Gerardo del Cerro Santamaría

U. S. Fulbright Award Recipient (Urban Planning), Former Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Gerardo del Cerro Santamaría is a member of the European Union Expert Group in Regional Policy and a United States Fulbright Award Recipient in Urban Planning. In Spring 2020 he served as Visiting Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In Fall 2019 he served on behalf of the United States as a Fulbright Specialist in Colombia. Professor del Cerro is a former Senior Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Innovation and Research Professor of Planning and Megaprojects at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in Manhattan. He has been a Visiting Professor at MIT, a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, and a Program Director (Gateway Engineering) at the U.S. National Science Foundation. Dr. del Cerro Santamaría holds Ph.D.´s from the New School for Social Research in Manhattan and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain. A music lover and classical piano player, he holds the degree of "Professor of Piano" from the Joaquín Turina Conservatory in Madrid. He is the author, inter alia, of Bilbao. Basque Pathways to Globalization (2007), editor of, and contributor to, Urban Megaprojects. A Worldwide View (2013), contributor to The Oxford Handbook of Megaproject Management (2017), and author of A Critique of Neoliberalism in Higher Education (forthcoming 2019, Oxford University Press). He has published extensively on the impact of iconic architecture on urban revitalization as well as megaprojects. In addition, he has published on higher education, globalization, planning, evaluation, political sociology, London history, technological futures, innovation districts, and various aspects of transdisciplinarity, including robotics research, mathematics and music, development and sustainability. He´s been invited to present his work at venues in the USA, Europe, Africa and Asia. Dr. del Cerro Santamaría is a member of the Centre Internationale pour la Recherche Transdisciplinaire (CIRET) in Paris, the Academy of International Business, the International Sociological Association, and the New York Academy of Sciences. He resides in New York City.


  • –present
    Visiting professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology