Exploring International Work in Washington D.C.

  By Julie Wedig, MURP ’17 From the moment I stepped onto the sidewalk heading to my first meeting Monday morning over spring break in Washington, I could feel the activity of the city swirling around me. When stoplights turned to green at every intersection, it felt as though the crowd might carry me to […]

My Experience in the Capital of International Development

By Dennis Avila, MPP ’17 I had the great opportunity to visit Washington D.C. with five other classmates this past Spring Break. The trip was a unique opportunity for all of us to visit several organizations, NGOs, think tanks, etc. We also met with researchers and international development workers who shared with us their work, […]

Transit Tourism: Visiting Japan with Luskin’s Transportation and Urban Reform Study Group

By Tony Castelletto, MPP ’17 Not so long ago, I would not have considered myself a world traveler. This despite trips to Canada, Mexico, Scotland, and Greece. In all of these places, I’ve had at least one language in common with the locals. I don’t speak Greek, but most Greeks actually speak English quite well […]

Applying a Global Perspective to the Social Work Field

By Brittany Woods, MSW ’17 Before beginning my final quarter in the Master of Social Welfare program at UCLA, I had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. and meet with various NGOs and Government agencies alongside six of my peers from the Luskin School of Public Affairs. From meeting with various divisions of the […]

Reflections from the Capital

By Kira Vandenbrande, B.A. International Development ’17 As I complete my final year as an undergraduate at UCLA, I have begun to rethink my career trajectory. Had someone asked me prior to Spring break whether or not I would choose to pursue a master’s degree, I would have likely responded no. However, one trip to D.C. […]

Is Los Angeles the World’s Most Congested City? Sure, But What Gives?

Housing Experts Say Things about Transportation Planning By Paavo Monkkonen and Vinit Mukhija, FCL’s of Global Urbanization and Regional Development, and Professors of Urban Planning  According to INRIX latest “Traffic Scorecard“, Los Angeles is the most congested city in the world. But what does that really mean? Do we have the longest commutes? Do we have […]

An Alumni Q&A with Ramiro Alberto Ríos MA UP ’10

Ramiro Alberto Ríos (Urban Planning M.A. 2010) is a Transport Consultant at the World Bank who specializes in urban and sustainable transport. His most recent project includes the development of an Urban Rail Project Implementation Guidebook to inform decision makers and Metro implementing agencies about the most important issues and challenges of planning, constructing, operating […]

The (Media)m is the Message

By Victor Ansley, MURP ’17 Heading into the home stretch of winter quarter of my final year as a MURP, I have recently spent some time reflecting on my experience at Luskin after spending the previous quarter participating in the inaugural Sciences Po-UCLA Masters exchange. Engrossed with Parisian academic and social life, I wrote on […]

An Alumni Q&A with Aravind Moorthy PhD Economics ’12, MPP ’06

Aravind Moorthy (PhD Economics 2012, MPP 2006) is a development economist at Mathematica Policy Research who specializes in designing and conducting experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluations. He has studied programs in Senegal, Uganda, Rwanda, India, and the US, and works in a wide variety of sectors, including agriculture, education, climate change, land tenure, labor, and finance. […]

On Oil States and Ethics; on Circuses and Bread! Bring on the Clowns, Bring on the Kleptocrats

By Susanna Hecht, FCL of Global Environment and Resources, Professor of Urban Planning  My late friend Bill Woods, a famous archeologist, and a big burly guy in the way that Midwesterners are big and burly had a frantic and actually pathetic fear of clowns. I know that “mean” clowns are all the rage these days, […]