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Francisco Lara-Valencia

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Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6303
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6303
Affiliate Faculty
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6303
Biography

Associate Professor, School of Transborder Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Education

Ph.D. (Urban Planning) University of Michigan
M.A. (Regional Development) El Colegio de la Fontera Norte, Mexico
B.S. (economics) Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexico

Bio

Francisco Lara-Valencia, is an Associate Professor of the School of Transborder Studies and Southwest Borderland Scholar at ASU. He is also a faculty affiliated to the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning in ASU. He received his Ph.D. in Urban Planning from The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and did graduate and undergraduate work in Mexico. 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.

Lara-Valencia's major areas of inquiry include socio-environmental vulnerability, urban health, regional development, binational planning, and the role of community networks on sustainable development. His policy research focuses on issues of equity and efficiency of policy making and planning along the US-Mexico border.

Research Interests

Southwest borderlands development planning, transborder cooperation and governance, socio-environmental vulnerability and equity.

Research Interests

His recent research has focused on the study of socio-environmental vulnerability, urban health, regional development, binational planning, and the impacts of community networks on sustainability and social equity along the U.S.-Mexico border region.

Publications
  • Francisco Lara and Maria E. Giner. Local responses to climate change vulnerability along the western reach of the U.S.-Mexico border. Journal of Borderland Studies (2013).
  • M. Bobadilla, I. Espejel, F. Lara, S. Alvarez-Borrego, Sophie Avila-Foucat and J. L. Ferman. Esquema de evaluacion para instrumentos de politica ambiental. Politica y Cultura (2013).
  • Francisco Lara-Valencia, Gerardo Álvarez-Hernández, Siobán D. Harlow, Catalina Denman and Hilda García-Pérez. Neighborhood socio-environmental vulnerability and infant mortality in Hermosillo, Sonora. Salud Pública de México (2012).
  • Laura M. Norman, Miguel Villarreal, Francisco Lara, Yongping Yuan, Wenming Nie, Sylvia Wilson, Gladys Amaya and Rachel Sleeter. Mapping Socio-Environmentally Vulnerable Populations Access and Exposure to Ecosystem Service ate at the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands,. Applied Geography (2012).
  • Gerardo Álvarez, Francisco Lara, Ramón A. Rascón and Pablo A. Reyes. "Un análisis de determinantes espaciales y socioeconómicos de tuberculosis en Hermosillo, México. 2000-2006. The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (2010).
  • James Gerber, Francisco Lara-Valencia and Carlos de la Parra. Re-Imagining the U.S.-Mexico Border: Policies toward a More Competitive and Sustainable Transborder Region. Global Economy Journal (2010).
  • Laura M. Norman, H. Huth, L. Levick, I. Shea Burns, D. Phillip Guertin, F. Lara, and D. Semmens. Flood Hazard Awareness and Hydrologic Modeling at Ambos Nogales, US-Mexico Border. Journal of Flood Risk Management (2010).
  • Soe W. Myint, Jyoti Jain, Christopher Lukinbeal, and Francisco Lara-Valencia. "Simulating urban growth on the U.S.-Mexico border: Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora". Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing (2010).
  • Francisco Lara-Valencia and Jacob Fisher. Working on the Edge: Day Labor, Migration and Neighborhoods in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Progressive Planning (2009).
  • Francisco Lara-Valencia, Sioban D. Harlow, Maria Carmen Lemos and Catalina Denman. Equity Dimensions of Hazardous Waste Generation in Rapidly Industrializing Cities along the United States-Mexico Border. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management (2009).
  • Gerardo Alvarez, Francisco Lara-Valencia, Sioban D. Harlow, Catalina Denman. Mortalidad infantil y marginalidad urbana: análisis socio-espacial de su relación en una ciudad de tamaño medio del noroeste mexicano. Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health (2009).
  • Hemalata Dandekar and Francisco Lara-Valencia. At the Corazon, Five of Mexico’s heartland cities are revitalizing their historic city cores-and not just for tourists. Planning (2009).
  • Francisco Lara, C. Denman, S. D. Harlow and M. C. Lemos. Industrialización exportadora, vulnerabilidad urbana y equidad ambiental en Sonora. Cuatro Décadas de Industria Maquiladora de Exportación in México (2009).
  • Francisco Lara-Valencia. Renewing the border partnership. Canada Watch (2008).
  • Francisco Lara-Valencia, Juan Declet Barreto and Eric Keys. Spatial Equity and Transportation Hazard along Cross-border Trade Corridors: The Case of Ambos Nogales. Journal of Borderland Studies (2008).
Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 305Transborder Practicum
TCL 341Chicano/Latino Urban Policy
TCL 492Honors Directed Study
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 394Special Topics
ASB 394Special Topics
SOS 394Special Topics
PUP 394Special Topics
TCL 499Individualized Instruction
TSS 691Seminar
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 303Transborder Theory
TCL 305Transborder Practicum
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 394Special Topics
SOS 394Special Topics
PUP 394Special Topics
ASB 394Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 341Chicano/Latino Urban Policy
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 305Transborder Practicum
TCL 394Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 305Transborder Practicum
TCL 341Chicano/Latino Urban Policy
TCL 493Honors Thesis
TCL 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 303Transborder Theory
TCL 305Transborder Practicum
TCL 492Honors Directed Study
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 305Transborder Practicum
PUP 590Reading and Conference
Service
  • Estudios Sociales, Peer reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • Journal of Borderlands Studies, Peer reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • Region y Sociedad, Peer reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • Global Society, Peer reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • Región y Sociedad, Peer reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • Frontera Norte, Peer reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • Journal of Borderland Studies, Peer reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • El Colegio de Sonora, Judge (2013 - Present)
  • El Colegio de la Frontera Norte/Office of Graduate Studies, Jury, Honor Thesis Selection (2010 - Present)
  • ASU Research and Creative Activities Committee, Member (2010 - Present)
  • University Senate, Senator (2010 - Present)
  • Border Research Partnership ASU/COLEF/Wilson Center, Member (2010 - Present)
  • School of Architecture and Lanscape Architecture/Edge Studio/ASU, Reviewer (2010 - Present)
  • Open Space Study Group, Advisor (2010 - Present)
  • Municipal Planning Institute, Nogales, Sonora, Advisor (2010 - Present)
  • Undergraduate Committee, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Carl Hayden Neighborhood Needs Asssesment Project, Research Director (2013 - 2104)
  • Red Internacional de Investigacion de Estudios Comparados de Frontera, Executive Board and founding member (2014 - 2016)
  • Revista Interdisciplinaria sobre Estudios Urbanos, Editorial Board (2014 - 2015)
  • AdHoc Doctora Committe, Chair (2014 - 2015)
  • Director Search Committee, Member (2014 - 2015)
  • Association of Borderland Studies, Executive Board Member (2013 - 2015)
  • Association of Borderland Studies, Chair, Selection Committee (2014 - 2014)
  • Latino Undergraduate Research Collaborative, Coordinator (2014 - 2014)
  • Personnel Committee, Member (2014 - 2014)
  • Scholarship Committee, Member (2014 - 2014)
  • Galardon a la Innovacion y a la Cooperacion Tranfronteriza Mexico-Estados Unidos, Technical Committee Member (2013 - 2014)
  • Quinta Conferencia Binacional de Migración: "Derechos humanos de los migrantes", Executive committee (2014 - 2014)
  • 2014 Planners Network Conference, Steering committee - member (2013 - 2014)
  • University Senate, Senator (2014 - 2014)
  • University Services and Facilities Committee/University Senate, Chair (2014 - 2014)
  • STS Scholarship Committee, Member (2013 - 2014)
  • University Senate, Senator (2013 - 2014)
  • University Services and Facilities Committee/University Senate, Chair (2013 - 2014)
  • University Senator, Senator (2012 - 2014)
  • NAFTA at 20 years: Towards Greater Trilateralism?, Member (2013 - 2014)
  • New York University, Reviewer (2014 - 2014)
  • NACTS Faculty Advisory Committee, Chair (2008 - 2010)
  • NACTS Faculty Advisory Committee, Chair (2008 - 2010)
  • Region y Sociedad, Peer Reviewer (2010 - 2010)
  • Department of Transborder, Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, Advisor (2008 - 2009)
  • Region y Sociedad, Ad Hoc Peer Reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • Academic Senate Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee (CAPC), Member (2007 - 2009)
  • El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Lecturer (2009 - 2009)
  • NACTS Faculty Advisory Committee, Chair (2008 - 2009)
  • Academic Senate, Senator (2007 - 2009)
  • Academic Senate Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee (CAPC), Member (2007 - 2009)
  • Faculty Assembly Financial Affairs and Support Services Committee, Chair (2006 - 2009)
  • Academic Senate, Senator (2007 - 2009)