Visiting Professors

Sergio Montero is Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Development at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. He holds a Bachelor in Economics from Universidad de Granada (Spain) and a master and PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also associate editor of the journal Regional Studies and director of LabNa (Laboratorio de Narrativas Urbanas).

Sergio's research is focused on the politics and governance of urban and regional planning; the global circulation of urban and regional policy models and “best practices;” as well as institutional and territorial approaches to local economic development policy, with an emphasis on Latin American cities and regions. More recently, he has been interested in analyzing the increasing judicialization of urban planning in Bogotá and the possibilities of urban inclusion beyond bureaucratic participatory planning. His work has appeared in international journals in urban and regional studies and in Latin American studies such as Urban Studies, Regional Studies, EPA: Economy and Space, IJURR or Latin American Perspectives, among others. He has co-edited four books on local economic development and on the global circulation, mobility and diffusion of policies.

During his time as visiting professor at the School of Cities (Dec 2021- July 2022), Sergio will be working on a book that analyzes the relationship between density, urban renewal and recent social and legal struggles for inclusion in Bogotá's city center. Bogotá has the largest housing deficit in Colombia, it is one of the most unequal and segregated cities in Latin America and one of the densest in the world. Recent urban renewal initiatives aimed at revitalizing the city center have been highly controversial. Residents and community organizers have mobilize against some projects and, sometimes, legally prosecuted the city for the lack of participation and involvement of residents. At the same time, some urban renewal projects have innovated new land policy instruments (e.g. land readjustment schemes) in an attempt to minimize displacement. This has made urban renewal plans key urban battlegrounds in the larger discussion about housing, local development and inclusion in Bogotá. The book seeks to connect the recent experience of Bogotá with larger debates on density, gentrification, displacement, urban renewal, creative economy and inclusion from a Latin American perspective.

    Education

    • PhD in City and Regional Planning, University Of California - Berkeley
    • Master of City and Regional Planning, University Of California - Berkeley
    • Licenciado en Economía, Universidad de Granada

    Recent Selected Publications


    JOURNAL ARTICLES
    • Montero, S. and G. Baiocchi. (2021). “A Posteriori Comparisons, Repeated Instances and Urban Policy Mobilities: What ‘Best Practices’ Leave Behind.” Urban Studies. DOI: 10.1177/00420980211041460.

    • Harrison, J., Delgado, M., Derudder, B., Anguelovski, I, Montero, S., Bailey, D., and De Propis, L. (2020). “Pushing Regional Studies Beyond Its Borders.” Regional Studies, 54 (1): 129-139.

    • Montero, S. (2020) “Leveraging Bogotá: Sustainable Development, Global Philanthropy and the Rise of Urban Solutionism,” Urban Studies, 57 (11), 2263-2281.

    • Montero, S. & N. Calderón (2020). “Asociatividad, liderazgo inclusivo y desarrollo económico local: el Grupo de Artesanos Independientes de Mompox.” Bitácora Urbano Territorial, 30(1), 193-204

    • Montero, S. (2018). “San Francisco Through Bogotá’s Eyes: Leveraging Urban Policy Change through the Circulation of Media Objects,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 42 (5): 751-768.

    • Montero, S. (2017). “Study Tours and Inter-City Policy Learning: Mobilizing Bogotá’s Transportation Policies in Guadalajara,” Environment & Planning A: Economy and Space, 49 (2): 332-350.

    • Montero, S. (2017). “Worlding Bogotá’s Ciclovía: From Urban Experiment to International ‘Best Practice.’” Latin American Perspectives, 44 (2): 111-131.

    EDITED BOOKS
    • Montero, S. (Ed.) (2021). Repensando el Desarrollo Económico Local desde Colombia. Bogotá: Ediciones Uniandes.

    • Porto, O., C. Osorio, Montero, S. and Kerches, C (Eds.) (2019). Latin America and Policy Diffusion: From Import to Export. London: Routledge.

    • Montero, S. and K. Chapple (Eds.) (2018). Fragile Governance and Local Economic Development: Theory and Evidence from Peripheral Regions in Latin America. London: Routledge.

    BOOK CHAPTERS
    • Montero, S. and A. Medina-Garzón (2021). “Inclusive Leadership and Local Economic Development: Perspectives from Latin American Peripheral Regions.” In Sotarauta & Beer (eds). Handbook on Local and Regional Leadership. Edward Elgar.

    • Montero, S., T. Franz & M. Choles (2021). "Repensando la Gobernanza y el Desarrollo Económico Local desde Colombia: Informalidad, Élites y Diversidad." In Montero, S. (Ed.). Repensando el Desarrollo Económico Local desde Colombia. Bogotá: Ediciones Uniandes.

    • Porto, O., C. Osorio, Montero, S. and Kerches, C. (2019). “Latin American Public Policies: From Import to Export.” In Porto, O., C. Osorio, S. Montero and C. Kerches (Eds). Latin America And Policy Diffusion: From Import to Export. Routledge.

    • Montero, S. (2019). “Enacting Persuasion: Storytelling, Emotional Artifacts and Face-to-face Encounters as Key Actions Behind Policy Circulation.” In T. Baker and C. Walker (Eds.) Public Policy Circulation: Actions, Agents and Arenas. Edward Elgar.

    POLICY-ORIENTED REPORTS
    • Montero, S., Hoshino, C., Cataño, E. y C. Saldías. (2021). Bogotá También es Región: Gobernanza Multinivel, Policentrismo y Nuevos Retos de la Planeación Regional en la década de 2020. Documento Política Cider #15. Univ. de los Andes.

    • Álvarez-Rivadulla, M.J., Montero, S., Villamizar, S. (2019). Hacia Ciudades Incluyentes: El ODS 11 y el Reto de la Segregación Socio-Espacial en América Latina. Bogotá: Centro de Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible, Univ. de los Andes.