Cities and Covid-19: New Directions for Urban Research and Public Policies
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted new manifestations of old urban problems becoming more relevant in public discussion. These new faces open new possibilities for novel research and force us to question the relevance of conventional urban policies and its means of implementation. In this context, I co-organized a call for discussion notes and a seminar that took place on April 29-30 through virtual platforms. In total, we received 78 discussion notes and organized 8 panels for a total of 24 presentations.
- Watch the seminar's sessions on YouTube.
The Political Economy of Accessibility: Housing, Jobs, and Public Transport Policy in Mexico City
My doctoral dissertation is an inquiry into the political economy of the role of the state in urban infrastructure provision and the socioeconomic implications of such a role. The goal of my academic work is threefold. First, contributing to de-normalize the current role of the state in the provision of public transit in Latin American cities. Second, generating new knowledge on the socio-economic consequences of the shifting role of the state in the provision of public transport. Third, contributing to developing policy alternatives towards more equitable and just public transit infrastructures.
Research trip to China as a student fellow of the India-China Institute
Over the summer of 2018 I spent a month doing field research Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong. The purpose of the trip was to find out how is it that what I usually research in México City -namely, who has access to economic opportunities and prosperity within the city, who does not, and why- plays out in Chinese cities, which have a completely different institutional setting, a different kind of economy, and a very different role of the state over social life. As an outcome of the trip, I wrote two articles published in the India-China Institute blog:
Tendencias Actuales en la Producción del Espacio Urbano y sus Implicaciones
<< Current Trends in the Production of Urban Space >>
My colleague Dr. Gian Carlo Delgado Ramos and I organize an annual seminar in the Sciences and Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Center (CEIICH) at the Mexican National Autonomous University (UNAM), in Mexico City. The seminar aims at discussing the latest research on the production of urban space. Participants are able to publish the papers produced in the seminar in an indexed academic blog provided by the academic platform Hypotheses.org. The academic blog of the seminar can be accessed through this link: https://tpeurbano.hypotheses.org/
Research trip to La Paz, Bolivia, to investigate resilience policy
In September of 2017 I was comissioned by the Observatory on Latin America (OLA) and the Latin American Development Bank (CAF) to conduct a study about resilience policy in La Paz, Bolivia. As an outcome, I wrote a report claiming that La Paz was successful in conducting institutional reforms to bing together legal, organizational and financial capacity into their resilience policy. The report was published in 2019 in the book "Enfrentar el Riesgo: Nuevas Prácticas de Resiliencia Urbana en Lationamérica" [Facing Risk: New Resilience Practices in Latin America]. The book can be accessed through this link.
The Habitat Commitment Index (HCI)
During the last 3 years I have been part of the research team developing the HCI at The New School. The HCI measures performance at achieving the urban goals stablished by the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the Sustainable Develpoment Goals (DSG). Our methodology assesses urban performance on a set of indicators that takes per capita income levels into account to gauge progress over time. The results of the HCI at the country level were presented in Quito, Ecuador, during the Habitat III conference, and the results of the HCI at the city level in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during the 9th World Urban Forum.
Seminario Internacional Movilidades Contemporáneas
<< International Seminar on Contemporary Mobilities>>
In September 24 and 25 of 2018, I participated in the organization of an international seminar that took place simultaneously in the University of Guadalajara (in Guadalajara, México), the National Colombian University (in Bogotá, Colombia), and the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (in Belo Horizonte, Brasil). Connected by a virtual interface, my colleagues and I organized 4 panels to discuss new approaches to the study of 'accessibility' to transit systems in Latin American cities. In total, we had 13 speakers who participated connecting from Guadalajara, Bogotá, Belo Horizonte, Buenos Aires, London, Sao Paulo, Montevideo, and Santiago. The panels can be accessed through this link.
Seminario de Investigación del Laboratorio de Innovación Democrática (LID)
<< Lab for Innovation in Democracy annual seminar >>
Based in Guadalajara, México, the Lab for Innovation on Democracy (LID) is a network of scholars and practitioners concerned with improving the interaction between governments and the public. For the third year in a row, we have successfully organized a research seminar where any person can access an academic environment to present their ongoing work and recieve valuable feedback from the audience. In addition to the LID, the seminar is co-organized by the University of Guadalajara, the ITESO university, and the Jailsco Local Elections Board.