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Curriculum vitae

Florencia Quesada Avendaño is adjunct professor in World Cultures, University of Helsinki. Trained as a historian her research interests include urban cultural history, sustainable tourism, violence and urban segregation. Currently, her research focuses on Guatemala City, first on a historical analysis of the urban and cultural transformation of the capital between 1880 and 1930. Guatemala City is also the subject of another project that she is involved that looks at fragile cities of the global South, specifically the impact of violence and environmental risks on precarious settlements. 

Formerly, she was a research fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (UH) (2016-2019) and university researcher at Global Development Studies, UH in the Academy of Finland funded project FCITIES: Societal security, environmental vulnerability and redistributive justice in fragile cities of the global South (Anja Nygren coordinator, 2016-2020, working full time 2019-2020)

She earned her PhD in Latin American Studies from the UH, a Diplome D'Etudes Approffondies in history from Université Paris 1-Sorbonne and a master’s degree in history from the University of Costa Rica. She has carried out primary research in Guatemala, Honduras, and Costa Rica, and in archives in France, Spain, and the United States.

Before coming to Finland from Costa Rica, she was a researcher at Centro de Investigaciones Históricas de América Central (CIHAC) at the University of Costa Rica, and at the Department of Education of the Central Bank Museums.

Quesada has published on Central American urban cultural history, planning and sustainable tourism. Her latest book about the urban modernization in San José, Costa Rica received the 2011 Cleto González Víquez Award from the Academy of Geography and History of Costa Rica.

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Latin American Studies
  • Urban cultural history
  • History Central America
  • 5203 Development Studies
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Urban studies

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications

Cities of Inclusion: Spaces of Justice

Nygren, A. (ed.) & Quesada, F. (ed.), 31 Aug 2020, Lisbon: Cogitao Press. (Urban Planning; vol. 5, no. 3)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Epidemias, Pandemias e Higiene: Reflexiones históricas desde San José

Translated title of the contribution: Epidemics, Pandemics and Hygiene: Historical Reflections from San JoséQuesada, F., 19 Apr 2020

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual ProductsProfessional

EPISODIO 02: Higiene, ideólogos y la construcción de nueva infraestructura en San José entre 1880-1930

Translated title of the contribution: Second episode: Hygiene, ideologues and the construction of new infrastructure in San José, 1880-1930Quesada, F., 11 Sep 2020

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual ProductsScientific

Open Access

Historiografía de la historia urbana y la urbanización en Centroamérica

Translated title of the contribution: Historiography of the urban history and urbanisation in Central AmericaQuesada, F., 2020, Después de la heroica fase de exploración. La historiografía urbana en América Latina. . Mejía, G. & Martínez, G. (eds.). Bogotá: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Imagining cities of inclusion - Formulating spaces of justice

Nygren, A. & Quesada, F., 31 Aug 2020, In : Urban Planning . 5, 3, p. 200-205 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Projects

Activities

Urban Planning (Journal)

Anja Nygren (Editor), & Florencia Quesada Avendaño (Editor)

1 Jan 202031 Aug 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

Analyzing sustainable and emerging cities; The Inter-American Development Bank and spatial transformations

Florencia Quesada Avendaño (Member of thesis committee / follow-up group)

28 Sep 2020

Activity: Examination typesMember of doctoral thesis committee / follow-up group

A CONCEPT AT WORK. ‘Informal economy’ and contestations of labour, law and the state in Tanzania

Florencia Quesada Avendaño (Member of thesis committee / follow-up group)

8 Oct 2020

Activity: Examination typesMember of doctoral thesis committee / follow-up group

RevistArquis (Journal)

Florencia Quesada Avendaño (Reviewer)

10 Aug 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts