Ward, Peter M. | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D. in Geography, University of Liverpool, 1976
  • M.A., University of Cambridge, 1988
  • B.A. in Geography, University of Hull, 1973
Research Areas
  • Latin American Urban Governance and Metropolitan Planning
  • Land Markets and Policy Analysis Related to Informal Housing and Self Help
  • Social Welfare in Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico Border
Teaching Areas
  • Research and Empirical Methods
  • Social Policy

Peter M. Ward held senior teaching and research positions in geography at University College London and at the University of Cambridge before joining the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1991. He is a professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs and in the College of Liberal Arts’ Department of Sociology, where he holds the C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair #1 in U.S.-Mexico Relations. From 2009 to 2012, he served as director of the LBJ School’s Ph.D. program, and in 2011 he received the university’s Outstanding Graduate Adviser Award. He formerly served as the associate dean for research at the LBJ School. Between 2002 and 2007 he served as editor-in-chief of the Latin American Research Review. He is best known for his work on low-income housing and self-help in Mexico and in Latin America, and for his work on similar informal settlements (colonias) in Texas and the southern United States. He has also published extensively on social policy, democratization and governance, Mexican politics and megacities (most notably Mexico City). His most recent work is an 11-city (nine-country) Latin American Housing Network (www.lahn.utexas.org) study prepared for the U.N.-Habitat III summit in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016. He has served as an adviser to various Mexican government leaders, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Media Expertise
  • Mexico
  • U.S./Latin America Relations
  • Housing


NewsApril 17, 2019
Innovation Bound, the annual celebration of LBJ School policy research: April 23, 2019

Core to the LBJ School's mission is "getting it done" — developing solutions to policy problems through scholarship and public discourse. Every year, faculty and students take on research that melds the theoretical and the practical, exploring the world through hands-on field work and data analysis to address issues critical to the health of American democracy and global society. Innovation Bound celebrates the impact, quality and range of the published works of our distinguished scholars.

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NewsOctober 31, 2018
Three LBJ School-mentored teams win inaugural President’s Award for Global Learning

Three undergraduate research teams mentored by faculty from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin are among the inaugural seven recipients of the President’s Award for Global Learning. The President's Award provides up to $25,000 and fully funded travel to implement research, social impact and entrepreneurship projects in seven regions across the world during summer 2019.

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NewsJuly 23, 2018
LBJ School co-hosts APPAM 2018 International Conference in Mexico City

"Public Policy for Sustainable Metropolitan Development" was the theme of the 2018 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) International Conference in Mexico City, Mexico. The LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Instituto Tecnólogico Autónomo de Méxic (ITAM) jointly organized the conference, which was held July 19–20, 2018.

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