Panel: Challenges for Building Sustainable Cities in Developing Countries
(Sustainable Urban and Metropolitan Development)

Thursday, July 19, 2018: 3:15 PM-4:45 PM
Building 3, Room 206 (ITAM)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Chair:  Víctor Yamaguchi, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

How Do Mexican Cities Translate Sustainability?
José Antonio Sánchez and Pavel Gómez, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas

Systemic Analysis of Public Security Management in Mexico City, 1997-2014
Alejandro Vega, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Cuajimalpa

Sustainable cities, urban development and smart growth policies can be adopted and applied in a developing country, if there are basic welfare conditions covered, strong administrative capacity and local fiscal certainty.​ The global processes of homogenizing cities through concepts such as sustainable cities promoted by international organizations provides solutions that are actively searching for problems; a situation similar to the New Public Management movement: The model pursues contradictory goals.

The results and attempts to implement sustainable urban policies in developing countries are not always successful, due to different interpretations of the concept of sustainability, as well as the problems that local governments face with their public management systems. In this context, the goal of the panel is to analyze some significant urban problems in Mexico (related to governance, metropolitan collaboration, local policies, and public safety), and discuss the main challenges that Mexican cities face to be sustainable (from a social, economic, and environmental view).