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 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 designed and 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 policy making 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 with ethnographic and participatory focuses, making the use of decolonial philosophy of science and reflexive methodology. He is currently teaching as External Lecturer in the International Bachelor in Social Sciences, the International Bachelor in Humanities (Global Humanitites) and the Master of Nordic Urban Planning Studies (NUPS) of Roskilde University, Denmark.



•Doctoral School of Society, Space and Technology. Department of People and Technology.

–PhD research on Local Sustainable Transportation and Mobility.

–Case study: Informal/Alternative Transportation in Mexico City.

  • Application:
    • Philosophy of science: decolonial studies (transmodernity).
    • Methodology: reflexive and abductive process (interpretative approach).
    • Focuses: participatory and ethnographic for transport planning.
    • Methods: 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).

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

Lecturer: "Sociology", International Bachelor in Social Sciences (F/2019).

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

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).


  • Physical planning, Urban studies
  • Mobility
  • Alternative Transportation
  • Urban Segregation
  • Spatial Justice
  • Megacities
  • Industrial development, Development economics and planning, Developing countries
  • Decolonial Studies
  • Transmodernity
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