Alejandra Reyes is Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at UC Irvine’s School of Social Ecology. Previously, she was the 2018-2019 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance in University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She received her B.A. in Architecture at the University of California Berkeley and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin.
L. Alejandra Reyes R.C., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Urban Planning & Public Policy
226H Social Ecology I
Housing Policy & Urban Governance
Through her research, Reyes has analyzed the participation of different government levels and institutions in promoting the financialization of housing in Mexico. Such analysis has underscored some of the implications of following this logic, such as surmounting mortgage and household debt, the clustering of vacant and abandoned housing, and ultimately, the reproduction of poor housing conditions.
Reyes continues to study the evolution of federal housing and urban development policy in Mexico. In particular, she is examining the role that municipal level governments, along with other stakeholders, have played in the drawing and implementation since 2013 of – federally mandated – urban growth boundaries (PCUs) along 394 Mexican cities or towns with over 15,000 inhabitants (including 74 metropolitan areas). The focus of her current study is on the 14 largest Mexican metropolitan regions – with between 1 and 5 million inhabitants.