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Sergio Miranda Pacheco

Professor of history at Institute of Historical Research, UNAM

Residency: April 2019 – June 2019

Research Project: Urbanization and Desiccation: Towards an Environmental History of Mexico City in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Research Interests: urban and environmental history, cultural history of the cities, political history of the cities


Based on the study of ideas, urban policies, representations and environmental practices of authorities, scientists, urban reformers and inhabitants of Mexico City and its surroundings in the 19th and 20th centuries, Pacheco’s research aims to identify and explain the socioenvironmental, urban, cultural and political impact that the works of the Drainage of the Valley of Mexico (concluded in 1900) and those of the Deep Drainage (1967 - 1975) had on the city.

The hypothesis that guides her research is that environmental deterioration, socio-spatial segregation, environmental discrimination - linked to space, class condition, gender and race -, social inequality, real estate businesses with national and international capital and centralization of the local government were preconditions and a result of the conclusion of these two major hydraulic infrastructure works, from which the process of urbanization of the Mexican capital and the desiccation of the Valley of Mexico was structured.