Oscar is an urban planner with over a decade of experience on a variety of urban policy and regional governance issues, including sustainable transportation policy, climate adaptation and urban reform, regional economic development, and social service provision for immigrant communities. At Bennett Midland, he is supporting the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center to explore innovative approaches to reduce vaccine hesitancy and increase public trust in health systems, examining how local governments can use sentiment analysis tools to produce dynamic and effective communication.
In his scholarship, Oscar draws on multi-disciplinary frameworks from the social sciences and uses qualitative and ethnographic methods to examine how governance innovations can produce more sustainable, democratic, and inclusive cities and regions. His work has been published in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, the Journal of Transport Geography, Latin American Perspectives, Environment and Planning A, the Berkeley Planning Journal, and the United Nations Centre for Regional Development’s Regional Development Dialogue. Oscar is also Visiting Faculty at the New School’s Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment. He holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.