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Maria José Zúñiga is an Architect & Urban Planner passionate about social justice and its relation with urban dynamics. She has worked in the private and public sectors and later jumped into the international environment as an Architect & Urban Planner at the UN-HABITAT Nairobi. Her main interest is in urban mobility complexities analysed by the intersectionality and gender inclusiveness approach. She is currently part of the research group Accessibility Planning in the TUM under the "Where to stay? The Citizen Mobility Index" project. Her role is to study and understand how urban networks at different scales can help users better analyse essential mobility parameters that can facilitate their daily activities.

Curriculum

2022 -   Junior Researcher at the Chair of Urban Structure and Transport Planning, Technical University of Munich
2021 - 2022 Urban Planner Intern at UNEP | UNON | UN-Habitat - Panning, Finance and economic section & humanitarian development
2021     Master's Thesis: Mainstream gender and women’s right to adequate housing - an analysis of policymaking in Ecuador
2020 - 2021 M.Sc. Urban Management and Development, Erasmus University of Rotterdam 
2019 - 2020 Architectural Projects Technician at the Municipality of the City of Cuenca
2018 - 2019 Lecture assistant at the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Art at the University of Azuay
2018 - 2019 Arichtect designer at Durán & Hermida
2017 - 2018 Arichtect designer at Dosa Consultancy Studio
2015     Architect designer at Fabián Mata Architecture Studio 
2015     Intern at Planning Office at University of Azuay
2015     Internship at Fabián Mata Architecture Studio 
2012 - 2017 Bachelor’s program Architecture at the University of Azuay 

Projects

current "Where to stay? The Citizens Mobility Index"