IDCE Faculty

Ramón Borges-Mendéz, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning

Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Community Development and Planning

Phone: (508) 421-3838
Email: rborgesmendez@clarku.edu

  • Community Development and Planning
  • Education

    • Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Regional Planning, MIT, 1995
    • M.A. in City Planning (MCP), MIT, 1988
    • B.A. in Social Thought and Political Economy (cum laude), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1985

    Research Interests

    Urban and regional economic development, labor markets and workforce development, political economy, Latin America, Latinos in the U.S. and immigration, governance, non-profits and institutional development, research methods

    Biography

    Ramon Borges-Mendez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and has a professional career in the United States and abroad. He has held academic positions at UMASS-Boston, UMASS-Amherst, American University's School of International Service, The Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies, and the University of Chile's Public Policy Graduate Program. Borges-Mendez has also served as a Research Associate at the Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at UMass Boston. He has worked as a consultant for the Ford Foundation, the World Bank, the Economic Commission on Latin American and the Caribbean of the United Nations (ECLAC), The United Nations’ Department for Social and Economic Affairs, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Brookings Institution, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, and the Government of Chile.

    He has written on various public policy issues: workforce development; labor markets; Latino CBO’s; Latino poverty and community development in the United States; immigration; decentralization and civil society matters in Latin America. In 2005, he was chosen as William Díaz Fellow by Non-Profit Academic Centers Council. Borges-Mendez is a member of the advisory board of the Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, and the Center for Social Policy, both UMASS-Boston. In 2007, he was appointed commissioner to Gov. Deval Patrick’s Advisory Council on Refugees and Immigrants, and to the Asset Development Commission. Currently, he is doing research on Puerto Rican low-wage workers in PR and USA, a project sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CUNY-Hunter College). He is also an elected member of the board of directors of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).

    Awards/Grants/Research Projects

    2009     Research Grant. Center for Puerto Rican Studies. City University of New York/Hunter College and The Ford Foundation. Project: Pathways to the Middle Class: Puerto Ricans in Low Wage Labor Markets and Workforce Development.”

    2007     Research Grant. President’s Creative Economy Fund. University of Massachusetts. Project to investigate workforce development regionalism and interdependencies in knowledge-based industries in Massachusetts.

    2006     Research Grant. Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (In collaboration with the Mauricio Gaston Institute). For research on the situation and role of foreign-born workers in the health sector of Massachusetts.

    2005     Fellowship. William Diaz Fellow. Nonprofit Academic Centers Council. Project to analyze the impact of policy devolution on community-based organizations in small cities of Massachusetts (Lawrence and Holyoke) with large numbers of Latinos.

    2004     Research Grant. Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (In collaboration with the Mauricio Gaston Institute). For research on the contribution of Latino immigrant entrepreneurs in East Boston.

    2004     Program Development Grant.UMASS/ Boston. SMARTS Mini-Grants Program. Division of Student Affairs. (With Barbara Graceffa). “The Writing Dr. is In”. Pilot project to improve the writing skills of graduate students in the Ph.D Program at the John W. McCormack School of Policy Studies. UMASS/Boston.

    2003     Research Grant. Joseph P. Healey Research Grant. “Big Barrios in Small Towns; The Socio-Political Incorporation of Latinos in Lawrence, Holyoke and Providence.” University of Massachusetts/Boston.

    1992     Research Grant. “Urban Economic Restructuring and Barrio Formation in Massachusetts: The Cases of Lowell, Lawrence and Holyoke.” Committees for Public Policy Research on Contemporary Hispanic Issues and The Urban Underclass. Social Science Research Council (SSRC). N. Y., U.S.A.

    1991     Institutional Grant. (The Boston Foundation to the Mauricio Gaston Institute). To develop the Institute’s data center, analyze the information gap on Latinos, process the 1990 US census, and create statistical profiles of Latinos in cities of Massachusetts.

    1989     Dissertation Fellowship. Urban and Regional Economic Restructuring, and Barrio Formation in Massachusetts: The Cases of Lowell, Lawrence and Holyoke. Research Program on The Urban Underclass. Social Science Research Council. N.Y., U.S.A.

    Selected Publications

    Borges-Méndez, Ramón (Principal Investigator), James Jennings, Donna Haig-Friedman, Malo Hutson, Teresa Roberts (2009). Immigrant Workers in the Massachusetts Health Care Industry. Immigrant Learning Center. Malden: MA.

    Borges-Méndez, Ramón. “Sustainable Development and Participatory Practices in Community Forestry: The Case of FUNDECOR in Costa Rica.” Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. Vol. 13, No.4, 367-383, June 2008.

    Meléndez, Edwin & Ramón Borges-Méndez. Regional Workforce Development Strategies: Three Regional Cases from California (Greater Sacramento), Indiana (Greater Fort Wayne), and Pennsylvania (Greater Pittsburgh). Report to the Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy. The Brookings Institution. Washington, D.C.

    Borges-Méndez, Ramón (2007). “The Latinization of Lawrence: Migration, Settlement, and Incorporation of Latinos in a Small Town of Massachusetts.” Latinos in a Changing Society. Marta Montero-Sieburth & Edwin Meléndez, (eds.). Praeger. Westport: Connecticut. Chapter 10: pp. 228-252.

    Borges-Mendez, Ramón & Anny Rivera-Ottenberger. (2006) The Prospects of Social Economic Councils (ESC’s) in Latin America. Report prepared for the Department for Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations/NY and The Ford Foundation/NY and Andean Region and Southern Cone Office. March 2006.

    Borges-Méndez, Ramón with Brandynn Holgate, Carlos Maynard, Robin Reale, Jennifer Shea. (March 2006). Latino Business Owners in East Boston. Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy.

    Borges-Méndez, Ramón, Michael Liu, & Paul Watanabe. (2005) Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Neighborhood Revitalization. Prepared for The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.

    Borges-Méndez, Ramón & Edwin Meléndez. (2004). “CBOs and the One-Stop Career Center System.” Communities and Workforce Development. (2004).Edwin Meléndez, ed. Upjohn Institute. Kalamazoo: Michigan. Chapter 3: pp. 71-114.

    Borges-Méndez, Ramón & Víctor Vergara. (2000). “The Participation-Accountability Nexus and Decentralization in Latin America.” Proceedings of the Fifth Annual World Bank Conference on Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: Decentralization and Accountability of the Public Sector. The World Bank. Washington, D.C. pp. 55-77.

    Borges-Méndez, Ramón. (1998). The New Geographical Economics, Natural Resource-Based Development, and Some Policy Challenges for Latin America. Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Research Report. Industrial Clusters Project.

    Borges-Méndez, Ramón. (1995). “Industrial Change, Immigration and Community Development: An Overview of Europeans and Latinos.” New England Journal of Public Policy. Spring/Summer, 1995. Vol. 11, No.1. pp. 43-59.

    Borges-Méndez, Ramón. (1993). “The Use of Latino Immigrant Labor in Massachusetts’ Manufacturing: Evidence From Lowell, Lawrence and Holyoke.” Latinos and Economic Development in Massachusetts. Edwin Meléndez and Miren Uriarte (eds.) University of Massachusetts Press. Amherst. MA. 1993. pp. 104-123.

    Borges-Méndez, Ramón. (1993). “Migration, Social Networks, and the Regionalization of Puerto Rican Settlement Patterns: Barrio Formation in Lowell, Lawrence and Holyoke.” Latino Studies Journal. DePaul University. Vol. 4. No.2. May, 1993. pp. 3-21.

    Courses

    Community Development and Planning
    International and Comparative Analysis of Community Development
    Globalization, Immigration and Workforce Development in Knowledge-Driven Industries
    CDP Research Seminar

    Environmental Science and Policy
    International and Comparative Analysis of Community Development
    Globalization, Immigration and Workforce Development in Knowledge-Driven Industries
    CDP Research Seminar

    Geographic Information Sciences for Development and Environment
    International and Comparative Analysis of Community Development
    Globalization, Immigration and Workforce Development in Knowledge-Driven Industries
    CDP Research Seminar

    International Development and Social Change
    International and Comparative Analysis of Community Development
    Globalization, Immigration and Workforce Development in Knowledge-Driven Industries
    CDP Research Seminar

    Urban Development and Social Change
    International and Comparative Analysis of Community Development

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