Mexico City, Mexico
LSE’s planning programme provides a unique approach to urban planning, it’s designed to help you understand urban policy as an integrated toolkit bridging the social, political and economic aspects to foster urban development.
One of LSE’s advantages is that it provides an unbeatable platform from which to build international networks. My background was in sustainable transport, so this programme seemed ideal as it would broaden and complement my work experience with new fields of analysis and I also sought to strengthen my technical skills for economic analysis. The best thing about the programme though was being able to build my own degree, thanks to the wide choice of optional courses.
Studying at LSE has numerous advantages. I was so impressed by the quality of the public lectures offered on a daily basis – bringing top politicians, scientists, Nobel Prize winners and presidents to talk to us. It’s a truly international university which creates a very interesting atmosphere – you meet people from places you would never have imagined! Of course, its location in central London is second to none – you are within walking distance of some of the best entertainment options in town.
The flexibility of my programme has allowed me to devote considerable time to my final research project on the urban and transport policy in Mexico City. My interest is to diagnose Mexico’s current and future institutional challenges in this sector and provide a small yet significant contribution to its overall situation. After learning fieldwork techniques at LSE, I went to Mexico City where I interviewed some high level decision-makers who were very happy to contribute to my research project. When you go knocking on doors with the LSE name behind you, I feel as if people want to welcome you and really show an interest in your work.
My hope for the future is to get involved directly in policy research and implementation for urban development in Latin America. There is now a growing interest in investing in urban infrastructure in this region but there is also an urgent need to set down some guidelines to prevent urban sprawl, improve connectivity and protect the environment.