Ayse Pamuk

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Ayse Pamuk is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Founding Director of the PACE Applied Housing Research Initiative at San Francisco State University. She joined SFSU faculty in 2000 and served as Chair of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 2008-2011. She holds PhD and MCP degrees in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley. Trained as a city and regional planner in California, 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 the future affordable housing workforce of the San Francisco Bay Area 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). Professor Pamuk has attracted more than $150K from the affordable housing industry in scholarships to support her graduate and undergraduate students at SF State and seed funding to establish a Center for Applied Housing Research at SFSU – a new initiative where we seek to expand faculty research on housing to make PACE 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. Please visit Dr. Pamuk’s full website at http://faculty.sfsu.edu/~pamuk/ for links and further information.

Teaching Interest

Professor Pamuk has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for urban planning students at the University of Virginia and has lectured worldwide. At SFSU, 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 Extended Learning 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.

Research Interest

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 (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.