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Dr. Luis Inostroza Pino

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Chilean-born associate researcher from the Dresden University of Technology, Luis Inostroza Pino is a highly proficient Urban Development specialist with 14 years of experience acquired in a series of demanding roles within public administration, consultancy, education and researching at international level. A skilled and experienced presenter, trained in political environment, with strong educational experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

CLAS had the honor to welcome Dr. Luis Inostroza Pino and his seminar “Urban Geography of Latin America. Cities, Geography and Economic Development in Latin America “ (5RE483). The course will take during all the semester from Friday 04 of October to Friday 13 of December 2012 and will be  every second Friday from 11:00 to 12:30 and from 12:45-14:15 in room SB111.

This course aims to study the urban geography of Latin America, the city’s population and economic aspects with regard to its physical location with focus on main economic forces and geographic conditions that lead to the existence of cities and regional agglomerations. In this course the students will explore the urban site, history, evolution and growth; urban classification (villages, towns and cities) as well as their location and importance in relation to other regions and cities to emphasize location and space and study the spatial processes that create patterns observed in urban areas. Economic, political and social aspects will be covered. Both theory and empirics will be covered, focused on spatial analysis, quantitative measurements and the use of the scientific method. Empirical links will be established through a set of study cases. Finally, the course will analyze the problems in measuring urban characteristics, discussing and reviewing methodologies to understand urban dimension under quantitative point of view.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to grasp urban geography in the Latin-American continent. They will be capable to use quantitative information like census data and other similar, to compare different Latin American urban areas and further economic, social and political implications; identify and describe current socio-economic trends in this particular urban and regional context. It is also expected develop capacity to face complex urban issues in clear and synthetic ways through problem-solving frame based on empirical urban geographic analysis.

If you want to register for this course, please do by ISIS through extra semester courses. The code of the course is 5RE483.

The course will be held in English


Friday 04/10/2013: from 11:00 to 12:30 and from 12:45 to 14:15

Friday 18/10/2013: from 11:00 to 12:30 and from 12:45 to 14:15

Friday 1/11/2013: from 11:00 to 12:30 and from 12:45 to 14:15

Friday 15/11/2013: from 11:00 to 12:30 and from 12:45 to 14:15

Friday 29/11/2013: from 11:00 to 12:30 and from 12:45 to 14:15

Friday 13/12/2012: Evaluation + presentations

For further information please contact us at

We look forward to your participation. We believe that this course will be of great benefit for you.

Center for Latin American Studies