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Dr. Marcela López


Areas of Interest

Urban geography

Social inequalities

Public services

Water governance

Latin America



Freie Universität Berlin (Germany). Ph.D. Geography


Bauhaus Universität Weimar and (Germany) and Tongji University Shanghai (China). MSc International Integrated Urban Studies


Wageningen University (The Netherlands). MSc Urban Environmental Management,               


Antioquia School of Engineering. BSc Environmental Engineering (Colombia)

Professional Experience

04.2008 – 03.2009    

Adelphi Research (Berlin, Germany)                

Implementation of an Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) in North Lebanon


05.2005 – 09.2005 and 08.2006 – 08.2007

NGO Penca de Sabila (Medellín, Colombia)           

Participatory planning in Medellín’s peri-urban areas          


10.2005 – 07.2006    

Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (Dessau, Germany)                    

Bauhaus Kolleg VII "UN Urbanism": Post-conflict strategic planning in Mostar (Bosnia & Herzegovina) and Kabul (Afghanistan)


06.1999 – 06.2000    

NGO Antioquia Presente (Quindío, Colombia)                                            

Volunteer, post-earthquake reconstruction



López, Marcela. Forthcoming. Paisajes Hídricos en Disputa: Agua, Poder y Fragmentación Urbana en Medellín, Colombia. CONFIAR Foundation: Medellín.

Book Chapters

López, Marcela. 2016. Struggling for Public, Reclaiming Citizenship: Everyday Practices of Access to Water in Medellín. Colombia. In McDonald, D.A. (Eds). Making Public in a Privatized World: The struggle for essential services, pp. 165-178. London: Zed Books.

López, Marcela. 2011. Participatory Planning in Conflict: The Case Study of Medellín, Colombia. In Colini, L. und Eckardt, F. (Eds) Bauhaus and the City: a Contested Heritage for a Challenging Future. Würzburg, pp. 55-63. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.

López, Marcela. 2010. Card Game and City Guide for Mostar. In Bittner, R., Hackenbroich, W. and Vockler, K. (Eds) UN Urbanism, pp. 173-177.  Berlin: Jovis Verlag.

López, Marcela. 2009. Coastal Zone Management in North Lebanon: A Participatory Approach to Achieve a Sustainable Development. Year Book 2009, Weimar: Bauhaus Universität Weimar.

Articles in Magazines

López, Marcela; Kuc, Miodrag and Naranjo, Juan. 2013. Ein Grundrecht auf Wasser? Vom stetigen Fluss zu vorausbezahlten Tropfen. ARCH+ Magazine 213: 102-105.

López, Marcela und Kuc, Miodrag. 2009. Medellín “El Hueco” as a Public Space. Gestión y Ambiente Magazine 12(1): 131-146.

Gonzalez, Gabriel; Gomez, Carmen; López, Marcela and Kuc, Miodrag. 2009. Sichuan Hot Pot “New Life in Sichuan after Earthquake”. Urban China Magazine 36: 64-67.

Working Papers and Policy Briefs

López, Marcela. 2016. Public Engagement to Improve Water Services in Medellín. WIN Policy Brief. Water Integrity Network.

López, Marcela. 2013. Flows of Water, Flows of Capital: Neoliberalization and Inequality in Medellín’s Urban Waterscape. desiguALdades.net Working Paper Series No 38, Berlin: desiguALdades.net Research Network on Interdependent Inequalities in Latin America

Conference Participation

2015    “Rising Inequalities under the Emergence of Multilatinas: The Case of Empresas Públicas         de Medellín (EPM)”. International Seminar. Public Utility Companies and Development. Experiences, Lessons and Challenges. University of Costa Rica, San Jose-Costa Rica, 3-5 February.

2014    “Out of the Network out of the Game: Reclaiming Citizenship Through Access to Water in Medellín”. International Conference Putting Public in Public Services: Research, Action and Equity in the Global South, Cape Town-South Africa, 13-16 April.

2014 “Paisajes de Desconexión: Agua, Poder e Informalidad en Medellín, Colombia”. Faculty of Administration at the University of Andes, Bogotá-Colombia, 6 March.     

2012    “Informal Practices in Medellín’s Neoliberal Waterscape”. Workshop Spatial Informality in          the Urban Waterscape. UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft-the Netherlands, 4-5 December.

2012    "Landscapes of Disconnection: Water, Power and Informality in Medellín, Colombia".    Arbeitskreis Lateinamerika: Zwischenräume, Interdisziplinäre Dialog zu Lateinamerika. desiguALdades.net and Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut,  Germany, 9-10 November.

2012    “Transnational Connections and Local Disconnections: Water, Power and Urban            Fragmentation in Medellín, Colombia”. Workshop Extraktivismus in Lateinamerika: Konturen, Auswirkungen und Alternativen. Promotionskolleg Global Social Policies and           Governance. Universität Kassel, Germany, 21-22 May.

2011    “Transregional Connections and Local Disconnections: Re-scaling Water Supply Services and the Reproduction of Socio-spatial Inequalities in Medellín, Colombia”. International Seminar Collective Rights and the Environment, Medellín-Colombia, 27 November.

2011    “Scarcity Despite of Abundance: The Political Ecology of Water Disconnection in Medellín,             Colombia”. Workshop “Geographies of Inequality in Latin America – Socio-economic,   Cultural, Political and Environmental dimensions”. Geographisches Institut der Universität Kiel, Germany, 29 April-1 May.

2009    “Participatory Planning in Conflict: the Case Study of Medellín”. International Symposium Futu.re City – Futu.re Bauhaus. Bauhaus Universität Weimar, Germany, 4-6 November.

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