Metropolitan Governance in Mexico

This action-research project sought to identify the characteristics of design, implementation and policies of international metropolitan structures that might be applicable and useful in addressing the need for collaborative governance in Mexico.

Providing guidelines for metro-governance systems

The concept of collaborative governance has been extensively analyzed and reviewed, yet few models or studies of collaborative governance exist in Mexico, where issues arising from rapid urban expansion and the collision of jurisdictional boundaries are driving a demand for solutions. Support for joint municipal and regional initiatives and accumulation of knowledge and expertise in the area of collaborative governance has been sporadic to date and is now perceived as critical, given the potential benefits associated with collaborative models. This research project responds to this growing need and opportunity. Research conducted in the two participating Mexican regions of Guadalajara and Colima confirms that key players are recognizing the urgency of finding ways to work together in order to maximize financial resources, preserve scarce and limited natural resources, and optimize services and infrastructure.

The purpose of the project is to provide general guidelines on key considerations to take into account when attempting to design and implement a metropolitan region and some recommendations derived from current metropolitan level experiences and research. It does not intend to provide a one-size-fits-all prescription for all regions of Mexico, but rather some guidelines for a broad analysis in the different contexts.

The project is funded by the International Development Research Council (IDRC), a Canadian organization that provides funding to generate and apply new knowledge to help solve challenges in developing countries.

More information about this project can be found at:

  • Location: Mexico
  • Client: Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, Canada (Lead partner), Mario Molina Center (CMM) in Mexico, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) in Brazil, The Planning Institute of Colima (IPCo) in Colima, The Metropolitan Planning Institute (IMEPLAN) in Guadalajara
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