Dr. Carlos Cadena Gaitan

Green Politics in Latin American Cities: Sustainable Transport Agendas

Year: 2014

Luc Soete, Maria Figuerao en Juan Pablo Bocarejo

This dissertation studies the relationship between political and institutional factors in Latin American cities, and the sustainability level of their urban transport systems. This research contributes with a unique in-depth analysis of the transport sustainability context for Curitiba (Brazil), Guadalajara (Mexico), and Medellín (Colombia). The urban population in our world is growing rapidly. The rate of urban demographic growth in some developing world regions also takes place in an often chaotic and disorderly way. The exponential growth of urban populations is being accompanied by unprecedented destruction of urban ecosystems and an indiscriminate use of finite natural resources, resulting in manifest environmental catastrophes in urban areas. One specific area to tackle when studying urban sustainability concerns transport systems. These, not only are inherently tied to the urban levels of environmental pollution and congestion, but also deal with the vital structure that allows citizens to mobilize, and thus, fulfil their social and economic needs. Car dependency is one of the key phenomena to consider. It implies that cities where cars are the predominant transport mode, deny their citizens freedom of choice about the way they live and move around the city. Unfortunately, this car-dependency generates serious social, environmental and economic damages. This dissertation tackles this problem, and attempts to measure attempts at promoting more sustainable transport systems in Latin American cities.

Selected publications by Carlos Cadena Gaitan

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Escobar, D. A., Carlos Cadena Gaitan & F. J. Garcia, 2014, Accessibility analysis as an urban planning tool: Gas station location, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-048
Escobar-García, Diego, Francisco García-Orozco & Carlos Cadena Gaitan , 2013, Political determinants and impact analysis of using a cable system as a complement to an urban transport system, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-017
Cadena Gaitan , Carlos, 2012, Political determinants of sustainable transport in Latin American cities, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2012-072

Conference contributions
Laar, Mindel van de , Carlos Cadena Gaitan & Nathan Kably, 2017, Motivations to enrol in Doctoral Education, The 17th Biennial EARLI Conference, hosted by the University of Tampere, Finland on "Education in the crossroads of economy and politics ? Role of research in the advancement of public good", More information

Cadena Gaitan , Carlos, 2014, Green Politics in Latin American Cities, Sustainable Transport, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / United Nations University, More information