School of Community & Regional Planning
Jordi is interested in environmental policy, planning and management, with a particular focus on water resources, urban rivers and forests. His research aims to work with municipal planners or non-profit organizations to help them understand how and why environmental programs succeed or fail. The environmental discipline has been slow to evaluate the impact of their policies, but new methods show promise in revealing more insight with higher quality and more precise data. By adopting these new methods and program designs, policy makers can discover what parts of their programs or policies are successful. For example, protected area managers are able to estimate the impact of legal protection on forest cover, or municipal water managers may understand the impact of a public outreach campaign to reduce residential water use.
Prior to UBC:
Before coming to UBC, Jordi held a postdoctoral appointment at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México (UNAM) in Morelia, Mexico. His doctoral degree is in regional planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.
- Policy makers at the World Bank and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have called on Jordi’s expertise to advise them on impact evaluation.
- While at the University of Illinois, Jordi’s teaching was recognized with an Outstanding Teaching Distinction for being in the top 10% of all instructors at the university.
- He was awarded the prestigious Kay Public Service Fellowship to attend the Harvard Kennedy School with full tuition and stipend.
When not conducting research, you can find Jordi at the local playground with his daughter, having more fun in the sandbox than anyone else.