UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News


October 03, 2012
Dr. Paavo Monkkonen returns to the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs after earning his MPP here before earning his Ph.D. at Berkeley. After teaching at Hong Kong University, he is now teaching urban planning courses, specifically 208 C in Fall 2012. The course is required of all Ph.D. students who have passed their field examinations but have not yet advanced to candidacy, and all M.U.R.P. students completing their thesis capstone option.
October 02, 2012
In their own words, UCLA Luskin students describe how the School of Public Affairs has positively impacted their lives and what it meant to study at UCLA Luskin.To visit our new UCLA Luskin YouTube channel, please bookmark this link: www.youtube.com/UCLALuskin


September 28, 2012
The annual UCLA Luskin Open House took place on Thursday, Sept. 27 in the newly-renovated Commons area on the third floor of the Public Affairs building. The gathering was a great way for public policy, social welfare and urban planning of alumni and current students to mingle and network. Watch a video of the festivities. 
September 27, 2012
  Cities such as New York and San Francisco are developing living spaces that are about the size of a mini storage unit or parking space (200 to 300 square feet) for residents willing to pare down to the bare essentials.   Associate Professor Vinit Mukhija comments on this trend on MSNBC news:  http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/49171798/
September 13, 2012
Dr. Richard Jackson, a professor of Urban Planning at the Luskin School of Public Affairs, was awarded with one of the nation’s most prestigious honors on Tuesday as he was the recipient of one of the 18th Annual Heinz Awards. Jackson was one of just five people in the country to receive the distinguished award, which honors work in Arts and Humanities, Environment, Human Condition; Public Policy; and Technology, the Economy and Employment.
September 12, 2012
With the new initiative to create parklets in the city of Los Angeles, the new outdoor spaces could ultimately take away free parking spots. But before drivers get in an uproar, one must realize that paying for a parking space in L.A. might not be such a bad thing – it could actually help the city.


August 17, 2012
Dr. Richard Jackson will be presented with the Socially Responsible Medicine Award by Los Angeles Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR-LA) at their annual Gala Dinner.  He will be recognized for his long time advocacy to protect farmworkers and children from pesticide risks and improving community health by changing the built environment.  Founded on the principle that we must "prevent what we cannot cure," PSR-LA is committed to reducing threats to public health related to nuclear and environmental toxins.
August 03, 2012
Martin Wachs (above left), a distinguished professor emeritus of Urban Planning, and Urban Planning professor Brian Taylor, who directs the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, have an op-ed in the


July 31, 2012
Urban Planning professor Chris Tilly has penned a piece for Los Angeles Magazine in which he proposes solutions to help fix the city's budget problems.