I’m Not There (Yet)

By Phoebe Brauer, MURP student, currently in Thailand I’m Not There (Yet) I’m not in Myanmar and I’m not working with ActionAid International. Phew! I’m glad we got that out of the way. Long story short, after many months of emailing with several organizations, plans fell through. So instead I’ve pieced together an even better […]

Helping the helpers in Vijayawada, India

By Jonathan Slakey, MPP Candidate ’15, who is working in Vijayawada, India We’re all human beings, and everyone deserves a chance to live a comfortable life free from the insecurity of finding your next meal or home. That’s what brought me to India, and the Association of Relief Volunteers (ARV).   I’ve been in Vijayawada, India for […]

India: A Bubble About to Burst

By Evelyn Ferreira, MURP ’15 It feels like India is about to burst. If there’s one way to sum up two-weeks’ worth of experiences here, it’s that the country’s cities are beyond capacity. It doesn’t take an urban planner-in training to see that. In Delhi and Hyderabad, the traffic is unbearable. Clouds of black diesel […]

The Adventure Begins

By Marianne Chen, MSW candidate ’15, interning in Shanghai, China  It’s been a week since I arrived in Shanghai and already so much has happened. I hit the ground running less than 24 hours after I got here. Who needs sleep anyway? On my first day, I met Dr. Ji Qing-ying (nationally recognized as one […]

PhD Postcard from Romania

By Sara Pilgreen, Social Welfare PhD candidate A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of presenting my current research at the well-respected EMES European Network of Scholars conference in Timisoara Romania from June 29 through July 2, 2014. There were 35 doctoral students from 19 countries and 17 faculty scholars representing 12 countries. This conference, focusing specifically on […]

Hello again, Zambia

Post by Kana Kudo, MURP candidate ’15, who is in Lusaka, Zambia Lusaka changed immensely in a year! I used to live and work as a planner in Lusaka, Zambia from 2011 to 2013. While working here, I realized the importance of sustainable development and how it could positively affect people’s lives. Therefore, after finishing […]


By Katie Olson-Kenny, MURP candidate ’15, who is in the Philippines I struggled deciding on a topic for this first entry.  It has been one week into my stay in the Philippines, and already so much has happened.  My first jeepney ride certainly counted as a “new experience.”  After all, weaving through traffic, while sitting […]

Introducing the student bloggers

The Global Public Affairs initiative at UCLA Luskin has awarded seven students fellowships to participate in internships across the globe this summer. The internship opportunities are via the initiative’s International Practice Pathway program which funds community development and grassroots or globalization fieldwork placements. The students will be sharing their experiences on this blog. Here is a list of the […]