Welcome to the Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine


Students and faculty here are part of a distinctive, energetic community that has achieved international and national prominence by combining top research while fostering an intellectual culture that values discovery, teaching, and public service. UC Irvine faculty members are top contributors to leading journals, serve as editors on numerous periodicals, and regularly publish with the foremost presses, including Oxford, MIT Press, University of California Press, and Johns Hopkins University Press, among others.

Our faculty members are strongly committed to forging links between theory and practice, and research and public service. They regularly advise federal agency committees, including the National Research Council; national, state, and local government officials; international organizations; and private and non-profit, non-governmental organizations. We also offer graduate students the opportunity to study in small classes with exceptional access to faculty. Teaching is highly valued–many of our faculty members have won competitive awards for instruction and student mentoring. And, students have access to numerous internship and fellowship opportunities, as well as contact with visiting scholars through department-sponsored colloquia and seminars, and access to faculty and researchers in many other departments here at UC Irvine, one of the nation’s top research universities, whose work embraces topics important to the fields we embrace.

Our name underscores our unique vision: to provide an innovative blending of the fields of public policy, urban and regional planning, and environmental design that allows us to creatively explore problems at the intersection of the natural and built environments, including community health and well-being, transportation, environmental quality, natural resources, housing, economic development, and threats to community integrity and security, among many others. Our scholarship, teaching, and service ranges broadly, partly attested to by the various centers and institutes whose activities are supported by our faculty. These provide additional opportunities for student involvement in research and outreach. We invite you to explore our website and visit the department. If you choose to pursue one of our excellent programs, you will be joining a department which offers graduate education of the highest caliber.  

Scott A. Bollens
Interim Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy