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El Colegio de México (COLMEX)
Center of Demography, Urban and Environmental Studies

 Contact details
Contact personDoctor Salazar Clara
StreetCamino al Ajusco No. 20 Col. Pedregal de Santa Teresa 
Address 10740 - Distrito Federal (Mexico) 
Phone(55)5449 3000 ext. 4079 
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 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)26-50 
Organisation TypeSecondary or higher education establishment 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Geography
» Sociology
» Other social sciences
» Environmental sciences

 Brief description of your activity focus
Urban poverty, specifically irregular settlements and property rigths

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
I have been studing irrregular settlements for 10 years, focusing on the periphery of Mexico City. In context of land use and zoning changes my works deals with expanding urban areas. I study the relationships between land inhabitants, landowners, and local state and federal authorities, and how land use property rights and zoning laws are negotiated and applied. At this moment I am conducting research on the impact of 1992 reform of article 27 of the Mexican Constitutution, wich addresses land ownership issues. My current work seeks to understand the ways in which irregular settlenments are being regularized or not.
 Research Activities

 EU Framework Programme related activities:
» Use of indicators and related approaches for the evaluation of research policies and programmes

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
During my entire academic career, I have been dedicated to urban studies, focusing on issues regarding periphery sprawl and urban structure. During the last ten years I have explored the relationship between environmental issues and urban processes. The book “Urban expansion, society and environment” (written in collaboration with Martha Schteingart) was published in the year 2005. Later, I coordinated the research team that undertook a study entitled “Urban Structure of Transport Corridors of Mexico City: An Analysis of the Implementation of a Bus Rapid Transportation (BRT)”. Together with Jose Luis Lezama, PhD, we edited a new book which was published in the year 2008. At this moment I colaborate with two international research teams: 1) Métropoles d’Amérique Latine dans la mondialisation: reconfigurations territoriales, mobilité spatiale, action publique; (Santiago de Chile, Bogotá and Sao Paulo). Lídered by Françoise Duerau, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (Francia). 2) territorial peripheries dinamics in South Metropolies (Shangai - México - Lima - Le Cap - Hanoi – Abidjan), lidered by Bernard Tallet, Paris I (Francia).

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