Luis Suarez-Villa is Professor of Social Ecology, and of Planning, Policy and Design at the University of California, Irvine. He specializes in technology and innovation, and their relationship with

social change, economic development and regional analysis.


Prof. Suarez-Villa has extensive international experience, and has pursued his research abroad. He has twice been awarded Fulbright fellowships, and has researched his interests in various nations in Europe, North America, Latin America and East Asia. He has also been awarded honors and fellowships by numerous organizations, such as the National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Organization of American States,

Cornell University, and the University of California.


The authorís educational background was very diverse. He earned his doctorate at Cornell University, where he pursued studies in development, international studies, policy and planning. His first university diploma was in architecture and architectural engineering, but his academic interests subsequently evolved through the fields of planning, economics, regional science, public policy, sociology, and technology studies.


Prof. Suarez-Villa has been a faculty member of the University of California since 1982. He is a co-founder of the Department of Planning, Policy and Design at the University of California, Irvine, and of its graduate programs. Prof. Suarez-Villa has also been affiliated at various times with

the Institute of Civil Infrastructure Systems at New York University, the United Nations, UCLA,

the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spainís National Council for Scientific Research,

the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil,

and the Institute of Technological Research at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.



For a selective listing of the authorís publications, please see the Publications sections of this website.




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