Ayse Pamuk

Professor of Urban Studies and Planning
Director, Applied Housing Research Initiative
School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement
San Francisco State University

Ph.D. M.C.P. University of California, Berkeley
(City & Regional Planning)


Ayse Pamuk is tenured full Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at San Francisco State University. She joined San Francisco State faculty in 2000 and served as Chair of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 2008-2011. She is Founding Director of the PACE Applied Housing Research Initiative.

Her internationally recognized scholarship addresses urban development in a comparative perspective, with an emphasis on housing. Her expertise is in housing and urban policy, international planning, and research methods, including GIS. She is the author of Mapping Global Cities: GIS Methods in Urban Analysis (ESRI Press, 2006). She has advised national and local governments in Turkey, Trinidad and Tobago, and Brazil on low income housing policy. She has been a consultant to the World Bank. She holds PhD and MCP degrees in city and regional planning from the University of California at Berkeley.

Professor Pamuk is the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Science Foundation grant to integrate GIS into social science research methods curricula. Her research-based articles have been published in leading urban studies and urban planning journals including International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Studies, Habitat International, and Journal of Planning Education and Research.

She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for urban planning students at the University of Virginia and has lectured worldwide. She has held Visiting Scholar positions at the University of California at Berkeley, Uppsala University in Sweden, Izmir Institute of Technology in Turkey, and the Johns Hopkins University. At San Francisco State, she teaches Housing Policy and Planning (graduate and undergraduate), Affordable Housing Development in California, Data Analysis, Dynamics of the American City, and the Urban Studies and Planning Senior Seminar.




Chapters in edited books

  • "Immigration and urban development" In Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice edited by Gary Hack, Eugenie Birch, Paul Sedway, and Mitchell Silver. Washington, DC: International City Management Association (ICMA) "Green book" fourth edition. (2009)
  • "Favela-Bairro: New Trends in Upgrading Rio de Janeiro's Favelas" (with Fernando Cavallieri) In FavelaMetropolis edited by Elisabeth Blum and Peter Neitzke. Bauwelt Fundamente 130. Basel, Switzerland: Birkhauser, 2004, pp. 16- 42 (translated to German)
  • "Tools for a Land and Housing Market Diagnosis" In The Challenge of Urban Government: Policies and Practices edited by Maria Emilia Friere and Richard Stren. Toronto and Washington, DC: Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto and the World Bank Institute, 2001, pp.253-267 (World Bank Institute module) (translated to Spanish & Portuguese)
  • "The Role of the Institutional Environment in Nonprofit Housing Sector's Performance: The Case of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Region" In the FMF/ACSP-AESOP Housing Track Conference Proceedings, pp.189-208, Washington, D.C.: Fannie Mae Housing Foundation, 1997.
  • "The Role of Nonprofit Housing Builders in the San Francisco Bay Area in Serving Low-Income Households with Special Needs" In Housing Question of the "Others" edited by Emine Komut. Ankara: Chamber of Architects of Turkey, 1996 (translated to Turkish)

Journal articles

Other Working Papers

  • “Residential segregation and immigrant clustering patterns in Europe: Spatial evidence from Paris, Amsterdam, and Stockholm” (with Roger Andersson and Asa Brama) Institute for Housing and Urban Research, WP-54, Uppsala University, Sweden. 2007.

  • "Local government response to severe reductions in federal funding for low income housing" (with Karen Christensen and Michael Smith-Heimer) Institute of Urban and Regional Development Working Paper No. 490. Berkeley: University of California. 1988.

Applied Research Reports

Creative work

Contact information (mailing address)

Urban Studies and Planning Program
School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement
HSS 261, San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue                                               
San Francisco, California 94132-4155 USA
Tel: 415/338-7045; Fax: 415/338-2391
Email: pamuk@sfsu.edu


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