Deyanira Nevarez Martinez

“Thinker of fresh ideas and proponent of social justice.”

Deyanira Nevarez Martinez is a PhD student at the University of California, Irvine. She has a Master’s of Science in Planning from the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona and a Master’s of Science in Geographic Information Systems Technology from the Department of Geography also at the University of Arizona.

She has worked for the public and non-profit sectors. From 2009 to 2010 she worked for U.S. Congressman Raul M. Grijalva before moving to spearhead the campaign to fight Arizona’s ban on Mexican American Studies. Additionally, she has served as the Arizona State Coordinator for Mi Familia Vota Education Fund. Ms. Nevarez Martinez decided to pursue a degree in planning because she is passionate about equity and social justice in the government process.

Her research focuses on the role of the state in the production of informal housing settlements, local governance and enforcement, land use regulation, and urban informality.