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Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences

CJ Gabbe

CJ Gabbe
C.J. Gabbe

Associate Professor

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. His past and ongoing research relates to four key topics: (1) land use regulations and housing markets; (2) the political economy of residential growth; (3) housing and environmental quality; and (4) housing and climate change. Most of C.J.’s research is focused on 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 101: Capstone Seminar

ENVS 116: Introduction to GIS

ENVS 117: Intermediate GIS

ENVS 122: Environmental Politics and Policy

ENVS 128: Sustainable Urban Planning


Selected Publications

Refereed journal articles

Gabbe, C. J., Pierce, G., & Clowers, G. (in press). How much do regulations matter? An analysis of the effects of residential minimum parking requirements in Seattle. Land Use Policy.

Gabbe, C. J., (2019). Changing residential land use regulations to address high housing prices: Evidence from Los Angeles. Journal of the American Planning Association. 85(2), 152-168.

Gabbe, C. J., Oxlaj, E., & Wang, J. (2019). New housing development and near-roadway air pollution: Assessing risks and mitigation policies in San Jose, California. Journal of Transport and Health, 13, 78-89.

Gabbe, C. J. (2019). Local regulatory responses during a regional housing shortage: An analysis of rezonings in Silicon Valley. Land Use Policy, 80, 79–87.

Gabbe, C. J. (2018). How do developers respond to land use regulations? An analysis of new housing in Los Angeles. Housing Policy Debate, 28(3), 411–427.

Gabbe, C. J. (2018). Residential zoning and near-roadway air pollution: An analysis of Los Angeles. Sustainable Cities and Society, 42, 611–621.

Gabbe, C. J. (2017). Why are regulations changed? A parcel analysis of upzoning in Los Angeles. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 38(3), 289–300.

Gabbe, C. J., & Pierce, G. (2017). Hidden costs and deadweight losses: Bundled parking and residential rents in the metropolitan United States. Housing Policy Debate, 27(2), 219–229. 

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

Curriculum vitae
Curriculum vitae

In the News

January 25, 2021

Research by C.J. Gabbe and UCLA’s Gregory Pierce found that, nationwide, bundling the cost of a garage space into rents adds about 17 percent to a unit’s rent.

July 15, 2019

C.J. Gabbe was quoted in an article in Governing Online about how tire-chalking methods of enforcing parking limits have been deemed unconstitutional in some cases. 

May 30, 2019

CJ Gabbe was quoted in SanJoseInside about the fiscal impact of SCU’s proposal for faculty housing alongside the Bronco Venture Accelerator.