Hugo Sarmiento is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Hugo’s research considers the political and economic dimensions of housing and land use strategies for climate change adaptation, post-disaster recovery and resilience planning.

His research aims to critically examine how planning for climate change might help transform or maintain the social-spatial inequalities which underlie risks such as extreme weather events, floods, and landslides. To that end, he relies on comparative research and political ecology to investigate the role of housing markets and governance structures in producing the uneven distribution of social vulnerability and exposure to climate-related risks and disasters.

Central to his research agenda is considering the social mobilization, grassroots resistance, and counter-planning efforts which help shape these strategies across the global north and south divide.

His most recent research has focused on the resettlement, and displacement, of communities vulnerable to the effects of climate change in Colombian cities. Hugo has a special interest in Latin American urban geographies, having completed projects in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico.

Hugo’s PhD is from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Urban Planning.