USC Price School of Public Policy

Lois Takahashi, Ph.D.

Lois Takahashi

Professor, Urban Planning and Asian American Studies
School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles
Director, University of California Asian American and Pacific Islander Policy Multicampus Research Program

Educational Background:
A.B. in Architectural Structures, University of California, Berkeley
M.S. in Public Management and Policy/Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University
Ph.D. Urban Planning, University of Southern California

About Dr. Takahashi:
Professor Takahashi’s research focuses on social service delivery, HIV prevention, and homelessness in the U.S., and on environmental governance issues in Southeast Asian cities. She is currently investigating the dynamics of social capital, especially related to health in impoverished and marginalized communities. Ongoing projects include a grant from UC California HIV Research Program (with Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team, APAIT) to study HIV/viral hepatitis co-infection among Asians living in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Her work on social service delivery has explored access to medical and human services for homeless populations and persons living with HIV/AIDS, collaboration among community-based social service providers, and community opposition to controversial human service facilities (the NIMBY – Not In My Back Yard – syndrome). Her environmental governance research (with her collaborators Amrita Daniere and Jeffrey Carpenter) has investigated the role of low-income residents and non-governmental organizations in environmental management and policy making in Bangkok, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Dr. Takahashi is a member of the Inter-University Consortium on Homelessness and Poverty, and the Geographers Network on Politics in America – groups working to educate policymakers and service providers about poverty, homelessness, and broader social issues. She also served as a voting member of the Ryan White CARE Act Local Planning Group for Orange County (the HIV Planning Advisory Council) from 1998-1999, was a voting member of Orange County’s HIV Prevention Planning Committee (1995-2000), and is a founding member of the Orange County Asian Pacific Islander HIV Task Force.