Paavo Monkkonen is Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, where he is also the Director of the Latin American Cities Initiative (ciudades.luskin.ucla.edu). Professor Monkkonen researches, writes and teaches about the ways housing policies and markets shape urban development and social segregation in cities around the world. His scholarship ranges in scale from national housing finance programs to local land use regulations, and includes comparative work on countries in the Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States) and Asia (China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia).
He continues to work as a consultant on national housing and urban policy in Mexico, where he has longstanding research projects, and is active in local housing politics in California. He is on the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) subcommittee. Professor Monkkonen completed a Master of Public Policy at the School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005, and a PhD in City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley in 2009. He was Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Hong Kong from 2009 to 2012.