Graduate Division

Planning, Policy, and Design Ph.D.

Section 1

Overview

Today's complex environmental, social and urban issues can best be understood by researchers who can work across disciplinary boundaries, and who understand the relationship of research to action. The Planning, Policy, and Design (PPD) doctoral program at UCI trains scholars in the analysis of social problems related to the built, natural, and institutional environments. The PPD Ph.D. is based on the Department's internationally prominent research and teaching strengths in environmental policy, urban and community development and design.  Specializations are offered in Policy and in Urban and Regional Planning.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Interdisciplinary scholarship (faculty with degrees in Architecture, Business, Economics, Law, Planning, Policy, Political Science, Sociology)
  • Faculty who recognize the benefits of and provide support for both qualitative and quantitative research
  • Concern with high quality research and with making the world a better place
  • Faculty support for students
  • Excellent morale and sense of community among students
  • Good financial support, equitably distributed

Quick Facts

Program Type

Doctoral Program

Normative Time to Degree

6 years

Capstone Type

Dissertation

Accordion Section

Financial Support

Tuition & Fees

Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19

  Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $5,795.88 $5,794.88 $5,794.87 $17,385.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $10,829.88 $10,828.88 $10,828.87 $32,487.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/graduate.html

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Maura Allaire
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
mallaire@uci.edu
218F Social Ecology I
Specializations:
Water and environmental economics; urban water systems; flood risk management; adaptation to extreme events


Victoria Basolo
Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Associate Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, AICP
basolo@uci.edu
206D SEI
Specializations:
housing policy, urbanization, urban politics, regionalism, and environmental hazards


Scott A. Bollens
Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Warmington Chair in the Social Ecology of Peace and International Cooperation
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, AICP
(949) 824-7696
bollens@uci.edu
226B SEI
Specializations:
politically divided cities, ethnic/group disparities and urban planning, urban and intergovernmental growth policy


Martha S. Feldman
Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Management; Sociology; Political Science; Nursing Science; Johnson Chair for Civic Governance and Public Management; Director, Ph.D. Program
PhD, Stanford University
(949) 824-4252
feldmanm@uci.edu
Social Ecology I, 226G
Specializations:
Organization theory and behavior, stability and change in organizations, decision making and information processing, public management, qualitative research methods


David L. Feldman
Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Political Science
Ph.D. University of Missouri
(949) 824-9146
feldmand@uci.edu
226F Social Ecology I
Specializations:
water resources management and policy, global climate change policy, ethics and environmental decisions, adaptive management and sustainable development


Ajay Garde
Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy, Director, Urban Studies
Ph.D. University of Southern California
(949) 824-9087
agarde@uci.edu
212D Social Ecology I
Specializations:
Urban Design, Sustainable Design and Development, Urban Built Form, Spatial and Social Inequality, Affordable Housing, Public Participation and Urban Design, Land Use Regulations, Non-behavioral Issues in Urban Design


Douglas Houston
Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
houston@uci.edu
212E Social Ecology 1
Specializations:
transportation, air pollution, urban inequality, environmental equity, spatial analysis


Jae Hong Kim
Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Director, Master of Urban and Regional Planning
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(949) 824-0449
jaehk6@uci.edu
206E SEI
Specializations:
regional economic development, land use, economic–physical development nexus, location choice, urban system modeling


Nicholas J. Marantz
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; School of Law
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology; J.D. Harvard Law School
nmarantz@uci.edu
Specializations:
Land-use law, public-private programs, community development, local government, political participation


Richard Matthew
Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Political Science; Director, Center for Unconventional SecurityAffairs and Blum Center for Global Engagement; Associate Dean of International Programs
Ph.D. Princeton University
(949) 824-9670
rmatthew@uci.edu
212C SEI
Specializations:
Environment, conflict and peacebuilding; transnational threat networks; international ethics


Sanjoy Mazumdar
Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy, Asian American Studies; Religious Studies
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(949) 824-5046
mazumdar@uci.edu
218H SEI
Specializations:
environmental design and planning; sacred and spiritual spaces; culture, design, and sustainability; organizational analysis, management and planning; and social and behavioral aspects of architecture


Walter Nicholls
Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Sociology; Vice Chair
PhD Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles
(949) 824-6323
wnicholl@uci.edu
218C Social Ecology 1
Specializations:
urban sociology, politics and policy; social movements; immigration; comparative urbanism; theory; planning conflicts


Virginia Parks
Department Chair and Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph.D University of California, Los Angeles.
(949) 824-4384
vparks@uci.edu
300G Social Ecology I
Specializations:
Urban Inequality, Urban Labor Markets, Labor, Community Organizing and Development, Racial Inequality, Immigration


Seth Pipkin
Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(949) 824-7695
spipkin@uci.edu
218E Social Ecology 1
Specializations:
economic development, Latin America, U.S.-Mexico border, political economy, economic sociology, group learning, labor


Maria G. Rendon
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Sociology
Ph.D. Harvard University
(949) 824-5880
mgrendon@uci.edu
212B Social Ecology 1
Specializations:
urban inequality, immigration, race/ethnicity, youth violence, sociology of education and social policy


Daniel Stokols
Recall-Faculty and Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Social Behavior; Urban Planning and Public Policy; Program in Public Health
Ph.D. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
(949) 824-5294
dstokols@uci.edu
4101 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
Environmental Psychology, Science of Team Science, Transdisciplinary Public Health


Rodolfo D. Torres
Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Political Science; Culture and Theory
Ph.D. Claremont Graduate School
(949) 824-7680
rodolfo@uci.edu
218D Building Social Ecology 1
Specializations:
Radical urbanism, Mexican American politics and labor, economic democracy, and Marxist inspired political economy


Nicola Ulibarri
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph.D. Environment and Resources, Stanford University
(949) 824-6484
ulibarri@uci.edu
SE1 206B
Specializations:
environmental planning & policy, water resources management, collaborative governance


Karna Wong
Assistant Professor of Teaching
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
(949) 824- 9337
karna.wong@uci.edu
203 Social Ecology I
Specializations:
Affordable housing, community development, government policy, nonprofit management, and social and environmental justice.

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Students & Alumni

Alumni Profile: Anne Taufen

Student Profile: Sifat Reazi

For more information about our Social Ecology graduates and their current placements, please view our PhD alumni table.