The Postgraduate Program of the Doctorate in City, Territory and Sustainability, is one of the final links in an integral project to strengthen the area of urban and environmental studies, which was started in 1996 and included the formation of the Center for Research into the Environment and Territorial Development (CIMA), which started work in 1998, and introduction of the First Degree in Urbanism and Environmental Studies (LUMA), which began in March 2000. The new PhD program combines with these options to form another, which will give the studies of the LUMA coherence and continuity while supporting the development of Academic Group CIMA (CA-11, consolidated) and of the Department of Urbanism Projects of the University of Guadalajara.   

The Program also has antecedents in two earlier Programs: “The Historical Center and the City: Methods and Instruments of Intervention” (1992-1995) and “Urban Planning, City and Environment” (1994-1997), both in the framework of the International Convention celebrated between the University of Guadalajara, in Mexico, and the University of Valladolid, in Spain. 

The Program of the Doctorate in “City, Territory and Sustainability” was, then, created with the participation of the Academic Group of the Center for Research into the Environment and Territorial Development (CIMA) registered with the Department of Urbanism Projects of the University Center for Art, Architecture and Design (CUAAD) in the University Network; also taking part were researchers/professors from the University Center of Social Sciences and Humanities (CUCSH), the University Center of  Lagos de Moreno (CULagos), The University Center of the Coast (CUCosta), with the important collaboration of teachers from the Veracruzan University, the College of Tlaxcla, the University of Las Palmas in the Grand Canary, the Polytechnical University of Valencia and the Polytechnical University of Catalonia (in Spain); the University of Bío-Bío (Chile), The Central University of Venezuela, the National University of Colombia, the United Nations University and the Higher Institute of Architecture “La Cambre” (in Belgium)… with the aim of complementing resources and capacities to promote a program of excellence. To this end a diagnosis was made through a comparative analysis of the courses on offer among plans for the formation of Doctors in urbanism and matters pertaining to the procedures of managing territory, the city, and environmental processes; in this sense the proposals analyzed for the most part had a bias towards the technical aspect.

Following this, the Program undertook to focus on addressing fields of interest little studied in urban territorial planning, such as:

  • Sustainable development and the implementation of indicators for analysis of the region and the country in a global context.  
  • Processes of Environmental production.  
  • Social-economic and cultural Processes.  

The program of the Doctorate was approved by the General University Council in 2001 and started operations in 2002. At the beginning of 2005, a first evaluation was made of the Program in terms of the contents of the proposal and the Decree issued in 2002, and its modification in 2004, thus bringing it up to date by adapting it to the guidelines established in the General Postgraduate Regulations at our University (2004), with indicators matching those of CONACYT, the institution evaluating and certifying postgraduate courses in Mexico, as well as the current needs of the social-economic and institutional environment. The Program was evaluated satisfactorily in December 2004 by the Integral Program to Reinforce Postgraduate Studies (PIFOP – SEP/CONACYT).   

The most recent decree was approved in 2006 and has the following objectives among others established in the plan of studies:  

  1. The formation of specialists in scientific-technical research, in order to produce new knowledge of the city, territory and sustainability, in the context of looking for and creating instruments to achieve sustainable development.  
  2. To consolidate a scientific and academic group that will promote research and generate knowledge at a high level of quality. 
  3. To guarantee the transmission of specific knowledge, and form links between institutions and scholars on the basis of increasing the capacities of both in the areas of knowledge covered by the Program.  

Currently registered in the National Postgraduate Quality Program (PNPC-CONACYT).