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I received a degree in Architecture in 2001 (Chile), a MSc in Architecture in 2006 (P. Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile), and a PhD in Urban Studies in 2017 from the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London (UCL, UK)

Research Statement

Between 2005 and 2010 I developed research on urban informality, social housing and local development. However, since 2012 my research interests have been centred on the explorations of contemporary patterns of urban growth and change, urban sprawl and (post)suburbanisation, particularly focused on the implications of 'Interstitial Spaces' and their role in restructuring city-regions. I have been presenting and publishing my activities in Latin America, the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and disseminating my findings through academic journals and public reports. One of the papers that describes the outcomes of my PhD research and recent work was awarded the Urban Studies Best Article 2018: “Mind the gaps! A research agenda for urban interstices”, authored with Prof Nicholas Phelps.

Research Interests

I am interested in spatial planning and politics with international focus, more specifically in the following subjects:

  1. Urban Sprawl, peri-urbanisation, (post)suburban growth and/or decline,
  2. Emerging models of suburban regeneration and retrofit,
  3. Suburban infrastructure and transformations of fringe/belt areas of city-regions,
  4. Interstitial spaces, vacant lands, white spaces, boundary spaces and (post)suburban politics and planning.


I have been previously teaching and researching in Chile, the UK and New Zealand, with focus on planning policy, urban design theory, and contemporary planning and design practice. I am currently teaching in the areas of Independent Research and Spatial Planning focused on the institutional and policy context of planning practice in the UK.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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