Nestor Garza

Visiting Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning


Nestor Garza is Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of City & Regional Planning - Georgia Institute of Technology. Previously worked at University of Washington (Seattle), and Universidad del Norte (Barranquilla, Colombia). His research focuses on urban and regional economics, in particular, the spatial analysis of land markets and taxation, and the Latin American region. Nestor has received research funding from institutions such as the World Bank, Antofagasta plc Chile and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and has published in journals such as Land Use Policy, Public Finance Review, and the Journal of Property Research. He has a PhD in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge and is M.A. and Economist from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá.

Dr. Garza has authored or co-authored 24 peer-review journal articles and 5 book chapters, and lectured at university level in topics like Urban-Regional Economics, Development Problems and Debates on Methodology and History of Economic Thought. A full list of scholarly publications can be consulted at: He has also been reviewer in journals like: Urban Studies, Spatial Economic Analysis, Cuadernos de Economía, Ensayos sobre Política Económica and Revista de Economía Institucional. Occasional contributor to national and regional newspapers in Colombia: La Republica, El Heraldo.

At Universidad del Norte, Dr. Garza created and launched the Real Estate Observatory of Barranquilla's Metropolitan Area (Observatorio Inmobiliario del Area Metropolitana de Barranquilla), in association with the local Surveyors Association (Lonja), and the Chamber of Commerce. This initiative has produced 3 books to date, and supports the technical department of Lonja.