The Ohio State University
Santina Contreras received her PhD in planning, policy, and design from the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on the intersection of natural hazards, urban planning, and international development. In her work, she explores how participatory processes unfold in complex settings, such as areas exposed to environmental hazards and in developing countries. She has extensive experience in the private and nonprofit sectors working on the design and implementation of housing and post disaster projects. This has included engaging with diverse communities vulnerable to natural hazards in Mexico, Haiti, and Indonesia.
Contreras holds a bachelor's from the University of California, San Diego and a master's from the University of California, Berkeley in structural engineering. She is currently working as a research associate in the environmental design program at the University of Colorado Boulder. In that capacity, she is working on a National Science Foundation funded project examining institutional cultures of ethical practice in university based engineering for development programs. She will begin her role as assistant professor in the city and regional planning section of the Knowlton School of Architecture at the Ohio State University in January 2018.