Are Consolidated Informal Settlements Sustainable Forms of Urbanization? A Life-Cycle Assessment of Household and Transportation Energy Use in Isidro Fabela, Mexico City

Ariadna Reyes

University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D. Candidate for the Doctoral Program in Community and Regional Planning. Civil engineer and Fulbright and CONACYT fellow. She holds an MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in Mexico City where she graduated with honors. The Mexican Environmental Ministry recognized her master’s degree thesis because she developed the first inventory of greenhouse gasses in university facilities in Mexico which had been used as a reference for other colleges.Ariadna gave speeches and presentations on strategies to tackle climate change in the built environment for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CCE) of North America. From 2009 to 2013, she worked at the Mario Molina Center as a specialist in sustainable housing and vulnerability to climate change. The Mario Molina Center is a Mexican think tank on climate change and energy which is directly managed by the Mexican Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1995), Dr. Mario Molina. At the Mario Molina Center, she led the environmental assessment of the  "Evaluation of the Sustainability of Mexican Social Housing," which federal institutions and private sector have used to design housing policies and strategies. Ariadna presented her doctoral research at the Urban Affairs Association Conference in 2013 and 2016; at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference in 2014, 2015, and 2016; at the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST) in 2015; and at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in 2016.


The urban poor are disproportionately exposed to climate change even though low-income families contribute less to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Adger, 2006; Shrestha et al., 2014). In the case of Mexico City, the energy use... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Ariadna Reyes (University of Texas at Austin)

Topic Areas

• Environmentally and socially-extended input-output analysis , • Life cycle sustainability assessment , • Sustainable urban systems


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