UCL Department of Geography


Tania Guerrero Rios

Research Title

Urban growth planning: The impact of urban containment policies on affordable housing in Mexico City.

More about Tania

Academic Experience

  • 2007-2009: MSc in Architecture, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Graduation project: Urban Asymmetries: countering neoliberal urbanisation through social housing developments in Ecatepec, Mexico.
  • 2001-2005: BA in Architecture Universidad Nuevo Mundo, Mexico.

Professional Experience

  • Post Graduate Teaching Assistant: Writing and Analysis in Geography
  • 2013-2016: Urban researcher at Centro Mario Molina: Sustainability Research Centre in Mexico City
  • 2010-2012: Project leader in urban planning and design at arquitectura911sc in Mexico City

Professional Affiliations

  • Stadtkolloquium steering committee member

Book chapters

  • Ashabashvili, L., Bai, Y., Bizzarri, S., García-Sancho, C., Guerrero, T., Kolnaar, T., et al. (2011) ‘Ecatepec, Mexico City project by the Mexico City study group’, in Kaminer, T., Robles-Duran, M., and Sohn, H. (eds) Urban Asymmetries: Studies and Projects on Neoliberal Urbanization, Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, 112–143.

Conference papers

  • Ochoa, R., Guerrero, T. and Velasco, G. (2017) ‘Housing manufacturing in Mexico: building efficient houses in inefficient locations?’, in 14th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing, Stellenbosch, South Africa: Procedia Manufacturing, 89–95.
  • Guerrero, T., Ochoa Sosa, R. and Evia, D. (2016) ‘Urban Carrying Capacity: Mérida’, in Towards Green Cities International Congress, Mérida, Mexico: Anahuac University.

Research Reports

  • CMM (2015) Perfil Metropolitano: Escenarios de Crecimiento y Capacidad de Carga Urbana de 59 Zonas Metropolitanas, Mexico City: Centro Mario Molina.
  • CMM (2017) Criterios de Entorno para la Vivienda en México. Fase II, Mexico City: Centro Mario Molina.
Research Interests

In 2013, the Mexican government implemented Urban Containment Policies (UCPs) as an attempt to achieve an ‘ordered’, compact and sustainable development. However, unlike other containment policies, UCPs in Mexico do not restrict growth as such. Instead, they condition affordable housing subsidies to certain areas as a way to induce ‘better’ located housing for the poorest sectors.

This policy seems to be one of the few existing instruments that try bridging the policy gap between housing and urban planning. However, there has not been an account of the socio-spatial implications of such policy in terms of restricted housing affordability, spatial segregation and improvement of the built environment.

This research looks closer at a policy that seems to bridge different objectives – the affordable housing provision and contained urban planning – while analysing how its implementation is negotiated by different actors at different scales.

Research Grants, Prizes and Awards
  • National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) (2016-2019) Scholarship for postgraduate studies.
  • National Council for Arts and Culture (CONACULTA) (2013–2014) Creative youth scholarship (FONCA) awarded for the project ‘Shelters for migrants in Mexico.’
  • National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) (2007-2009) Scholarship for graduate studies.
Research Funding