Hugo Sarmiento is an assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

Hugo’s research considers the political and economic dimensions of emerging housing and land use strategies for climate change adaptation, post-disaster recovery and resilience planning. His research critically examines the relationship between planning for climate change and spatial inequalities such as poor infrastructure, informality and racialized segregation. Specifically, it considers how these inequalities contribute to the social production of vulnerability to environmental hazards such as extreme weather events, rising sea levels, floods and landslides. To that end, he relies on comparative research and political economy to investigate the effect of housing markets, and governance structures, on the spatial distribution of climate-related risks. Central to his research agenda is considering the social mobilization, grassroots resistance, and counter-planning efforts which help shape these strategies.

His most recent research has focused on the resettlement, and displacement, of communities vulnerable to the effects of climate change in Colombian cities. Currently, he is also studying post-disaster recovery and community relocation efforts in Puerto Rican coastal communities. Hugo has a special interest in Latin American urban geographies, having completed projects in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico.

Hugo received his Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).