Global Public Affairs in D.C.

by Landy Joseph, MURP ’20 and Madeleine Sims, MURP ’20 The trip to DC was full of lessons and inspiration that will continue to serve as fuel for us to push forward in the pursuit of our passions for entering the field of global work. At the end of a four-day jam-packed itinerary, a once […]

Discovering the Culture of International Development Organizations

by Candice Richardson, MPP ’20 Over Spring Break, I had the opportunity to go to DC over the spring break and meet with individuals at many different international organizations, including NGO’s, think tanks, non-profits, and government agencies. Most of the organizations we met with were primarily focused on international development; although some were also domestically […]

Meeting Global Public Policy Practitioners

by Jesslyn Mitchell, MPP ’20, and Robert Gibbons, MPP ’20 When we spoke with research analysts and development workers in Washington DC, it surprised us to hear them speak about their jobs and daily activities with such passion and resonance. We did not expect to receive such thoughtful and personal insight into the individuals behind […]

International Development Careers Are Not ‘One Size Fits All’

by Mckenna Morgan, MPP ’20, and Caitlin Thompson, MPP ’20 The two of us had the opportunity to travel to Washington DC over Spring Break with Global Public Affairs at Luskin. We learned valuable information about the diversity in the types of jobs associated with international policy and development work. This diversity has shown us […]

Exploring Careers in International Development

by Charlotte Fagan and Tetsuro Hirose This past week, through an opportunity with Global Public Affairs at Luskin, we visited Washington DC to visit with over 10 organizations working in International Development. As two students who have never worked in DC, this trip was an eye-opening experience to learn about the landscape of Washington DC, […]

Food Security and Climate Resilience Require Land Rights Reform

  By Andy Currier, MPP ’19 – Landesa and Karina Kloos – Landesa Note: This blog was originally published here For communities across the Global South, the impacts of climate change are not abstract projections but concrete realities that threaten their land and food security. In the wake of the dramatic findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, […]

The Beauty of Being 8660 Feet Above Sea Level

by Angela Garcia, MSW ’19 Arriving in Bogotà, Colombia was a unique experience, as I landed, and I took in the Colombian air a similar feeling to that of my parents’ home country of Mexico settled in. The smells of rich soil and diverse people began to overtake my senses. However, I soon realized that […]

Growing Gender Equity through Gardens in Honduras

By Michelle Einstein, MURP ’19 During the weeks I spent in Honduras, I learned a lot from meeting with local community members — about gender issues for rural farmers, the generosity of strangers, and, importantly, how to properly plant sweet potatoes. This summer, I participated as a fellow through University of California’s RIFA (Research and […]

Disaster Management in the Philippines

By Justine Anne Pascual, MURP ’20, MPH ’20 I was raised in a Filipino household, but I was the only one born in the United States. Although my parents maintained the Filipino customs at home, I wasn’t exposed to the history of the Philippines, its different cultures and languages, and the current issues they face, […]

Empowering Women in Rural Communities

By Yesenia Garcia, MSW ’19 This summer I had the amazing opportunity to be an intern with IMSS (Instituto Mexicano de Servicios Sociales), which is the social services department in Mexico. More specifically, I interned for the IMSS in the state of Zacatecas and worked with two different rural communities. These vibrant communities are one […]

New Urban Reserves in the Canadian Prairies

By Daniel Iwama, Urban Planning PhD candidate As researchers trying to understand causes of social injustice, seldom do we take repossession as a subject of inquiry. In the past few months, however, I’ve been researching the formation of new First Nations reserves in Canadian cities, and thinking a lot about how land can be given […]

On shared mobility services in Singapore

By Tomoko Kanda MURP ’19 “Shared mobility” is one of the most popular phrases  in the urban planning and transportation field these days. For most of us living in California, using Uber, Lyft or e-scooters like Bird and Lime has become a daily transportation option. These new services (Uber’s official launch in San Francisco was […]