Esteban López Ochoa, PhD

Assistant Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, Architecture and Planning

Esteban López Ocho


Starting in the fall of 2021, Dr. Esteban Lopez Ochoa is an Assistant Professor of  Urban and Regional Planning, focusing on spatial inequalities and housing in particular, and on labor and education markets. Before joining UTSA, Esteban was an Assistant Professor and  Postdoctoral Fellow of the Center of Economics and Regional Policy (CEPR) of the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) at Viña del Mar, Chile.  He graduated as a Fulbright Fellow in 2016 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, obtaining an M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics, and a Ph.D. in Regional Planning. He also obtained a Master of Science in Regional Science from the Universidad Católica del Norte (Chile) in 2010.

Esteban is an urban planner who specializes in regional, urban, and labor analytics. His research seeks to take advantage of the wider availability of “bigger” data to examine housing, labor, and education issues that contribute to the unjust burden of spatial inequalities in our communities, both in the U.S. and Latin American contexts. Major themes of his research include the development and application of spatial modelling to create spatially-aware housing price indices, the estimation of demand elasticities for housing attributes, and forecasting the potential location of displaced residents to engage in more comprehensive urban renewal policies; the intersection between the increased spatial concentration of economic activity, small-city decline and the rural-to-urban migration phenomenon; and, school choice and housing price segregation and the effects of commuting on school choice. Esteban is particularly committed to utilizing data and innovative quantitative methods to better inform stakeholders, policy-makers, and communities.

As a new faculty member at the University of San Antonio, Esteban plans to teach courses related to housing issues such as US Housing Policy and Analysis, Urban Planning Methods II, Neighborhood Analysis with R, Spatial Analytics, among others. He looks forward to working with students and other faculty members at UTSA.