Carlos Balsas

Arts & Sciences 210
1400 Washington Ave
University at Albany
Albany, NY 12222


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Carlos Balsas is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography & Planning at the University at Albany. He is an urban and regional planner, who received his training in Europe and the US. Carlos has graduate degrees (MRP and PhD) in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, as well as an undergraduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Aveiro in Portugal. He worked as a transportation planner in California and Massachusetts. His main research interests are urban revitalization and resilience, urban governance, non-motorized transportation planning, mega-event development, city and culture, and international planning. He has published books on commercial urbanism and city center revitalization, and written papers for refereed journals, edited volumes and conference proceedings. He has lived, worked and presented his work in many countries in Europe, North and South America and Asia. Prior to his current appointment, Carlos Balsas was an assistant professor at Arizona State University. Among others, he taught Introduction to Urban Planning and Planning Studios in the Bachelors of Science in Planning (BSP) program, and Sustainable Transportation Planning, Planning Theory and Processes, and Digital Communities and Urban Development in the Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning program (MUEP). He also served on Masters and PhD committees and several of his capstone planning studios won planning awards. His work has been published in Cities, Planning Practice and Research, Journal of Urban Design, Journal of Latin American Urban and Regional Studies, Local Economy, Transport Policy, Third World Planning Review, and Portuguese Studies Review.