman, J., Sohn, P., Crane, R., & Crane, R. (2016). Analyzing the economic benefits and costs of smart growth. Sacramento, CA: California Air Resources Board.

Gabbe, C. J. (2015). A case where “renters rule”? The motivations for rental housing policy in one Southern California city. Critical Planning Journal.

Holway, J., Gabbe, C. J., Hebbert, F., Lally, J., Matthews, R., & Quay, R. (2012). Opening access to scenario planning tools. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Fregonese, J., & Gabbe, C. J. (2011). Engaging the public and communicating successfully in regional planning. In E. Seltzer & A. Carbonell (Eds.), Regional planning in America. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Fregonese, J., & Gabbe, C. J. (2009). Envision Tomorrow: Using prototype buildings and scenario modeling to measure carbon footprint. In P.M. Condon, D. Cavens & N. Miller (Eds.), Urban planning tools for climate change mitigation. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Gabbe, C. J. (2007). Portland can’t wait. The Next American City.

Kangasoja, J., Gabbe, C. J., Jaakola, A., Soukki, A., & Kurki, H. (2006). GIS as a strategic tool for cities: New developments in Helsinki and Portland. Helsinki Quarterly, 4.