Francisco Lara-Valencia

Affiliate Faculty (Associate Professor)
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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 ASU's North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS) and the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at 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.

Francisco'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, economic development planning, urban health disparities, environmental vulnerability.

Additional Affiliation(s)

Associate Professor, School of Transborder Studies
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Affiliate, North American Center for Transborder Studies
Director, Research Network for Transborder Development and Governance (RedNet)


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