Client Projects

The Client Project is applied planning research on a real-world problem conducted by MURP students in their 2nd year in order to satisfy the capstone requirement for the degree. Students present visual representations of their research at Careers, Capstones, and Conversation: A Networking Event (CCC) in the Spring. Each year at CCC three students are awarded for outstanding posters. The 2017 poster winners are below.

All capstone projects can be viewed in the CAPSTONE PROJECT DATABASE!

Community Collaborative & Comprehensive Projects

Community Collaborative & the Comprehensive Projects are similar, in many respects, to the client project, but larger in scope and scale. These projects simulate real world planning practice in that they incorporate students from various areas of concentration working together to research a problem from multiple planning angles.

The Community Collaborative, launched in 2020, grew out of the Community Scholars Program, which was created in 1991 as a joint initiative of UCLA’s Department of Urban Planning and the Center for Labor Research and Education in recognition of the important role that grassroots community and labor leaders, organizers, and artists play in shaping community development policy in Los Angeles. The Community Collaborative program continues to work in this spirit and provides an opportunity for these key grassroots players, regardless of their formal education background, to participate in this special applied research seminar along with graduate students. All work together on research and strategy-building on an issue of pressing concern to Los Angeles communities.

The 2017 Community Scholars and Comprehensive Project reports are below. All capstone projects can be viewed in the CAPSTONE PROJECT DATABASE!

Master’s Theses

The thesis focuses on posing and answering a research question in planning that has not previously been answered. Research is conducted by a MURP student in conjunction with a faculty committee. Students present visual representations of their research at Careers, Capstones, and Conversation: A Networking Event (CCC) in the Spring.  The 2017 theses posters are below. All capstone projects  can be viewed in the CAPSTONE PROJECT DATABASE!

Doctoral Dissertations

After successful completion of all requirements in planning theory and history, the major field, research methods, and outside coursework, students petition for appointment of  a doctoral committee.  The doctoral committee guides the student in preparing the dissertation, which is to be a monograph representing an original contribution to planning knowledge. The class of 2017 is listed below. To view all doctoral dissertations visit the UCLA Library.

Dr. Lisa Katarina Berglund
Professor Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris
Experts of Crisis: Exclusion from Professional Urban Planning Discourse and Community Resistance in the Redevelopment of Detroit

Dr. Emily Erickson
Professor Abel Valenzuela, Jr.
Citizens of Heaven: Fear, Faith, and Political Participation of Undocumented Americans

Dr. Stephen Craig Gibson
Professor Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris
“Can I Come To The Park?” Access to Urban Open Space: An investigation of older adults in Australia, their perceived and real access to open space, and implications for practice.

Dr. George Lee Mackey III
Professor Susanna B. Hecht
Mobilizing the Matrix of Tropical Agro-Innovation: Multi-Locational Agents and Inter-Regional Learning in South American Agro-Industrial Systems

Dr. Joseph Perman
Professor Leobardo Estrada
The Reconstruction of Post-Tsunami Banda Aceh, Indonesia: A spatial analysis of the rebuilding of structures, roads, and productive land

Dr. Imge Akcakaya Waite
Professor Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris
Planning, Power, Politics: Urban Redevelopment in Istanbul

Awards, Competitions & Independent Studies

Every year MURP and PhD students participate in/apply for various awards and competitions as well as create their own educational trips and independent studies. These extracurricular activities take learning beyond the classroom and allow students to share their work to with a larger community. These opportunities are invaluable to the learning process and professional development of our students. If you are interesting in supporting these educational opportunities click here for more details.