Dr. Lara-Valencia's recent research investigated urbanization, economic integration, institutional change and socio-environmental vulnerability in the context of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. He is currently exploring the utilization of green infrastructure approaches to mitigate and adapt to climate change in border cities. He is also interested in understanding the drivers of cooperation and sustainable urban governance in border settings. His policy research focuses on issues of equity and efficiency of policy making and planning along the US-Mexico border. Dr. Lara-Valencia is an Assistant Professor of the School of Transborder Studies and Southwest Borderland Scholar at ASU. He has lectured in Mexico and the United States where he has taught courses on urban land use planning, urban economics, environmental planning, and research methods for planners.
Ph.D., Urban Planning, University of Michigan, 2002
M.A., Regional Development, El Colegio de la Fontera Norte, Mexico, 1988
B.S., Economics, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexico, 1985