Transportation Brown Bag: Greg Pierce @ 5391 Public Affairs Building
Dec 1 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Transportation Brown Bag: Greg Pierce @ 5391 Public Affairs Building
Join UCLA Transportation Faculty, Students, Staff, and Alumni the first Monday of each month for a lunchtime transportation seminar…bring your lunch!Speakers will share their transportation research and project work taking place in the school and beyond.
Dec. 1:
Greg Pierce, UP Doctoral Student
“Transportation Access, Residential Location, and Economic Opportunity: Evidence from Two Housing Voucher Experiments”
Greg Pierce is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Urban Planning. Greg’s transportation-related research, conducted in conjunction with UCLA faculty, has focused on the travel behavior of urban, low-income households, the relationship between housing, transportation and employment, and on the potential for dynamic management of municipal parking assets. A recently-initiated research project examines the impact of  traffic congestion on neighborhood and city-level economic outcomes. Greg also received an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA in June 2011. 
Progressive Economic-Development Geographies in Practice: Islamic Charitable Infrastructure in East London – Jane Pollard @ 2343 Public Affairs Building
Dec 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Event Description

Many progressive models have been suggested in order to reproduce economic life after the 2008 financial crisis. The majority examine the Global North for ideas, exemplars, and inspiration. Jane Pollard has offered a new model to the table – one that explores the infrastructure, practices, and motivations for Islamic charitable giving in London. Join us at the talk as Prof. Pollard further explains her progressive model and how it allows for new connections to be formed between social and economic practices.

Speaker Biography

Jane Pollard is Professor of Economic Geography in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) and the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University, UK. She has degrees in Geography (BA, Sheffield University, UK; MA, McMaster University, Canada) and Urban Planning (UCLA, USA). Her recent research interests span postcolonial political economy, financializing capitalism and the economic, political and social constitution of financial networks. While in the USA, she will be researching sub-prime debt markets and questions around institutional diversity and credit provision and justice for low income groups.

Environmental Justice Activism & Transportation in Los Angeles – Angelo Logan & Martha Matsuoka @ 2250 Public Affairs Building
Dec 3 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Speaker Bios

Angelo Logan is the Policy Director for East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, the organization he co-founded in 2002. He serves on AQMD’s Environmental Justice Advisory Group, I-710 EIR/EIS Community Advisory Committees, Southern California Association of Governments Goods Movement Task Force, City of Commerce Environmental Justice Task Force, and is Co-Chair of the Los Angeles Port Working Group.

Martha Matsuoka is Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy at Occidental College.  Her research focuses on the role community-based organizations play in policy, planning, organizing, and advocacy related to ports and freight transportation. She is co-author with Manuel Pastor, Jr. and Chris Benner of “This Could Be The Start of Something Big: Regional Equity Organizing And The Future Of Metropolitan America” published by Cornell University. She chairs the Board of  the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, serves on the Board of  Human Impact Partners (HIP) and is a member of the Switzer Foundation Fellowship Network. Martha received her Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA, a Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley, and an A.B. from Occidental College.

Lyft in a New Era of Technology-Enabled Mobility: Implications for Policy and Planning – Emily Castor @ 2232 Public Affairs Building
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm


Over the last two and a half years, Lyft and other Transportation Network Companies have arrived in cities around the country, offering everyday people the opportunity to access transportation and earn income by sharing rides with others in their communities. These services have achieved mass adoption extremely quickly, heralding a new era of consumer transportation behavior based on smartphones and “access over ownership.” Now, as these platforms begin to mature, they are approaching the density necessary to achieve real-time dynamic carpooling, with major implications for congestion reduction and environmental benefit. As a key member of the Lyft team from Day 1, Emily Castor will provide insight into the development of this new industry, how it will impact consumer behavior, and the implications for transportation planners as these platforms and other innovative transportation services continue to evolve.

Speaker Bio

A member of the Lyft team since launch, Emily built Lyft’s community of drivers and passengers from the ground up. As Director of Community Relations, she currently manages community outreach, accessibility, and sustainable mobility initiatives and is a frequent speaker on peer-to-peer transportation. She serves as the Chair of the Sharing Economy Advisory Network for the National League of Cities.

Before working in tech, Emily was a transportation policy aide on Capitol Hill, a campaign staffer, and a municipal financial advisor. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and an M.P.A. in Public Finance from the University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government. Emily believes in the power of the sharing economy to make cities more sustainable and bring communities closer together.

Tea Party, Property Rights, & Other Activists: Pushing Back Against Sustainable Communities Planning & Agenda 21 – Karen Trapenberg Frick @ 2250 Public Affairs Building
Dec 8 @ 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Event Description

The Tea Party exploded on the U.S. scene after President Obama’s 2008 election, and its role in national politics has been well researched. Less studied is the fierce opposition Tea Party and property rights advocates have directed at local and regional sustainability planning efforts. Some perceive that this planning reacts to the United Nation’s 1992 document called “Agenda 21: the Rio Declaration on Development and Environment”. The Tea Party and property rights advocates suggest that the U.N. seeks to restrict individual property rights on how citizens may develop land and live.

Dr. Frick will present research findings from her comparative case analysis of regional planning efforts in the San Francisco Bay Area and Atlanta, examining participants’ motivations, their use of the web and social media to communicate, organize, market their cause and refine their strategies, as well as planners’ responses and impacts on practice.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Frick is the co-director of UCTC and assistant director of UCConnect. She is also an assistant adjunct professor of City & Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. Due to her previous experience as a transportation planner for the MTC, she is a prominent expert in major infrastructure transportation projects, as well as strategies, sustainable transport and community based policies.