RWJF Health Policy Research Scholar
Doctoral Candidate, Community and Regional Planning
Angeliz E. Encarnacion Burgos is a PhD student in Community and Regional Planning and a RWJF Health Policy Research Scholar from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. She completed her BS and Master’s in Planning at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. Before entering to the Program, she was working as Associate Director of Research Affairs at the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine, and as Executive Coordinator of the Caribbean Oral Health Initiative. Previously, she worked for two years as GIS Analyst and Community Planner in the Caño Martín Peña ENLACE Project through the AmeriCops Vista program. Her research agenda is centered on the city as a contested landscape; and is particularly focus on exploring social exclusions, inequalities, development, and health issues in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Region. Furthermore, is grounded outside the traditional planning discourse and relies, mainly, on critical urban theory. Angeliz’s goal is to bridge planning reflective research practices with a different way of seeking social justice through active research interactions with diverse communities. This research practice aims to advance alternative planning frameworks to produce knowledge and reframe theories of action within the discipline through the inclusion of everyday life experiences of urban residents. She genuinely believes these research interactions are crucial to achieve a democratic, just and imperishable form of urbanization.