_ Ricardo G. Huerta Niño
Ricardo G. Huerta Niño, M.A., MCP, Ph.D.
The Institute for the Study of Societal Issues
The University of California at Berkeley
Post Office Box 5608
Berkeley, CA 94705
Ricardo G. Huerta Niño received his Ph.D. from the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley in 2013 and is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI) and an Affiliated Scholar at the Center for Research on Native American Issues. He is also co-founder of the Design Justice Hub (DJHub), an interdisciplinary project (hosted by the Center for Research on Social Change) that draws from the fields of urban studies, planning, policy, ethnic studies, and design to develop practical and research-oriented work that confronts social and racial inequality in the built environment.
Ricardo's research interests include community and economic development, environmental justice, sustainable development, international development, philanthropy, planning theory, and ethnic studies. His recent research centers on culture, governance and sovereignty in Native American development. It focuses on innovations in development practices and theories in order to identify new paradigms for understanding and promoting community and economic development. His research is designed to inform effective community development on Native American reservations as well as contribute to development theory and practice in urban, suburban and rural areas.
Originally from Fresno, California and a graduate of UC Davis (BA) and Stanford University (MA), Ricardo received a dual master’s degree in City and Regional Planning (MCP) and International and Area Studies (MA) from UC Berkeley. Ricardo’s professional experience includes working in philanthropy as a program officer, consultant, and fellow at the Open Society Institute, the Goldman Environmental Prize, and the San Francisco Foundation. Ricardo is currently a Lecturer at San Francisco State University, in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. He has been an instructor for undergraduate upper division courses at UC Berkeley in City and Regional Planning, and has served as a Graduate Student Instructor for various courses in City and Regional Planning and Geography. He has also taught Ethnic Studies courses at Laney College and Merritt College.