Martha Matsuoka
Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy; Executive Director, Urban & Environmental Policy Institute
A.B., Occidental College; M.C.P., UC Berkeley Ph.D., UCLA
Appointed In
UEPI 201
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Martha Matsuoka ’83 focuses her teaching and research on community-based organizing and social movements for environmental justice, particularly in planning and policy. 

Since 2015, she has served as the Executive Director of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, the applied community-based research and program in the department of Urban & Environmental Policy.
Her work in the community-based research draws on work with a wide range of NGOs including East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, the Urban Habitat Program, the Liberty Hill Foundation, the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, and the International Women's Network Against Militarism. She currently serves on the Board of Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, a multi-racial, multi-faith organization working for the dignity and full inclusion of immigrants and people impacted by incarceration.

New book available January 9, 2024!
Ground Truths: Community-Engaged Research for Environmental Justice
C Raphael, M Matsuoka
Univ of California Press; e-book

Aligning Community-Engaged Research Methods with Diverse Community Organizing Approaches
C Raphael, M Matsuoka
Social Sciences 12 (6), 343; open access

Building community knowledge, resilience and resistance through research
M Matsuoka, J Urquiza
GeoJournal 87 (Suppl 2), 249-266

Power, Place, and Public Health: A Briefing Paper on Community Health and Inclusive Development in California
M Matsuoka, J Lucky with A Desautels, C Martinez, and T Leagnaver
June 2017

CV here.