Ayse Pamuk

Ayse Pamuk

USP Advisor
Phone: (415) 338-7045
Email: pamuk@sfsu.edu
Location: HSS 136

Please note that Dr. Pamuk is currently on summer break and will be unavailable until the fall semester begins. For any inquiries, please wait until the end of August to contact them. Thank you for your understanding.

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Ayse Pamuk is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning. She is Founder and Advisor of the PACE Applied Housing Research Initiative (AHRI) at San Francisco State University. She has served as Director of AHRI between 2017 and 2023. She joined SFSU faculty in 2000 and served as Chair of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 2008-2011. She holds Ph.D. and MCP degrees in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Pamuk works on the intersection of housing and the built environment that shape human experiences for different demographic groups. She brings a deep nuanced global perspective to educating future housing scholars and leaders and has developed methods of data analysis in planning, including GIS protocols. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant ($430K) to integrate GIS into social science research methods curricula and the author of Mapping Global Cities: GIS Methods in Urban Analysis, (Redlands, Calif.: ESRI Press). She has served as Principal Investigator (PI) for a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative funded interdisciplinary research project ($99,692) in 2021-2022. In addition, Professor Pamuk has attracted more than $240K from the affordable housing industry in scholarships (2009-2022) to support her graduate and undergraduate students at SF State and $150K seed funding (2017-2022) to establish the Applied Housing Research Initiative (AHRI) at SFSU where she led the expansion of faculty research on housing making AHRI a central hub where students, policy makers, practitioners, and other housing leaders can come together to examine and understand housing in the Bay Area and beyond. 


Professor Pamuk has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for urban planning students at the University of Virginia and has lectured worldwide. At SF State, she teaches Housing Policy and Planning (graduate and undergraduate), Data Analysis, Dynamics of the American City, and the Urban Studies and Planning capstone course – Senior Seminar. Dr. Pamuk is a regular faculty contributor in SFSU’s International Customized Training Program under the College of Professional & Global Education and has delivered lectures on GIS applications and introduction to urban planning in the US to visiting professionals and students from China and South Korea.


Dr. Pamuk’s 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. 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. 


Pamuk, Ayse and Temur Umarov (2022) “Conceptualizing the Landscape for Emergency Housing Policies and Programs during the COVID-19 Pandemic in California” PACE Applied Housing Research Initiative Working Paper, San Francisco: San Francisco State University, WP-2022-1

Pamuk, Ayse and Jeremy Hill (2019) “Inclusionary Housing in San Francisco: Mapping Racial Integration, Neighborhood Change and Affordability” PACE Applied Housing Research Initiative Working Paper, San Francisco: San Francisco State University, WP-2019-1

Pamuk, Ayse (2009) “Immigration and urban development” In Gary Hack, Eugenie Birch, Paul Sedway, and Mitchell Silver (eds.) Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice Fourth edition, Washington, DC: International City Management Association (ICMA), pp.154-59.

Pamuk, Ayse (2006), Mapping Global Cities: GIS Methods in Urban Analysis. Redlands, Calif.: Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Press.

Pamuk, Ayse (2004), “Geography of Immigrant Clusters in Global Cities: A Case Study of San Francisco, 2000” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 28(2): 287-307.

Pamuk, Ayse (2000), “Informal Institutional Arrangements in Credit, Land Markets, and Infrastructure Delivery in Trinidad” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 24(2):379-396.

Pamuk, Ayse and Paulo Fernando A. Cavallieri (1998), “Alleviating Urban Poverty in a Global City: New Trends in Upgrading Rio-de-Janeiro’s Favelas.” Habitat International, 22(4):449-462 [Erratum 23(3) pp.427-429, 1999].

Pamuk, Ayse (1996), “Convergence Trends in Formal and Informal Housing Markets: The Case of Turkey” Journal of Planning Education and Research 16(2): 103-13.


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