MPP program presents APPAM Conference

The Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy's Master of Public Policy program recently hosted the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) California Regional Student Conference at UCI. The two-day event, held April 12 and 13, 2019, included discussions on early childhood education; immigration, crime and discrimination; climate change and environmental protection; health insurance; social safety net programs; diversity in education; impacts on the labor market; and urban development.

The conference keynote discussion, moderated by Seth Pipkin, associate professor of urban planning and public policy, featured interdisciplinary approaches to syringe exchanges in California.

Eduardo Carvalho Nepomuceno Alencar, a doctoral student in social ecology and a master of public policy alumnus, presented his study analyzing corruption and trust in public institution. His talk was part of a panel discussion on economic models and growth. Other panel talks focused on healthcare access and cost, national security and foreign policy, immigration policy, politics and the policy process and influences on academic outcomes.

Qi Bing, a master of urban and regional planning student, presented her research on “Financing the lead service line replacements throughout the city of Buffalo” as part of a panel on urban development. Kaitlyn Alvarez Noli, doctoral student in urban planning and public policy, talked with attendees about her work on “Producing environmental injustice: Legitimation struggles facing pesticide-intensive agriculture in Ventura County” at the event’s welcome reception.

Students and faculty members from other UCI departments and Southern California universities also attended and served as presenters and panelists at the event.

For more information about APPAM, visit the conference website.