Fernando Burga

Assistant Professor
civic engagement and public participation; immigration and refugee services and policy; land use planning; race and diversity; race and ethnicity; sustainable development; urban and regional planning; urban design

Fernando Burga is an assistant professor for the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree program. His research deals with equity in urban planning particularly in relation to the incorporation of immigrants. He combines planning history, ethnographic fieldwork, and design techniques to evaluate how planning addresses immigrant life but also to show how immigrants can engage planning to assert agency, build political power and mobilize immigrant-based planning agendas.

Fernando holds master’s degrees in architecture and urban design from the University of Miami and a PhD in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, he was a fellow at Center for Research on Social Change at UC Berkeley, and a lecturer at UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University and San Jose State University. Fernando is currently developing two projects: a book on Cuban American empowerment and planning in Miami, Florida, and participatory action research project focused on capacity building with undocumented women in San Jose, California. He also collaborates with University of Minnesota Extension, where he works with educators on civic engagement projects in rural and urban Minnesota. 

Selected Writings

Spatial politics in Metropolitan Miami: Planning, Cuban American empowerment and Municipal Incorporations, 1960- 2005 in Spatializing Politics: Essays on Power and Place, Wendel & Samuels Ed. Harvard University Press, 2015.