Centre for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies
El Colegio de México
José Luis Lezama (born June 4, 1952) earned his PhD in Social Sciences with specialization in Environmental Policy at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, University College London in the United Kingdom. Dr. Lezama was the Director of the Centre for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies (CEDUA) of El Colegio de México (2003-2009) andDirector of the Interdisciplinary Seminar on Environmental Studies at El Colegio de México. He was Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Department of Air, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, coordinating the Chapter on Environmental Policy and Institutional Analysis in the Mexico City Air Quality Project under the coordination of the Nobel prize Dr. Mario Molina. He was Visiting Researcher in the Faculty of Architecture at theUniversité catholique de Louvain, Belgium and Visiting Researcher at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Population Dynamics, The Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris), The National Institute of Demography (INED) France and the University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain. Dr. Lezama is a columnist in the Mexican national newspaper Reforma writing on environmental, technological and social issues. He has recently been appointed as a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nation Program on Human Settlements UN Habitat, is Honourable Mention in the Mexican National Ecological Award and National Prize in Environmental Journalism 2008. Dr. Lezama is the author of the following books: 1) Population, City and Environment in Contemporary Mexico; 2) Environment, Society and Government: The Institutional Question; 3) The Social and Political Construction of Environment (2004);4) The Environment Today: Crucial Issues in the Contemporary Debate (2003); 5) Divided Air: Criticism to the Air Pollution Policy in the valley of Mexico (2000); 6) Social Theory, Space and City (1993); 7) Society, Space and Population (1990). Dr. Lezama is the author of more than 100 articles in books, journals and newspapers in Mexico and abroad on environment, social theory and urban development.
Dr. José Luis Lezama