Paavo Monkkonen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, where he teaches courses on housing markets and policy, economics, research methods, and global urban segregation. His research focuses on five areas: housing policy with an emphasis on low-income housing, the role of finance, policy, and economic development in the changing spatial structures of cities, the impacts of land use regulation on housing markets, the regularization of informally developed neighborhoods, and property taxation. Current research projects include an international comparative analysis of household formation, a study of regulations and urbanization in Asia and Latin America funded by the Global Development Network and the Inter-American Development Bank, and a spatial analysis of the housing market of Chengdu, China. He was recently awarded the David C. Lincoln fellowship  to study the urban development impacts of land taxation in Mexicali, Baja California.
Dr. Monkkonen has a Master of Public Policy from the School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed his PhD in City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation research, funded by fellowships from the Fullbright-Hays, North American Regional Science Council and the UC MEXUS research institute, analyzed how the reform of Mexico’s provident fund housing finance system transformed access to housing, the homebuilding industry, urban growth patterns, and the socio-spatial structure of cities. Entitled The Housing Transition in Mexico: Local Impacts of National Policy , it was the winner of the 2010 Aareal Award for Excellence in Real Estate Research from the Real Estate Management Institute of the European Business School. He was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Hong Kong.