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David López-García, PhD

Dr. López-García is a Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Department of Urban Planning and Policy (UPP). Broadly speaking, his research spans urban political economy, urban structure, urban accessibility, distributional effects of transport and land-use policies, and institutional arrangements for urban governance. His book “Worker Mobility and Urban Policy in Latin America: Policy Interactions and Urban Outcomes in Mexico City” is in print with Routledge and forthcoming in October 2022.


Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • López-García, D. & Heathcott, J. (forthcoming) “Showcase Politics: The production and distribution of new public space in Mexico City”. Journal of Urban Affairs.
  • Whitney, R. & López-García, D. (forthcoming) “Fast-track institutionalization: The opening of urban planning best practice agencies in Mexico City”. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space.

Authored Books

Edited Books

Book Chapters

  • López-García, D. (in print) “Desigualdades en el viaje al trabajo en la Zona Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México” [Inequalities in the journey to work in Mexico City Metropolitan Zone]. In Martha Schteingart, Clara Salazar, and Jaime Sobrino (Eds.), Desigualdades Territoriales. México: El Colegio de México.


Queens College, CUNY

  • URBST-105 | Urban Politics (undergraduate).
  • URBST-705 | The Just City in Theory and Practice (graduate).
  • URBST-725 | Urban Research Methods (graduate).

The New School

  • NURP 5001 | Economics for Public Policy (graduate).
  • PGUD 5310 – Design and Urban Ecologies Thesis (graduate).
  • PUDM 4120 – Senior Capstone 1 (undergraduate).

University of Guadalajara

  • Ph.D. in Urbanism, Doctoral Research Seminar VIII

Professional Affiliations


  • Policy Mobilities Working Group (PMGW) organized by the Interdisciplinary Center for Development Studies at Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Urban Affairs Association (UAA), Latin American Studies Association (LASA), and the Regional Studies Association (RSA).


Co-Principal Investigator

  • The Just City in Africa: Democracy, Social Justice, and Sustainability in A Post-COVID-19 World. Commissioned by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) to write a working paper on transport in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Kampala (Uganda). October 2021 – April 2022.

Urban Indicators Specialist

  • The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Pilot of the Voluntary Local Reviews (VLR) in African Local Governments: Accra (Ghana), Harare (Zimbabwe), Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Yaoundé (Cameroon), and Ngora District (Uganda). Dececmber 2019 – October.

Policy Analyst

  • The Latin American Development Bank (CAF). Study of urban resilience best practice policies in Latin American cities. September 2017 – December 2018.

Principal Investigator & Project Manager

  • The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). Cost-benefit analysis of the low-caron emission zone program ECOZONA, in Toluca, Mexico. September 2016 – February 2017.

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