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Luisa Sotomayor

Assistant Lecturer
Environmental Studies
York University
United States of America


My research and teaching focus on urban inequalities, governance, urban politics and planning. More specifically, I am interested in how regimes of socio-spatial inequality consolidate in contemporary cities, and the potential of grass-roots activism, land-use planning tools, and urban policy experimentation to address the urban divide. I have a special interest in planning and development in Latin American cities. In my PhD dissertation research, I examined the opportunities and limitations of a comprehensive planning policy, called social urbanism, to reduce socio-spatial segregation in Medellin, Colombia.

Research Interest

"Equity planning and community development Global urbanization Urban politics and regional governance Urban policymaking in Latin America Mid-sized cities"


  • Sotomayor, L. (Forthcoming, 2016) Dealing with “Dangerous” Spaces: The Construction of Urban Policy in Medellin, Colombia, Latin American Perspectives (accepted in final form).

  • Sotomayor, L. (2015) Equitable Planning through Territories of Exception: The Contours of Medellin’s Urban Development Projects, International Development Planning Review 37(5), pp. 373-397.

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