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 […]

The Great Indian Cash Purge

By Vinit Mukhija, FCL of Global Urbanization and Regional Development, Professor of Urban Planning  While the United States was shaken up by the unexpected election of Donald Trump to the Presidency, India also received some surprising news on November 8th. The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who in a recent New York Times op-ed was […]

Finding the Global in Central America: A Conversation with Susan Kandel

The following interview is an edited transcription of a conversation with Luskin alumna Susan Kandel (MA UP ’95) What led you to pursue a Masters degree in Planning in Regional and International Development urban planning, and why did you choose to study at UCLA? I began to consider UCLA’s urban planning program back in the […]

The State of European Cities 2016

Michael Storper, Director of GPA, FCL of Global Processes and Institutions, Professor of Urban Planning at Luskin, wrote the background paper for Chapter 3 of The State of European Cities 2016, a report published as a Commission Staff Working Document with the agreement of UN-Habitat. The reports sheds light on Europe’s unfolding demographic, economic, mobility, societal […]

Studying Abroad In My Own Country

By Will Cox I am an exchange student studying abroad in my own country. As an American entering a Masters program at Sciences Po Paris, I was confronted in my first year by the diversity of opinions held by students hailing from Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. These opinions made me question my preconceived notions […]

From Sciences Po to UCLA

By Margot Catteau My experience at UCLA as an exchange student from Sciences Po is very exciting. Concerning the class format, one very challenging thing for me as a French student is participating in class. Indeed, here you are constantly asked about your opinion, ideas and questions, and it is clearly something I am not […]

Governing the Large Metropolis: Sciences Po – UCLA Luskin Exchange Program

By Victor Ansley, MURP ’17 As one of the first students to get the chance to participate in the UCLA Luskin – SciencesPo Paris master’s exchange program, I feel privileged to have the opportunity to spend a semester in Paris while also engaging with a uniquely complementary curriculum at SciencesPo. First off, being in an […]

The U.S. Presidential Election and Global Public Affairs: Beyond Wonkery and Demagoguery

By Michael Storper, Director of GPA, FCL of Global Processes and Institutions, Professor of Urban Planning  There are many ostensible differences between the view of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump with respect to the global involvements of the USA and the global order in general. We could say that Trump is skeptical about the multilateral […]