This area of concentration is concerned with the interrelated problems of development; including industrialization, urbanization, patterns of regional economic growth and decline, rural and resource-based development, the nature and consequences of geographically uneven development, and the problems of marginalized populations including access to basic urban services and livelihoods. Global flows of goods, capital, labor, and information are increasing. Simultaneously, what regions do, how they do it, and their experiences of growth and decline continue to be quite different. Thus, we take regions as the major territorial scale of economic development and engage with policies designed specifically to encourage and shape development at the regional level. These policies range from resource based development policies to those concentrating on technology based industrialization, and from highly structured industrial planning and location policies to those focusing on more diffused institution building at the regional scale.
In order to guide their study, RID students select one of two streams of study; Regional Economic Development or International Development. These two areas are interrelated but differentiate the focus of study principally through the electives students take. These areas are unique strengths of UCLAs Urban Planning Department, and combined with opportunities in the broader UCLA environment like the Institute of the Environment, the International Institute, Center for the Study of Women, and the Fielding School of Public Health, create endless possible combinations of coursework.
Faculty regularly teaching courses in the concentration include Stephen Commins, Randy Crane, Susanna Hecht, Paavo Monkkonen, Vinit Mukhija, Ed Soja, Michael Storper, Rui Wang, and Goetz Wolff. Faculty research covers an immense range of topics, such as slum redevelopment and urban upgrading in Mumbai, the nature and social dynamics of forest change over time, the role of civil society organizations in development, the relationship between urban spatial structure and economic productivity in Mexico, the drivers of urban growth and regional disparities in California, disaster management, public goods provision and public finance in Chinese cities, urban sprawl and accessibility, and spatial justice.
Graduates from RID work in different positions in a wide variety of places including international development organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, the Aga Khan Foundation, GOAL Global, and World Vision; public sector organization like the State of Illinois Redistricting, the LA County Department of Regional Planning, and the City of Toronto; and private sector companies such as Nike Italy, Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, Jones Lange Lasalle, ICF GHK Consulting, and the California Community Reinvestment Corporation.
In addition to opportunities at the organizations listed above, RID students have recently completed internships with UN Habitat in Nairobi, the Housing Department of the City of Johannesburg, Action Aid in Bangladesh, the World Agroforestry Center in Indonesia, the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) in Beijing, the Chengdu Institute of Planning and Design (CDIPD), the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology University (CEPT) in Ahmedabad, India, the Yunus Center at AIT in Thailand, and the UN-ESCAP in Myanmar.
Students interested in international work can benefit greatly from the International Practice Pathway program run through Luskin Global Public Affairs. Workshops to develop specific skills relevant to international development work and about careers in international development are held periodically.
The RID curriculum consists of three required courses and three electives. Electives can be taken from the lists provided below, or from other departments on campus with approval of the AOC coordinator. In order to guide their study, RID students select one of two streams of study; Regional Economic Development or International Development. Listed below are the two required courses for each stream. Where possible, links to most recent syllabus from each course are provided.
Required courses (all students):
REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STREAM
Required course: 237A Sectoral Analysis
Management and Response
UPM230 Intro to Regional Planning
233 Political Economy of Urbanization
UP238 Global Labor Markets
CM237C The Southern California Regional Economy (CM137)
278 Urban Labor Markets and Public Policy
239 Special Topics in RID
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT STREAM
Required course: 236B Globalization
Studies 291: Water and the City Seminar
Sociology 236A: International Migration
UP235B Civil Society, NGOs, and Social Movements in Developing Countries
UP238 Global Labor Markets
UP269 Special Topics in Environmental Analysis and Policy
232 Disaster Management and Response
PP270 Economic Principles and Economic Development in Indigenous Communities
CHS 200 Global Health Problems
PP290 International Poverty and Economic Development
CHS 451 Post-Disaster Community Health
UP239 Special Topics in RID