Professor of Los Andes Awarded by Regional Studies Assocation
28 November 2017
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Image: Sergio Montero Muñoz, second from left, recieves the RSA Routledge Award in London.
College of Environmental Design alumnus Sergio Montero Muñoz (M.C.P. ‘09, Ph.D City & Regional Planning '15), a professor at the Interdisciplinary Center for Development Studies at the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, was recently awarded the Regional Studies Association (RSA) Routledge Early Career Award for his new book, Fragile Governance and Local Economic Development: Theory and Evidence from Peripheral Regions in Latin America (Routledge 2018), which he co-authored with Professor of City & Regional Planning Karen Chapple.
“I am very grateful to the Regional Studies Association for this award,” Muñoz said. “It encourages me to continue researching the relationship between institutions, governance, and local economic development in Latin America and beyond.”
Fragile Governance proposes an alternative way of looking at local economic development based on the idea of fragile governance and three variables in six Latin American Regions: associations and networks; learning processes; and leadership and conflict management. The case studies illustrate the challenges of governance in small and intermediate cities in Latin America, and showcase strategies that are being used to achieve a more resilient and territorial vision of local economic development.
"The objective of this book is to rethink the relationship between governance and local economic development from the experience of small cities and peripheral regions of Latin America," explained Muñoz.
Each year, the RSA gives various academic awards to those who have devoted their careers to research on regional issues, especially in economic development and public policies that promote regional development. The nominee, an early career researcher within five years of the date on their PhD certificate or equivalent, is expected to have made an original and outstanding contribution to the field of regional studies.
The award was presented on November 16 at the President's Event during the annual RSA conference in London where was also confirmed as ambassador of the new chapter of the RSA, which will open soon in Colombia. According to Muñoz, this will allow for the creation of research networks around regional and local development in the country that can be articulated with Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Argentina and other countries of the world.
"This double recognition is an opportunity to deepen the Latin American debate on development, territory and governance, and generate new spaces for comparative and collaborative research,” Muñoz said.