Gonzalo de la Maza

Universidad de los Lagos


Sociologist at the Catholic University of Chile. He has get his D.E.A. at the School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences in Paris and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Leiden, Netherlands. Specialist in civil society, citizen participation, State – society relations, decentralization and social policies. University professor and consultant on design and evaluation of projects for public institutions, non-governmental and international cooperation. Researcher at the Universidad de Los Lagos in Santiago, where he directs the Center for Society and Public Policy Research. He has been Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Past president of ACCION, Chilean Association of NGOs and past president of the Board of the Fund for Strengthening Civil Society. Author of numerous articles and books on their speciality. His last book is Enhancing Democracy. Public Policies and Citizen Participation in Chile, published by Berghahn Books.

PhD in Sociology from the University of Leiden

Arturo Orellana

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


Associate Professor of the Institute for Urban and Regional Studies at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. PhD in Human Geography, University of Barcelona (2006), Master of Urban Development, Catholic University of Chile (2005), Bachelor of Business Administration and Economics, University of Chile (1994). His research interests are in the areas of metropolitan governance, quality of life and urban planning. He is Coordinator of the Research Network on Metropolitan Areas in Europe and Latin America (RIDEAL) and Proyect Director Anillos SOC1106 CONICYT.

Associate Professor of the Institute for Urban and Regional Studies at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. PhD in Human Geography, University of Barcelona (2006)

Hugo Romero Aravena

Universidad de Chile


Hugo I. Romero (born in Valparaiso, Chile, April 21st, 1950) is Associated Professor in the Department of Geography, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of University of Chile, institution where he has been working for 46 years. He has been Director of the Millennium Research Center on Disasters and Socionatural Vulnerabilities between 2011 and 2014. His education includes a professional tittle of Teacher in History and Geography, obtained in University of Chile, a Master of Sciences in Land Resources Management obtained in the National College of Agricultural Engineering, University of Cranfield, U.K. , a Diploma in Geographical Information Systems Applied to the Environment, obtained in the Ecole Polithecnique Federal de Laussane in Switzerland, and a Doctorate in Geography and Land Resources Management obtained in University of Zaragoza, Spain. He has been Visiting Professor in Universities of Poitiers (France), Extremadura (Spain), Federal Universities of Santa Maria, Santa Catarina and Parana (Brazil), and Adjoin Professor in the Washington State University (Pullman), USA. His research topics are related with Urban and Regional Sustainable Development and Socionatural Disasters. He is teaching Environmental Geography at graduate level in Master and Doctorate Programs in several Latin American universities. He is author or co-author of near 200 articles and book chapters published in Chile and abroad. Founder and Past-President of the Geographical Chilean Society and the Association of Andean Mountains, he is also an active member of the Multihazard Program of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), being the Chairman of the X International Symposium organized in 2014 in Santiago de Chile. He is Member of the Core Group of the Institute for Disasters Sciences (IRIDes) of Tohoku, University, Japan, and of the Latin American Geographers Forum. In 2013 was awarded with the Chilean National Prize of Geography due to his outstanding contribution to teaching and research in this discipline. In 2014 was nominated like Distinguished Researcher in the VIII Latin American Symposium of Physical Geography

Hugo I. Romero (born in Valparaiso, Chile, April 21st, 1950) is Associated Professor in the Department of Geography, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of University of Chile