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Personlig profil


Florencia Quesada Avendaño is an adjunct professor in World Cultures, University of Helsinki. She was university researcher in Development Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki (UH). A historian by training, currently she is doing research in Guatemala City about violence and environmental risks in precarious communities as part of 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). The projects analyzes the ways in which fragile cities in the global South are dealing with the challenges of societal security, environmental vulnerability and representative justice in the spaces of multi-scale governance, and how close (or far) they are from the ideal of societal security. 

Currently, she is also writing a book about about the urban and cultural transformation of Guatemala City between 1880-1930. The research examines, from an interdisciplinary and regional perspective, the process of urban modernization and the power relations expressed in the urban sphere. The city's transformation is also analyzed in the context of political and economic processes, cultural and social changes, architectural and urban transformations and, last but not least, using images, literary descriptions and representations. 

Formerly she was a research fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (UH)(2016-2019).

She teaches courses in contemporary urban Latin America, urban cultural and architectural history, sustainable tourism, and violence, inequalities and insecurity in Latin America. 

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. For eight years, she was a lecturer in the international virtual program of Latin American Studies-AMELAT XXI, coordinated by Universidad Complutense de Madrid and part of a network of European and Latin American Universities. 

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.

She was a co-curator of the first Costa Rican Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition/Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014 of La Biennale di Venezia.

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.


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  • 5203 U-landsforskning

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

Quesada, F., 11 sep 2020

Forskningsoutput: Icke-textbaserad outputDigitala eller visuella produkterVetenskaplig

Öppen tillgång

Historiografía de la historia urbana y la urbanización en Centroamérica

Quesada, F., 2020, Después de la heroica fase de exploración. La historiografía urbana en América Latina. . Mejía, G. & Martínez, G. (red.). Bogotá: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelVetenskapligPeer review

Imagining cities of inclusion - Formulating spaces of justice

Nygren, A. & Quesada, F., 31 aug 2020, I : Urban Planning . 5, 3, s. 200-205 6 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragLedareVetenskapligPeer review

Öppen tillgång

“Cities, space, modernization, and modernism in Central America"

Quesada, F., 2019, (!!Accepted/In press) Modern Architecture in Central America. Quirós-Pacheco, M. & Ibelings, H. (red.). Montreal/Amsterdam: The Architecture Observer, 21 s.

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelVetenskapligPeer review



Urban Planning (Tidskrift)

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

aug 2020sep 2020

Aktivitet: Typer för peer review av output och redaktionsarbeteRedaktör för vetenskaplig tidskrift

Urban Planning (Tidskrift)

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

1 jan 202031 aug 2020

Aktivitet: Typer för peer review av output och redaktionsarbeteRedaktör för vetenskaplig tidskrift

RevistArquis (Tidskrift)

Florencia Quesada Avendaño (Referentgranskare)

10 aug 2020

Aktivitet: Typer för peer review av output och redaktionsarbeteReferentgranskning av manuskript

In Guatemala City's ravines. Precarious settlements and co-production of knowledge.

Florencia Quesada Avendaño (!!Keynote speaker)

2 dec 2019

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Invited talk