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José Lobo

José Lobo
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Associate Research Professor, School of Sustainability
Faculty Associate, Department of Economics, W.P. Carey School of Business

School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University
PO Box 872402
Tempe, AZ 85287

José Lobo is interested in determinants of metropolitan economic performance and location-specific economic growth; the application of machine learning, data mining and spatial statistics methods to the study of socioeconomic data; causes and consequences of urban size and scale; and how the characteristics of individuals, organizations, institutions and social networks interact to create "regions of innovation." Lobo has acted as visiting researcher at the Santa Fe Institute and Italy's Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia. Currently, he is on the faculty steering committee for Arizona State University's Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity.

PhD, Regional Science, Cornell University, 1996

MS, Regional Science, Cornell University, 1992

BS, Physics, Cornell University, 1984

Journal Articles


Shutters, S. T., R. Muneepeerakul and J. Lobo. 2016. Constrained pathways to a creative urban economy. Urban Studies 53(16):3439-3454. DOI: 10.1177/0042098015616892. (link )

Shutters, S. T., R. Muneepeerakul and J. Lobo. 2016. How hard is it for urban economies to become "green"?. Environment and Planning B Planning and Design 43(1):198-209. DOI: 10.1177/0265813515600108. (link )


Shutters, S. T., R. Muneepeerakul and J. Lobo. 2015. Quantifying urban economic resilience through labour force interdependence. Palgrave Communications 1:Article 15010. DOI: 10.1057/palcomms.2015.10. (link )


Muneepeerakul, R., J. Lobo, S. T. Shutters, A. Goméz-Liévano and M. R. Qubbaj. 2013. Urban economies and occupation space: Can they get "there" from "here"?. PLOS One 8(9):e73676. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0073676. (link )


Betancourt, L. M., J. Lobo, D. Helbing, C. Kuhnert and G. B. West. 2007. Growth, innovation, scaling and the pace of life in cities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 104(17):7301-7306.



Jones, M., H. Oliver, J. Lobo and K. L. Larson. 2015. How can flood effects be best mitigated in the Southwest?. Poster presented at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, April 27, 2015, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.


Shochat, E., J. Lobo, J. M. Anderies, P. S. Warren, S. H. Faeth and C. H. Nilon. 2007. Productivity, inequality, and biodiversity loss in human-dominated ecosystems. Poster presented at the January 10, 2007 CAP LTER Ninth Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.. (link )



Lobo, J. and S. E. van der Leeuw. 2005. Allometric scaling and urban systems. Presented at 7-12 August 2005 90th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Montreal, Canada.