Juan Carlos Finck Carrales

Urban and Transport Planner, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.d.

  • Universitetsvej 1, 02

    DK-4000 Roskilde


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Juan Carlos Finck Carrales holds a Ph.d. degree in Social Sciences of the Program of Society, Space and Technology from Roskilde University of Denmark; a Master’s degree in Urban Development Projects from the Universidad Iberoamericana of Mexico City; and a Bachelor’s degree in Policy and Social Management from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana of Mexico. He used to work for nearly five years as a Social Communication Manager in the private sector for Mexican governmental institutions and political parties. Furthermore, he was General Secretary of the Mexican NGO ActúaDF for two years, which has implemented projects related to social inclusion and justice in peripheral underserved neighborhoods of Mexico City. He has participated in urban planning and transport design projects in Mexico City, whose diagnoses and conclusions have been reproduced in different media and in the policymaking of the city. He is a consultant for the Integral Mobility Program of Mexico City 2020-2024. His Ph.D. research aimed to find sustainable options directed at alternative/informal transportation planning in the periphery of Mexico City via ethnographic and participatory focuses, making the use of decolonial philosophy of science and reflexive methodology. He currently is External Lecturer in the International Bachelor in Social Sciences, the International Bachelor in Humanities (Global Humanities) and the Master of Nordic Urban Planning Studies (NUPS), as well as Responsible for the Spanish Language Profile and Coordinator of the Language Profile Program of Roskilde University.



–Sustainable Transport Planning and Mobility

–Informal/Alternative Transportation

–Urban Planning

–Decolonial studies (transmodernity)

–Reflexive and abductive processes (interpretative approach)

–Participatory and ethnographic focuses

–Interviews, fieldwork (photography and recorded videos), participatory workshops (consensus conferences), counting and tracing, descriptive statistics (mixed-methods)



–Program Coordinator: Language Profiles (Spanish, French and German); Sambach, Humbach, Humtek (S/2020, F/2020, S/2021, F/2021)

Course Responsible and Lecturer: "Spanish Language Profile", Sambach, Humbach, Humtek (F/2018, S/2019, F/2019, S/2020, F/2020S/2021, F/2021)

Lecturer: "Sociology" (French Sociology, Max Weber's Theory, Postcolonial and Decolonial Theory, Global Stratification), International Bachelor in Social Sciences (F/2019, F/2020, F/2021)

Lecturer: "Reading and understanding quantitative methods", International Bachelor in Social Sciences (F/2019, F/2020)

Lecturer: "Choosing and applying theories", International Bachelor in Social Sciences (F/2020)

Lecturer: "Collecting data and applying methods ", International Bachelor in Social Sciences (F/2020)

Lecturer: "Whose Problems, Whose Solutions?" (Development, Transmodernity); Sambach and Humbach (S/2019, S/2020)

Lecturer: "Analytical Strategies, Applied Approaches", International Bachelor in Social Sciences (S/2018)

External positions

Instructor and Responsible for the Statistics course (Copenhagen), Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Aug 2022Oct 2022

External Evaluator and Censor of master thesis in Metropolitan Planning and Policies (Mexico), Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana - Unidad Azcapotzalco

Sep 2021May 2022


  • Physical planning, Urban studies
  • Mobilities
  • Alternative/Informal Transportation
  • Urban Studies
  • Social justice
  • Megacities
  • Global Cities
  • Industrial development, Development economics and planning, Developing countries
  • Decolonial Studies
  • Transmodernity
  • Transdisciplinary research
  • Development
  • Green transitions