My research relates to the political economy of urban policies in Latin America, specifically relating to land markets and value and informal settlements. I also continue to research forms of peripheral urbanization, in the Colombian Amazon and California.
Peñaranda, I., Otero, S., Uribe, S. (2021). “What is the state made of? Coca, roads, and the materiality of state formation in the frontier”. World Development. 141: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2021.105395
Peñaranda, I. (2021). “The spatial legacy of failure: a study of state-directed colonization programs in Caquetá, Colombia (1959 – 1981)”. Territorio – Milan
Peñaranda, I. (2020). “Failure, politics and regional development: what developmentalism and infrastructure can reveal about the present “post-conflict” programs”. Political and Legal Anthropology Review. https://polarjournal.org/2020/11/24/failure-politics-andregional-development-what-developmentalism-and-infrastructure-reveal-about-present-post-conflict-programs/
Isabel is the host and producer of Sur-Urbano, a podcast about Latin American Cities that launched in 2022. By working with cohosts who interview a guest scholar about recent research, Sur-Urbano builds bridges between disciplines, geographies, and broader publics by generating discourse across institutions.
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