2018’s Best State Capitals to Live in

In WalletHub’s recent article, they explored various determinants of which state capital makes best homes. WalletHub compared all 50 across 51 key indicators of affordability, economic strength, quality of education and health, and overall living standards. Our data set ranges from cost of living to K–12 school-system quality to number of attractions. Read on for our […]

If we talk about we talk about hurting the planet, who exactly is the “we”?

Every year, human activity moves more sediment and rock than all natural processes combined, including erosion and rivers. This might not shock you. In fact, you’ve probably seen similar soundbites circulating online, signals of the sheer scale of how we’re terraforming the planet in the era of the Anthropocene. Natural and social scientists argue passionately about almost everything Anthropocenic, from […]

Scientists’ Second Warning to Humanity

A short article from BioScience has resonated globally this past week.  It concerns a broad warning to humanity about our alarmingly unsustainable ways, concerning nearly every facet of our existence. The paper follows on from an initial warning to humanity made by leading scientists exactly 25 years ago. Led by the eminent researcher Bill Ripple, the current […]

U.S. Law and Order Edition: Indoor prostitution and police body-worn cameras

In this week’s World Bank Development Impact Blog, Berk Ozler covers research by GPA Health Cluster Leader and Associate Professor of Public Policy, Manisha Shah. Shah has a new paper (with Scott Cunningham) that is forthcoming in the Review of Economic Studies. This paper “Decriminalizing Indoor Prostitution: Implications for Sexual Violence and Public Health” investigates the […]

Education amidst fragility, conflict and violence

By Steve Commins, Associate Director, Global Public Affairs @ UCLA Luskin Director, International Practice Pathway Faculty Cluster Leader, Global Environment and Resources, Lecturer in Urban Planning   Access to schooling and quality learning can be undermined by various manifestations of fragility, conflict and violence (FCV). The effect of different elements of FCV on education has both […]

Open and closed: Walking around Fortress Coyoacán

By Thomas Abbot, MURP ’18 The experience of walking in Mexico City can run the gamut from serene and calming to white-knuckle stressful. The parks seem made for the casual stroll, with no shortage of things to admire and an easy flow of people. By contrast, some streets present forbidding walls and hair-thin sidewalks, forcing […]

Violence prevention efforts in Kampala, Uganda

By Nikki Lewis, MPP, MSW ’19 My time at Kampala is one of contrast. I work for an organization dedicated to preventing violence against women and children in a culture that has deep patriarchal roots. I spend my days crafting material that will help organizations across Africa implement Violence Against Women (VAW) prevention programming. I […]

Reflections on ‘the perfect city’ and climate adaptation, from Bonn, Germany

By Lolly Lim, MURP ’18 It’s been about a month since I’ve arrived in Bonn, Germany, to participate in an internship with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC’s) Climate Adaptation Programme. My experience in Bonn so far has been one of run-ins-and-outs with the familiar and unfamiliar. Walking through this city of […]

The Urban Planning Challenges of Language in India

By Sonia Suresh My favorite phrase in Hindi is Main ghum gahee hoo. Aside from being to fun to say, it comes in handy because it means “I’m lost.” Of course, getting lost — whether because of culture or geography — is all in the adventure of being in a new country. However I came […]

Ciudad Posible: Exploring Urban Innovation in Latin America

By Ribeka Toda, MURP ’18 In the MURP program, one of the biggest frustrations can be the disconnection between academia and practice. Discussing brilliant ideas for improving our cities with the brightest people can be exhilarating until faced with the reality of influencing public policy. For example, Professor Donald Shoup has been teaching generations of […]