UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

April

April 12, 2011
Political ecologist and Urban Planning Professor Susanna Hecht  argues that  human activity  has affected the environment in sometimes positive ways. In an interview in Yale’s Environment 360, she talks about  the conservation values of inhabited environments. She says “There has been a recognition that inhabited environments can have major conservation values. If we have lots of people with forests we should be thrilled.
April 08, 2011
Deadline is 5:00 PM, Friday, June 3, 2011. The Lewis Center sponsors an annual student GIS project contest to promote the use of spatial analysis and geographic techniques in the study of California planning and policy issues. Three winners will receive stipends in the following amounts: -1st Place - $500 -2nd Place - (2) awards, $250 each Projects should be submitted on 8.5” x 11” professional style hard-copy format, and should include: -A planning or policy research question relating to the Southern California region.
April 08, 2011
Throughout the 2010-1011 academic year, the Lewis Center is supporting The Harvey Perloff Lectures on the Future of Urban, Regional, and Planning Scholarship, organized by the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA, in honor of planning pioneer and long-time UCLA Dean Harvey S. Perloff. Department faculty nominated a diverse array of urban, regional, and planning scholars to be part of this series, ranging from preeminent senior scholars to young scholars doing cutting-edge research. From amongst these nominations, a range of preeminent scholars have
April 05, 2011
By Lauren Appelbaum and Chris Tilly After nearly two years of recession, the United States economy entered a period of slow recovery in the third quarter of 2009. However, despite seven quarters of GDP growth, jobs have just barely started to recover.

March

March 04, 2011
On February 18, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs held its 7th annual School of Public Affairs Day at Los Angeles City Hall. Hosted each year by City Controller Wendy Greuel, the annual event brings graduate students from the Departments of Public Policy, Urban Planning and Social Welfare, to downtown LA to study an urban social policy issue impacting the city of Los Angeles. This year, the topic was "How should the City of Los Angeles prioritize its renewable energy goals while creating accountability to the DWP ratepayers?"

February

February 15, 2011
Gridlock, rising fuel costs, and blighted roads are common frustrations on the tops to-do list across government agencies in the state and the country. Recent developments with plans for high-speed rail and a subway to the sea in California show government planners addressing problems to lessen congestion.
February 08, 2011
by Robin HefflerA recently signed agreement between UCLA, an Indian university, and governmental officials in India will enable the School of Public Affairs’ urban planning students to work as summer interns and participate in hands-on projects at India’s leading architecture and urban planning university. Some UCLA faculty will present lectures and workshops there as well.

January

January 31, 2011
An urban planning doctoral student in Los Angeles is helping Egyptians at all levels broadcast their stories to the online world during the chaotic days of protests and rioting through the only means of communication they have left — phone land lines.   John Scott-Railton, who has done research and studied in Egypt, decided to begin tweeting and sending out audio reports directly from Egyptians via Twitter and YouTube when the Egyptian government shut down Internet and  cell phone service last Thursday.   Calling his contact