UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News


September 17, 2013
Fate, or some variation of it, has been a major part of Cathy Oloo’s life. It’s what has shuttled her between California and Kenya. It’s what brought her to the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. It’s what helped her earn a prestigious scholarship, the only American — and one of just three people worldwide — to be awarded a generous gift. And, it’s what ties all of these things together in her life. Oloo has always had ties to UCLA. Her father, Tom Hinnebusch, has studied and taught Swahili and linguistics on campus since 1968.
September 12, 2013
The unofficial motto of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs comes from its dean, Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. Oftentimes he says that students and alumni from UCLA Luskin are “changing the world — one place, one project, one person at a time.” Joy Chen is taking on a slightly larger role in her efforts, adding “one generation” to that refrain. “I’m interested in changing the world, which is a carryover from my Urban Planning days,” says Chen, a 1998 graduate of the program, “but the way I’m changing the world is by helping women in China.”
September 05, 2013
Take a moment and think of a big city. What is one of the first images to flash through your mind? A landmark? A building, perhaps? What about the way certain parts of a city take shape? What defines them?


August 19, 2013
Monday marks the beginning of a new era for Urban Planning professor Ted Bardacke. Los Angeles' new mayor, Eric Garcetti, recently named Bardacke the Deputy Director of the new Los Angeles Office of Sustainability. His role begins Aug. 19.
August 15, 2013
A group of graduate students in urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs has created the first comprehensive picture of urban agriculture in Los Angeles County. 
August 09, 2013
Government agencies and systems are extraordinarily complex and under virtually constant demand. Yet those who manage these systems—and deliver critical services such as emergency response, transportation, policing, education, and the like—have few resources to draw upon as they tackle immense management challenges, observes UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs graduate Eric S. Lee.


July 24, 2013
By Judy LinUCLA Today What was it like to spend virtually every waking hour as Barack Obama’s personal aide, responsible for everything from keeping him on schedule to providing him with mouthwash, aspirin and the latest headline news? 
July 18, 2013
Why do some cities grow economically while others decline? Why do some show sustained economic performance while others cycle up and down? Those are the questions that UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs professor Michael Storper answers in his new book, which is now available for purchase.
July 16, 2013
The Luskin Forum, a twice-annual publication from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, is now available. The issue, which focuses on leadership, is free and can be read online by clicking here.With stories featuring current and future leaders from all three departments — Public Policy, Social Welfare and Urban Planning — the issue sports a new and advanced look that allows UCLA Luskin to cover much more than previous versions of the Forum did.
July 10, 2013
Urban Planning professor Susanna Hecht has been selected to receive a major award in the field of geography.