Dr Alfredo Stein

Lecturer in Urban Development Planning

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Research interests

Asset Planning for Climate Change Adaptation in Poor Neighbourhoods of Tegucigalpa, Honduras

The project, supported by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), through the Inter American Development Bank (IDB), aimed to implement the methodology of asset planning for climate change adaptation in two poor neighbourhoods of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The project was implemented in collaboration with local partners (the Municipality of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, GOAL, FUNDEVI and COPECO) in two settlementw with high levels of social and environmental risks. As result of the applied study a number of small projects including retention walls built with reciclyed tyres to mitigate landslides, water harvesting in community centres and elementary schools to address water shortages, have been implemented. 

Climate chande and socio-enviromental conflicts in Latin America and the Caribbean 

Research on this topic served as input to a wider study on socio-environmental conflicts in the region financed by UNDP Panama. A recent publication in the journal America Latina Hoy of the University of Salamanca provides a general framework of based on different type of inequalities that allows understanding how a number of conflicts related to climate change impacts could be exacerbated in the near future. 

Asset Planning in Cities of the Global South

This project supported by the Ford Foundation took the asset accumulation/adaptation theoretical framework; linked it to bottom-up community action planning practice and developed an approach to urban asset planning. The planning methodology aims to enhance the negotiation abilities of local poor communities not simply to access services, but rather to identify and achieve new asset adaptation strategies to climate change and environmental health hazards. The asset planning approach was tested and introduced into the urban development planning practices of two secondary cities: Cartagena (Colombia) and Pondicherry (India). Currently the project is in the phase of disseminating its results.

Pro-Poor Adaptation to Climate Change in Urban Centres: Kenya and Nicaragua Case Studies

This study, financed by the World Bank, analysed the vulnerability of urban poor people to climate change using an asset-based analysis. It also aimed to propose climate change adaptation policies with positive impacts on households and local communities, and to recommend specific strategies and programmatic interventions that can be implemented by local authorities and public and private institutions. The study provided detailed information on the link between climate change and the erosion of assets of different social groups of the urban poor in two selected cities (Mombasa in Kenya and Esteli in Nicaragua). Results from this research have been consolidated into a report for the World Bank entitled Pro-Poor Adaptation to Climate Change in Urban Centres: Case Studies from Mombasa, Kenya and Esteli, Nicaragua.

Low-income housing, urban poverty and social exclusion 

This project financed examined the impacts of micro lending for housing improvement and financing methods for basic services have in urban poverty reduction and social inclusion. The research made an in-depth analysis of the Foundation for Local Development (PRODEL) in Nicaragua during the period 1994-2008.

Donors in post-disaster contexts

This project examined the impact that international foreign aid had on changing policies and practices in urban development planning during reconstruction processes after civil war and natural disasters that took place in Central America since the early 1990s.


Research and projects

No current projects are available for public display