Javier Otero Peña

Javier Otero Peña

Student of the PhD program in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York

Javier Otero Peña is a PhD candidate in Environmental Psychology from Caracas, Venezuela. Javier is the student advisor for the MS in Data Analysis and Visualization at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and also works at the Center for Systems and Community Design of the CUNY School of Public Health, on the Physical Activity and Redesigned Community Spaces (PARCS) Study. His dissertation focuses on park use, park renovations and place attachment in low-income neighborhoods in New York City.

Javier’s field research paper studied the politicization of public spaces through a participatory mural in East Harlem. In 2016, he took part in the CUNY-Humboldt University Summer School in Berlin, and in 2017 he participated in the Digital Humanities Research Institute in Victoria University, Canada. He also received the Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant in 2017 and 2019.

Javier holds a Master in Environmental Policies and Sustainable Development, and taught a class on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean at the Paris Catholic University. He also studied Urban Planning and Management at UCV, and Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries at UNITAR. Javier worked as a consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme for three years, in Energy Efficiency, Climate Finance and Technology Transfer.

Tenure: 2016 – Present

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