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Gerardo del Cerro Santamaria

Founding Director of Institutional Assessment and Innovation and Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Sciences

Professor Gerardo del Cerro Santamaría is internationally recognized for his contributions to scholarship in various research areas. He is a Visiting Scholar in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, and a former Visiting Professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Over the years, he has closely collaborated with the National Science Foundation, as Program Area Leader for the Gateway Engineering Program and as a review panelist. He was also selected for the first Engineering Ideas Lab, a high-level meeting of thirty engineers and social scientists that took place at NSF headquarters in Virginia in 2014.

Dr. del Cerro Santamaría´s research has focused on the contemporary manifestations of urban and global political economy from a transdisciplinary perspective, including approaches from science and technology, architecture, the arts, the social sciences and the humanities. He is the author of seven books and numerous journal articles, encyclopedia entries and conference papers. He has been invited to present his work by institutions in the USA, Europe, Asia and Africa. His current research work is on the relationships between urbanism, architecture and globalization.

His book Bilbao. Basque Pathways to Globalization is regarded as a seminal contribution to the field of globalized urbanization and “one of the more sophisticated studies of globalization available today” (Diane Davis, Harvard University). He is co-author and editor of Urban Megaprojects. A Worldwide View, a volume that includes contributions from researchers in top universities in the USA, Europe and Asia and praised as “essential reading for students of urban politics, planning, sociology, and geography” by Susan Fainstein (Harvard Graduate School of Design). He is also Guest Editor and contributor to the volume on Technological Futures, published in the journal Technology in Society, and commended as “a very important topic treated with great rigor” by Basarab Nicolescu, a theoretical physicist and President of the Centre International des Recherches et Études Transdisciplinaires in Paris.

Throughout his career he has received several professional honors and awards. He is recognized as a “leading researcher” by Euraxess, the European Union´s official research organization that includes 29 countries. He obtained permanent residence in the United States through the USCIS “Outstanding Researchers and Professors” program, which requires accrediting international recognition of the candidate´s professional career.

Dr. del Cerro Santamaría studied evaluation at Harvard University and holds Ph.D.´s in the Social Sciences from the New School for Social Research in New York and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain. Trained in classical music since the age of seven, he obtained the degree of “Professor of Piano” after completing studies in Spain, and continued his musical education in New York City with the late concert pianist and Moscow Conservatory teacher Temuri Akhobadze, a heir of the Lisztian school of piano playing. 

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