Prof. Francisco Martínez Concha
Professor Francisco Martínez Concha holds a civil engineering degree from Universidad de Chile and MA and PhD degrees from the University of Leeds. He has been a faculty member at FCFM since 1986, holding different managing positions, such as Director of the Civil Engineering Department and Coordinator of the External Courses Program, Postgraduate Programs and the Masters’ Degree Program in Transport Engineering, at the same department, among others.
His outstanding academic career also includes several positions at Universidad de Chile, as Vice President of Financial Affairs and Institutional Management, member of the Advisory Committee for the Research and Development Department, Vice President of the Institutional Project Commission, Senator and advisor to Presidents Víctor Pérez and Ennio Vivaldi.
At a national level, he has been Head of the Higher Education Division at the Ministry of Education, member of the CONICYT Councul and the National Accreditation Commission, president and vice-president of the Chilean Society of Transport Engineering and member of the Engineering 1 Group at CONICYT, among others.
His research field is the functioning and evolution of cities, with a particular interest in urban economy and urban system dynamics, location models, interaction between transport and land use, accessibility and assessment methods for urban management policies.
Professor Martínez is the creator of the land use model in Santiago, MUSSA, which has been applied in different cities around the world, such as Minneapolis, Boston, Paris and Berlin, among others, and is used in teaching at different universities in the world. He has also worked in wealth distribution theory, conducting research on consumption rights.
He has been a visiting professor at different universities abroad, such as MIT, Washington, and UC Davis, in the United States; Lyon, Leeds, University College of London, Cambridge, Cardiff, and West England, in the United Kingdom; Tokyo, Nagoya, and Yokohama, in Japan; Monarch and Sydney, in Australia, among others.
In addition, he has been a co-researcher in several international research projects, like Risk Habitat Megacity, along with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART).
He has been a Full Professor at Universidad de Chile since 2011 and has become FCFM’s Dean in 2018.