G. Scott Aikens, Ph.D., is currently Vice President for Leasing at Robert B. Aikens & Associates, LLC. His business and educational background has revolved around the intersections of place-making, social media, real estate, and retail and entertainment.

Since 2005, Mr Aikens has been working in retail real estate at Robert B. Aikens & Associates, LLC, which owns and manages a number of retail and commercial properties. His primary focus is on the Village of Rochester Hills, a main-street lifestyle center in metropolitan Detroit. He is also increasingly engaged in finding new projects through acquisition, development and / or services contracts.

From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Aikens worked on local digital content strategy at NPR/PBS affiliate KQED in Northern California. Among other achievements, he initiated a multi-platform project (TV, Radio, and Interactive) at KQED that evolved into Quest, an on-going multi-million dollar program that explores science and nature in the bay Area.

From 1997 through 1998, Mr. Aikens worked as a researcher at the University of Cambridge under a grant from the UK Economic and Social Research Council. This followed four years at the university in which he pursued and earned his Ph.D. thesis, which focused on the impact of the Internet on local democracy. Archives from online debates he ran in the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races in Minnesota in 1994 and 1996 provided the data for his Ph.D.

Mr. Aikens also earned a B.A., with Distinction, in History from the University of Michigan, and an M.B.A. in Finance from Fordham University in New York City.


Check out some of the projects I’ve been involved in since 1994 in areas as diverse as real estate, tv & radio, and public policy.  The question I’ve been working on throughout my career is how to create value in and for local communities.

Academic & Civic Interests

My Cambridge University Ph.D. was published in 1997.  During the process I co-founded, and formulated some insights into the democratizing impact of the Internet on local democracy.