Professor Hester's research focuses on the role of citizens in community design and ecological planning. He is one of the founders of the research movement to apply sociology to the design of neighborhoods, cities and landscapes. His current work is a search for a design process to support ecological democracy. Topics of special interest include Citizen Science, Stewardship, Sacred Landscapes, and Environmental Justice.
Hester, R. 2006. Design for Ecological Democracy. MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
R. Hester and Kweskin, C. (Eds.) 1999. Democratic Design in the Pacific Rim. Ridge Times Press, Mendocino, California.
Hester, R. and Chang, S. 1999. A Theory for Building Community. Yungliou Press, Taipei.
R. Hester, Chang, S., S. Wang (Eds). 1999. Living Landscape: Reading Cultural Landscape Experiences. Taiwan United Force Culture Enterprise Co., Ltd., Taipei.
R. Hester and Dohi, M. 1997. Techniques for Machizukuri. Gendaikikakushitsu Press.
Hester, R. 1990. Community Design Primer. Ridge Times Press, Mendocino, California.
R. Hester and Francis, M.(Eds.) 1990. The Meaning of Gardens. MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Hester, R. 1982. Planning Neighborhood Space with People. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, New York, N.Y.
F.J. Smith and Hester, R. 1982. Community Goal Setting. Dowden, Hutchinson and Ross, Inc., Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Hester, R. 1975. Neighborhood Space. Dowden, Hutchinson and Ross, Inc., Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.