Justin DeWaele is a Master of Public Administration candidate and Dean’s Merit Scholar with a focus in International Policy and Planning at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. In addition to his academic studies, Justin works as a Research Associate at the USC Center for Economic Development, where he researches and analyzes policies and proposals to strengthen local economies and industries in Southern California. He also serves as the Alumni and Professional Development Chair for the Graduate Policy & Administration Community (GPAC), where he builds relationships with the Price Alumni Community.
Justin’s research interests include urban and regional economic development, urban policy & planning, city diplomacy and other forms of para-diplomacy, government reform and innovation, and technology and innovation policy. Previously, Justin was a Randall Lewis Data Science Fellow, where he researched and developed micro-mobility policy for the L.A. County Department of Public Works. Before coming to USC, Justin was a Field Representative in the California State Assembly, and a Housing Program Specialist at the National League of Cities. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies & Planning and History from the University of California, San Diego.
At CPD, Justin works as a Research Intern for Dr. Jennifer Hubbert's Research Fellowship project: "Rescaling Public Diplomacy: City-to-City Engagements and the Shifting Landscapes of International Relations."