What We Do: About GPA @ UCLA Luskin
GPA @ UCLA Luskin provides intellectual and professional preparation to future experts who plan to work within the realm of global public affairs. We offer four different Certificates in Global Public Affairs, which can be obtained in addition to any MPP, MURP, or MSW degree from the Luskin School. We also offer summer fellowships abroad through GPA’s International Practice Pathway. Additionally, we host various events throughout the year, including prominent lectures, practical workshops, and career talks. These opportunities are open for all Luskin students – find out more today by exploring our website or e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions.
Statement of Purpose
Global Public Affairs @ UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs develops substantively important ideas that address problems and processes of global public affairs. We do this through teaching, research and partnerships, taking advantage of the intellectual resources present at a world-class university such as UCLA.
“Global public affairs” is the study of problems that have trans-border causes or effects. Some such processes are generated by global pipelines (e.g. disease transmission, trade, technology, information flows) and others by global common-pool issues and resources (e.g. climate change, oil, oceans); others concern global stability and security.
GPA @ UCLA Luskin offers preparation for many types of students. U.S. students who seek international careers will acquire a global perspective; non-U.S. students will learn about the ways domestic problems are strongly influenced by international factors; and both domestic and foreign students will gain an appreciation of the ways in which global affairs structure our world, as well as how solutions to problems emanate from many parts of the world today.
GPA @ UCLA Luskin is guided by the following assumptions:
- Policy solutions have both efficiency and equity dimensions, therefore practicality and justice are of equal concern.
- Existing institutions are highly constrained. Global problems and processes occur in a context of inherited structures of government, rules, regulations, and interests. GPA @ UCLA Luskin carries out research and teaching to identify effective ways to work within the existing structures. At the same time, we explore ways to transform these institutions and forge new policy agendas.
- Today’s challenges are, in part, passed on by yesterday’s short-term views and unconsidered consequences. We must engage with the future while understanding that the future is determined, in large part, by prior choices.
In order to realize these goals, GPA @ UCLA Luskin will mobilize a wide array of disciplines and approaches that are available at a top-ranked university such as UCLA. Theory and evidence-based social science is the core of the initiative.
Additional activities, such as exchanges with global partner programs, will be limited in number and highly focused on exchanging complementary skills and subject expertise with top-ranked universities and major professional and international organizations.
If you are interested in supporting Global Public Affairs @ Luskin, please contact our development department at email@example.com
Who We Are
Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.
"Global Public Affairs @ UCLA Luskin represents a strategic investment in scholarship, teaching, and engagement that responds to the dynamic forces of globalization. In turn, this requires public and not-for-profit decision makers to think differently about the allocation of public goods and services. Bringing together the best thinkers and practitioners, Global Public Affairs @ UCLA Luskin seeks to build a robust curriculum for our students, an exciting and multidisciplinary research agenda for our faculty, and create a framework for developing the best practices."
“When I think of global public affairs, an image comes to mind. It is of Spanish ships sailing into Manila harbor in the 1580s, where they meet the merchant boats from Fujian in China. Why this image? What the Spanish most wanted was access to Chinese luxury goods. They had stumbled across the New World looking for a maritime route to Asia. Then they stumbled on silver in Bolivia, which they figured they could use to pay for Chinese goods. The Emperor of China didn’t want more Europeans on Chinese soil, so Manila was the key trading post that knitted together this globe-spanning system of trade, conquest, exploitation, city-building, transport, and inter-culturality. It replaced the thousand-year old global trade highway, the Silk Road. We are living through breathtaking new global interactions today. They create risks, opportunities and potential tragedies, just like previous ones. Global public affairs is about learning how to understand and thereby become constructive, socially-conscious actors so as to better shape these processes."
"Global Public Affairs @ UCLA Luskin strikes a balance between the ‘what’ of global issues through rigorous academic preparation and the ‘how’ of professional practice through fieldwork opportunities and mentoring."
"Global Public Affairs @ UCLA Luskin presents a unique opportunity for students, scholars, and professionals with varying backgrounds and interests to engage in critical thought exchanges covering a range of topics of global concern."
“Global Public Affairs @ UCLA Luskin is a wonderful initiative that adds an important international perspective to all programs at Luskin. There is something for everybody – certificates in four different areas, internships abroad, and exciting events. As an international aficionado hailing from Poland, I am very happy to contribute to this program as a manager, and reap its benefits as a student.”