Gregory Pierce


Postdoctoral researcher in the Luskin Center for Innovation
Lecturer in Urban Planning

Home Department: Urban Planning

Areas of Interest

Environmental services, water resources




Greg Pierce is  a postdoctoral researcher in the Luskin Center for Innovation and a Lecturer in Urban Planning. His research and policy work has two major strands. The first analyzes the strategies employed by low-income, urban households to secure access to and utilize environmental services and programs. The second evaluates the political economy of management by cities and sub-national agencies to provide these services and programs. Greg’s work is conducted with a range of data sources, including large administrative datasets and via fieldwork in Latin America and South Asia. Results of this research have been published in the Journal of the American Planning Association,  the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Journal of Planning Literature, Housing Policy Debate, Transport Policy and Development Policy Review. Greg received a PhD in Urban Planning in 2015 and an MA in Urban Planning in 2011, both from UCLA.

Selected Research

1.     Primary project: The World Bank’s Water Scarce Cities Initiative

The Water Scarce Cities Initiative aims to bolster the adoption of integrated approaches to managing water resources and service delivery in water scarce cities as the basis for water security and climate resilience. The initiative brings together experts and representatives from the U.S. Southwest to inform Middle East North African (MENA) cities in pioneering advanced urban water management approaches and shaping current global thinking on these issues.

2.     Secondary project: The Governance of Water User Committees in Mpoma, Uganda

GlobeMed supports local non-profits and government agencies in implementing a Water, Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Program across the region of Mpoma, Uganda. This project evaluates the effectiveness of water user committees (WUCs) in ensuring the success of WASH programming, and particularly assesses the role of women leaders in WUCs and village power dynamics

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