IVIS GARCIA ZAMBRANA

Curriculum Vitae

IVIS GARCIA ZAMBRANA portrait
  • Assistant Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning

Research

Research Summary

As an academic, my ultimate goal is to enhance the role of planning organizations, non-profits, universities, and resident associations as valuable community resources to advance diversity, access, and inclusion.

Research Statement

As an illustration of my intellectual disposition, my most recent theoretical studies have sought to elucidate both current and historic relationships between urban planning, the spatial dynamics of stratification and unequal access, and community development strategies in marginalized and diverse (but primarily Latino) communities.

I am authoring a book titled, “Puerto Rico and Chicago: On Development and Self-Determination” with the City University of New York. The book seeks to construct a model framework from which to interpret Puerto Rican discourses surrounding how leaders in Chicago have organized development and their right to self-determination. Although there are several scholarly works that contain a number of compelling arguments surrounding displacement and the insecurity experienced by Puerto Ricans due to gentrification, the lack of financial capital, or inability to secure housing finance as individuals, in this book, I contend that Puerto Ricans have attempted, with some degree of success, to halt displacement and construct a better future for themselves. Perhaps most importantly, this text seeks to show that innovations in the Puerto Rican community stem from leadership and experimentation—not just simplistic or traditional solutions in urban development.

Where successful, the leadership’s attempts to construct community development efforts may offer collectivized solutions to the structurally problematic ideals of highly individuated modes of economy. I argue that through the construction of affordable housing, non-profit organizations, identity and placemaking projects, Puerto Ricans have created a sense of ownership rooted in place. While these community-driven approaches have obvious implications for disenfranchised groups (racialized, ethnic, aging, etc.), there are also far deeper potential implications pertaining to the problems of uneven development, the role of state planning, grassroots organizing, and policy more generally.

To ground the theoretical propositions espoused within the topics I explore in the book, I spent more than five years conducting participatory action research alongside the Puerto Rican Agenda—an activist organization on Chicago’s West Side composed of community leaders, academics, and executive directors representing various non-profit organizations. I implemented a case study method regarding survey analyses, interviews, and focus groups. In addition, my studies are usually informed through geospatially-represented demographic techniques and analyses. 

Research Keywords

  • Community engagement, planning in/with minority and low-income communities, housing and community development, accessibility and equity, demography and qualitative research methods , Interest Level: 5

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Puerto Ricans in Illinois. URC Faculty Research & Creative Grant Proposal. PI: Garcia Zambrana, Ivis . 11/01/2016 - present. Total project budget to date: $5,960.00
  • Neighborhood Change . PI: Ivis Garcia Zambrana. Community Engaged Research Grant, 08/01/2016 - 07/31/2017. Total project budget to date: $19,573.00
  • Collaborative Capstone Projects. PI: Garcia Zambrana, I. Co-PI(s): Garcia Zambrana. 05/10/2016 - present. Total project budget to date: $8,000.00
  • ChicagoLAB TA. PI: Garcia Zambrana, I. Co-PI(s): Garcia Zambrana. Bennion Center, 05/01/2016 - present. Total project budget to date: $500.00
  • Kearns and Community Engagement. PI: Garcia Zambrana, I. Co-PI(s): Garcia Zambrana. 03/01/2016 - present. Total project budget to date: $10,000.00
  • MATCH FOR 54503309. PI: GARCIA ZAMBRANA,IVIS. PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY, 04/01/2016 - 08/31/2016. Total project budget to date: $19,593.00
  • FRONTRUNNER TECH TRANSFER. PI: GARCIA ZAMBRANA,IVIS. PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY, 04/01/2016 - 08/31/2016. Total project budget to date: $29,193.00
  • NITC SMALL STARTS 2. PI: GARCIA ZAMBRANA,IVIS. PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY, 01/01/2016 - 05/31/2017. Total project budget to date: $14,642.00
  • MATCH FOR 54503253. PI: GARCIA ZAMBRANA,IVIS. PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY, 01/01/2016 - 05/31/2017. Total project budget to date: $8,484.00
  • CASH MATCH FOR 54503253. PI: GARCIA ZAMBRANA,IVIS. PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY, 01/01/2016 - 05/31/2017. Total project budget to date: $2,000.00