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, […]

An Alumni Q&A with Urban Advocate Dave Mason ’11

Dave Mason received his doctorate in urban and regional planning from UCLA in 2011, and has over nine years of experience in research and practice related to land and housing, urban poverty and slums and urban service delivery. He currently works as an Urban Specialist with the World Bank where his work covers two areas. […]

Sciences Po, Paris, and a Change of Scenery

By David Fenn, MURP ’17 After four years of a Southern California, UC, and American perspectives on urban planning and transportation issues (undergrad at UC San Diego and my first year at UCLA Luskin), coming to Sciences Po in Paris has been a breath of fresh air. The academic approach is more theoretical and the […]

California Dreamin’: A French Perspective

By Lily Munson We do not have this kind of space, we do not have this many trees, we do not display so much enthusiasm. I would not say people are less welcoming in Paris, but they definitely show it less. From a French perspective, the UCLA campus, along with the city of LA, represents a […]