Monserrat Budding-Polo

Sustainable Land Expert

Monserrat Budding-Polo (MSc. in Urban Management and Development, BA. Architecture) has working experience in the public, private and academic sectors. Her research interests include urban management, urban planning, green growth, climate change and ecosystem-based adaptation, sustainable land development, food security and the nexus land, water and natural resources.

She works at IHS since 2014 as an academic staff and researcher. Monserrat supports the Urban Land Governance thematic area in education, capacity building, research and advisory projects in the Netherlands and abroad. In addition, she is an active member of the IHS Project Acquisition team and the marketing IHS Mexican Representative. Monserrat has assisted in different training and research projects with clients like Cities Alliance, GIZ, NUFFIC and the EU. She has participated in diverse international conferences organized by UN-Habitat (Egypt), ESRA (Portugal), UN-FAO (Italy), LANDac (The Netherlands), among others.

Before joining IHS, Monserrat participated in an EU-funded project (FP7) at Wageningen University in relation to biodiversity protection and sustainable land use management in Latin America (2013). She worked for the Social Research Institute at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (IIS_UNAM), contributing to policy reports for local economic development and participatory planning (2012). Moreover, she has supervised local pro-poor development projects like the “Human Settlements Regularization Program 2008-2011” in the Land Use Planning and Zoning Department at the Municipality of Puebla, Mexico (2010). Monserrat has working experience as an architect and urban expert in Mexico, the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Egypt and Zambia. 


Polo-Ballinas, M.,

 (2015). Climate Change brings socioeconomic changes in Mexico: Green economy as an integral part of sustainable urban development. VITA Non-Governmental Organization Journal, (3) 13, pp. 24-25. Spanish

Polo-Ballinas, M.,

 (2014). The ecosystem services of urban rivers and their contribution to climate change adaptation in Mexican cities. Environmental Research, Science and Public Policy Journal, from the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change. Mexican Ministry of Natural Resources, (6) 1, pp. 43-51. Spanish.