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. 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.

Many faculty teach courses relevant to the RID AOC, including Stephen Commins, Randy Crane, Kian Goh, Susanna Hecht, Paavo Monkkonen, Vinit Mukhija, Ananya Roy, Michael Storper, and Goetz Wolff. Their research covers an immense range of topics; 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, the drivers of urban growth and regional disparities, disaster management, public goods provision and public finance, 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 benefit greatly from other Luskin initiatives such as Luskin Global Public Affairs and the International Practice Pathway program. Faculty and guest speakers hold periodic salons and workshops to discuss current issues in international development, to develop specific skills, and discuss careers in international development.

Stream Descriptions

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.

Area of Concentration Requirements

In addition to the core Urban Planning courses, students in RID are required to take five courses plus the RID urbanization requirement:

Urbanization Requirement UP 236A Theories of Regional Economic Development

Students must choose the Regional Economic Development Stream or the International Development Stream. Listed below are the two required core courses for each stream. Students must also take three electives, preferably from the related stream list. Electives can be taken from the lists provided below, or from other departments on campus with approval of the AOC coordinator.

RID Core

(required for all)

UP 235A Urbanization in the Developing World*

*Can be substituted with UP 239 Urban Politics in the Global South

RED Stream Core UP 237A Sectoral Analysis
RED Stream Electives      (choose three) UP 232 Disaster Management and Response

UP 236B Globalization

UP M230 Intro to Regional Planning

UP 233 Political Economy of Urbanization

UP 238 Global Labor Markets

UP CM237C The Southern California Regional Economy (CM137)

UP 271B Labor and Economic Development

UP 278 Urban Labor Markets and Public Policy

UP 239 Special Topics in RID

UP 265A Urban Environment and Socioecologies

UP 269: Special Topics in EAP: Climate Change & Everyday Fragility

ID Stream Core UP 236B Globalization
ID Stream Electives                 (choose three) East Asian Studies 291: Water and the City Seminar

Sociology 236A: International Migration

UP 235B Civil Society, NGOs, and Social Movements in Developing Countries

UP 238 Global Labor Markets

UP 269 Special Topics in Environmental Analysis and Policy

UP 232 Disaster Management and Response

PP 270 Economic Principles and Economic Development in Indigenous Communities

CHS 200 Global Health Problems

PP 290 International Poverty and Economic Development

CHS 451 Post-Disaster Community Health

UP 239 Special Topics in RID