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Javier Martínez is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-Information Management within the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, the Netherlands. He is also the coordinator of the Urban Planning and Management specialization of the 2-year Master’s degree in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation.

He graduated as an architect from the Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Design of Rosario National University (UNR), Argentina. He obtained his MSc degree in Geo-Information for Urban Planning from ITC. He received his PhD from the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, for his thesis Monitoring intra-urban inequalities with GIS-based indicators: with a case study in Rosario, Argentina. Between 1999 and 2001, he worked in Argentina in the Office of Strategic Planning in Rosario (PER) designing its Urban Indicators System.

His research, publications and teaching experience are focused on applying GIS, mixed methods and indicators for policy-making, urban poverty, community well-being, quality-of-life and intra-urban inequalities. From 2010 up until November 2014, he was co-coordinator of the Network-Association of European Researchers on Urbanization in the South (N-AERUS). Since 2017, he has been a member of the board of directors of the International Society of Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS).

He co-edited the books:

Handbook of quality of life and sustainability. Martinez, J., Mikkelsen, C. A., & Philips, R. (2021). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-50540-0

GIS in Sustainable Urban Planning and Management: A Global Perspective. van Maarseveen, M. F. A. M., Martinez, J. A., & Flacke, J. (2018). CRC Press. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781351379090

He is member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Community Well-Being (Springer) and Applied Research in Quality of Life (Springer)

He holds a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO) and a Senior University Teaching Qualification (SUTQ/SKO).

He is the ITC project leader of the following Erasmus+ projects:

Building Resilient Urban Communities

www.breucom.eu/

Building Inclusive Urban Communities

www.itc.nl/global-impact/itc-major-projects/!/binucom

Social Inclusion and Energy Management for Informal Urban Settlements

www.itc.nl/global-impact/itc-major-projects/!/ses

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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