Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
, National University of Colombia
MSc Planning , University of Toronto
PhD Planning , University of Toronto
My research and teaching focus on urban inequalities, governance, urban politics and planning. More specifically, I am interested in how regimes of socio-spatial inequality consolidate in contemporary cities, and the potential of grass-roots activism, land-use planning tools, and urban policy experimentation to address urban divides.
I have a special interest in planning and development in Latin American cities. Over the past five years, I have examined the opportunities and limitations of a comprehensive planning policy, called social urbanism, to reduce violence and socio-spatial segregation in Medellin, Colombia.
More recently, I have been investigating the effects of neoliberalism in the student housing sector, the proliferation of unlicensed rooming houses around university campuses, and the territorial stigmatization of low-income post-secondary students in Toronto.
This year, I am the organizer of the 2018-19 FES Research Seminar Series: (Re)Making Urban Space. Since July of 2018, I am also the Planning Program Coordinator.
In 2018-19 I will be teaching ENVS 5121 Perspectives in Planning, ENVS 6331 Planning in Toronto Workshop, and ENVS 3225 Regional Governance.
StudentDwellTO: Addressing Toronto Students’ Housing Affordability Challenge. (September 2017- September 2019) Principal Investigator for York and Director of the Research Committee. Multi-university initiative funded by the four Presidents of Toronto Universities (York University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto and Ontario College of Arts and Design). http://www.studentdwellto.ca
Contested Urbanisms: The Making, Unmaking and Remaking of Socio-Spatial Peripheries in Medellin (February 2017- present) Faculty of Environmental Studies, Small Research Grant.
- • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Doctoral Award, 2013-2014
- • International Development Research Centre of Canada, Doctoral Award
- • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Doctoral Award
- • First Prize, Student Paper Competition, Master’s level, Canadian Transportation Research Forum
Sotomayor, L. (forthcoming) Medellin’s Integrated Urban Projects: A Planning Tool to Reduce Socio-Spatial Inequality. In: Knaap, G. (ed.) Equitable Cities Project, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Boston, MA.
Sotomayor, L. (2018) Medellín, Colombia: Social Urbanism to Improve Human Security. In: Darchen. S. and Searle, G. (eds.) Planning Innovations for Urban Sustainability: A Global Outlook. Routledge.
Sotomayor, L., & Daniere, A. (2017). The Dilemmas of Equity Planning in the Global South: A Comparative view from Bangkok and Medellín. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 38(3), pp. 273 – 288.
Sotomayor, L. (2017). Dealing with Dangerous Spaces: The Construction of Urban Policy in Medellín. Latin American Perspectives, 44(2), 71–90.
Sotomayor, L. (2015) Equitable Planning through Territories of Exception: The Contours of Medellin’s Urban Development Projects, International Development Planning Review 37(5), pp. 373–397.