My research extends across different sites and scales. In the United States I have examined the scalar politics of social movements in new immigrant spaces in California. I have also explored the governance dynamics of regional development in Latin America and the US-Mexico border. Most recently,  I analyzed how the politics of climate change, international development and urban democracy intersect in the transformation of Mexico City’s transportation, climate change adaptation urban governance structures.



Sosa Lopez, Oscar and Montero, S. (2017). “Expert-citizens: producing and contesting the “sustainable urban mobility” paradigm in Mexico”. Journal of Transport Geography67, 137-144.

Sosa, Oscar (2016). “Urban Mobility and Politics in Mexico City: The Case of Frente Amplio Contra la Supervía”. Latin American Perspectives.

Schafran, A., Sosa, O, & Gin, J. L. (2013). “Politics and possibility on the metropolitan edge: the scale of social movement space in exurbia”. Environment and Planning A, 45(12), 2833-2851.

Sosa, Oscar (2008). “Border Planning in the San Diego–Tijuana Region: Local Planning vis-à-vis National Policy”. Berkeley Planning Journal, Vol. 21. 169-185.



Sosa Lopez, Oscar. “Urban Cycling, Citizenship and Urban Experiments: Insights from Mexico City”.

Sosa Lopez, Oscar and Silva, Diego. “The National Circulation of Bus Rapid Transit in Mexico and Colombia: from the local to the national and back”.

Jajamovich, Guillermo, Sosa Lopez, O. and Silvestre, G. “Latin American Cities” in, Companion to Urban and Regional Studies, Wiley & Sons. Under Contract



Sosa, Oscar (2008).“Book Review: Hyperborder: The Contemporary U.S-Mexico Border and Its Future, by Fernando Romero”. Berkeley Planning Journal, Vol. 21. 206-207.



Chapple, K., Montero, S. and Sosa, O. (2012). “Editor’s Introduction, Evolving Regionalismos: Latin American Regions in the 21st Century”. in Regional Development Dialogue, United Nations Centre for Regional Development, Vol. 33. ii-xv.

Sosa, Oscar and Brenner, Alex. (2010). “Innovating the Green Economy in California Regions, San Diego Case Study” in Innovating the Green Economy in California Regions, Karen Chapple and Malo Hutson (PIs). US Economic Development Administration / UC Berkeley Center for Community Innovation.