Originally from Mexico City, Ariadna is a Ph.D. Candidate for the Doctoral Program in Community and Regional Planning. Civil engineer and Fulbright and CONACYT fellow. She holds an MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in Mexico City where she graduated with honors. The Mexican Environmental Ministry recognized her master’s degree thesis because she developed the first inventory of greenhouse gasses in university facilities in Mexico which had been used as a  reference for other colleges.

Ariadna gave speeches and presentations on strategies to tackle climate change in the built environment for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CCE) of North America. From 2009 to 2013, she worked at the Mario Molina Center as a specialist in sustainable housing and vulnerability to climate change. The Mario Molina Center is a Mexican think tank on climate change and energy which is directly managed by the Mexican Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1995), Dr. Mario Molina. At the Mario Molina Center, she led the environmental assessment of the  "Evaluation of the Sustainability of Mexican Social Housing," which federal institutions and private sector have used to design housing policies and strategies. 

Ariadna presented her doctoral research at the Urban Affairs Association Conference in 2013 and 2016; at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference in 2014, 2015, and 2016; at the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST) in 2015; and at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in 2016.

In her dissertation, Ariadna seeks to unpack sustainability in forms of housing development in Mexico City's Metropolitan Area, particularly in consolidated informal settlements, known as colonias populares.  A sustainable form of housing development enables the urban poor to exercise their right to live in a resilient, compact, and climate just city (Adger, 2006; Agyeman, 2005; Davoudi, 2009; Shrestha, Ojha, McManus, Rubbo, and Dhote, 2014; Steele et al., 2012). 

Ariadna's research interests include climate justice and just sustainability, radical and insurgent planning theory, and environmental life cycle assessment. 

Ariadna serves as Teacher Assistant of the Quantitative Methods class, which is taught by Dr. Jake Wegmann, for the MSc Program in Community and Regional Planning.



  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN)


P.ISSST 2015 - Proceedings of the International Symposium Sustainable Systems and Technologies, v3 (2015)

photo of Ariadna Reyes Sanchez
  • climate change justice
  • housing
  • sustainability