John Arroyo, School of Planning, Public Policy and Management

John Arroyo

Assistant Professor, Engaging Diverse Communities
Director, Pacific Northwest Just Futures Institute for Racial and Climate Justice
Practice Areas: Urban Planning, Urban Design, Land Use, Community Development, Latino/a/x Migration, Local Immigration Policy, Race and Ethnicity in Cities, Suburbs, Urban Inequality and Neighborhood Change, Creative Placemaking, Arts and Culture, Environmental Justice

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John Arroyo is an academic expert in urban planning and design, land use, community development, Latino/a/x migration, local immigration policy, race and ethnicity in cities, suburbs, urban inequality and neighborhood change, creative placemaking, arts and culture, and environmental justice. His research focuses on inclusive urbanism and the relationship between the built environment, migration, culture, and urban policy in immigrant communities. Specifically, his research examines the spatial effects, policy implications, and institutional infrastructure of exponential Latinx migration in high-growth suburban U.S. “new immigrant destinations.” His current book project analyzes how Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans reshape housing, ethnic retail centers, and transportation networks, and how local and regional-level planning institutions in small suburban municipalities adjust their spatial policies to react to ethnic demographic change in greater Atlanta. Other streams of research include the relationship between arts, culture, and immigration, environmental justice issues (green gentrification), and the social and cultural aspects of housing. His research has been supported by the National Research Council/Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, American Collegiate Schools of Planning, American Planning Association, ArtPlace America, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Prior to the University of Oregon, Arroyo was an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow in Latino Studies at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

An urban planner and design policy expert by training, he has more than 20 years of experience working in public sector and not-for-profit contexts, both domestically and internationally.

Recent Media: 
Institute Spearheads Racial, Climate Justice Projects in Pacific Northwest (Insight Into Diversity, April 18, 2023)
UO’s new institute fighting the common roots of racial and environmental injustice (Oregon Public Broadcasting, March 7, 2021)
UO-Lane Transit District partnership brings brainstorms to reality (The Register-Guard, Jan. 29, 2020)
UO professor's family history detailed in Common Reading book (Around the O, Oct. 19, 2019)
Lane Transit District to benefit from UO student-led innovations (The Register-Guard, Oct. 13, 2019)
Policy and Planning Trio Engages Diverse Communities (Oregon Quarterly, April 3, 2019)
Winners of Inaugural Tinker Hatfield Award for Innovation Announced (College of Design, Jan. 14, 2019)
PPPM Becomes an Innovative Research Hub for Diversity in Planning, Policy, and Design (College of Design, Sept. 26, 2018)
An Interview with John Arroyo (ArtPlace America, March 29, 2017)
MIT Award Recipient Donates to Latino Leadership Opportunity Program (LLOP) (Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, May 4, 2017)
MIT Federal Credit Union Bestows Annual Scholarships, People Helping People Award (MIT News, May 2, 2017)
‘Out!’ Boyle Heights activists say white art elites are ruining the neighborhood…but it’s complicated (Los Angeles Times, Oct. 14, 2016)
Integrating arts and culture into LA River revitalization, 10 feet at a time (KCET, Oct. 9, 2015)
Let the River Run (UCLA Magazine, January 2015)
Study proposes L.A. River-Arroyo Seco confluence as an urban riverfront landscape (KCET, April 4, 2013)