Tenure-track Faculty Position in Planning and the Environment

Los Angeles, California, United States

Job Description

UCLA’s Department of Urban Planning invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in Planning and the Environment. As we confront the immediate and long-range challenges of large-scale environmental change, particularly the impacts of climate change, the ability to understand and integrate complex knowledge systems and approach planning for uncertain futures becomes increasingly critical. We welcome a broad range of research interests around the central concerns of planning for the environment. Specific research topics might include structures of environmental governance, rethinking the politics of environmental services, planning for climate change mitigation and adaptation, resilience, urban ecologies and urban sustainability, ecological economics, environmental economics, environmental modeling, critical environmental assessments, energy transitions, political ecology, and planning topics related to science and technology studies.

The Department of Urban Planning, in the Luskin School of Public Affairs, currently hosts 16 tenured/tenure-track planning faculty, seven affiliated tenured/tenure-track faculty, four visiting practice faculty, five active professors emeriti, 38 Ph.D. students, 148 master’s students, and 60 undergraduate minors across its large, diverse, and highly selective Ph.D., master’s, and undergraduate programs. We have a tradition of intellectual leadership in urban and regional studies and design, and our faculty, students, and alumni have long been known for their passionate commitment to social justice and progressive planning ideals.

Los Angeles is a global city renowned for its dynamism, robust economy, rich cultural diversity, and spectacular climate. The Department of Urban Planning has the unique advantage of being situated in an interdisciplinary school of public affairs along with highly ranked departments of Social Welfare and Public Policy. All faculty in the Luskin School of Public Affairs (including the departments of Social Welfare, Urban Planning, and Public Policy) have opportunities to participate in current initiatives in global affairs, digital technologies, the environment, democracy and inequality, and social justice, equity, and opportunity.

Languages needed: English.

Apply by November 13, 2017

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About the company

UCLA advances knowledge, addresses pressing societal needs and creates a university enriched by diverse perspectives where all individuals can flourish.

The successful candidate will

  • We expect the new colleague to take the lead in advancing collaborative and interdisciplinary research on the natural and built environments of cities and regions at UCLA, including with colleagues at the Fielding School of Public Health, the Institute of Environment and Sustainability, the Anderson School of Management, Environmental Engineering, Geography, Anthropology, and the Law School.

Required education and skills

  • Our focus is on scholars with core expertise in U.S. domestic environmental analytics, but we welcome those with global and related perspectives.
  • We also welcome scholars from a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, and from multidisciplinary backgrounds, including but not limited to planning, public policy, environmental science, ecology, geography, science and technology studies, environmental ethnography, and political science.
  • While we expect to appoint at the rank of Assistant Professor, applicants and appointments at all levels will be considered. The successful candidate is expected to hold a Ph.D. in urban planning or a related discipline.


  • UCLA offers competitive salary and attractive benefits packages, including a housing assistance program for new faculty members. The University of California seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. The Department of Urban Planning in particular is committed to diversity and excellence in our faculty, students, and scholarship, and we especially encourage candidates who share and can contribute to this commitment. A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion should also be included in the application materials.

How to apply

To apply, please go to this link: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03220.

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