gregory pierce

Gregory Pierce, Ph.D.

Faculty, Department of Urban Planning; Co-Director, Luskin Center for Innovation, Water and Transportation Initiatives; Director, Water Resources Group

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Greg Pierce is the Co-Director of the Luskin Center for Innovation (LCI) and serves as a Senior Researcher, leading LCI’s Water, Environmental Equity and Transportation programs. He is also an an IoES Affiliate Faculty and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning. Greg received a PhD in Urban Planning in 2015 and an MA in Urban Planning in 2011, both from UCLA. 

Dr. Pierce’s research on basic resource/service provision and access for disadvantaged or marginalized populations takes place at three connected scales, with sectoral foci on water and transport. At the sub-national or state scale, Dr. Pierce employs formal policy design techniques to evaluate and inform service provision strategies formulated by national sub-national agencies. At the metropolitan scale, political economy analysis is employed to assess programs and plans which allocate services to specific neighborhoods and households. Finally, in response to sub-national and metropolitan scale failures, Dr. Pierce’s research utilizes rational choice and behavior models to analyze low-income urban and households strategies to secure access to and utilize these basic services and programs. 

Current and past sponsors of this work include the California State Water Resources Control Board, the California Air Resources Board, the Strategic Growth Council, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department, WaterAid, the Water Foundation, The Resources Legacy Fund, Environment Now, the DiCaprio Foundation, the World Bank, the UC Multicampus Research Initiative, the UC Institute of Transportation Studies and the UCLA Grand Challenge.

Greg is the author of 30+ peer-reviewed articles, including in the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, the Journal of Planning Literature, Environmental Justice, Journal of Environmental Planning, Science of the Total Environment, Water Resources Research, Development Policy Review, the Journal of International Development, Housing Policy Debate, Land Use Policy, Transport Policy and Water Policy. 


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The Wildfire-Stormwater Nexus

On April 10, 2023, the UCLA Water Resources Group hosted a virtual webinar on the Wildfire-Stormwater Nexus. This webinar, facilitated by Co-Director Greg Pierce, aimed to bring greater attention and…

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Heat Resilient L.A.

Heat Resilient L.A. will over the next two years determine where and when people moving around the city are most vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat — a problem being caused by climate change — and assess which communities most need cooling interventions.