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Jose Lobo

Jose Lobo

Clinical Associate Professor, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures


School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • Clinical Associate Professor, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures
  • Faculty Associate, Department of Economics, W. P. Carey School of Business


José Lobo is interested in determinants of metropolitan economic performance and location-specific economic growth; the application of machine learning, data mining and spatial statistics methods to the study of socioeconomic data; causes and consequences of urban size and scale; and how the characteristics of individuals, organizations, institutions and social networks interact to create "regions of innovation." Professor Lobo has acted as visiting researcher at the Santa Fe Institute and Italy's Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia. Currently, he is on the faculty steering committee for Arizona State University's Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity and associate research professor in the School of Sustainability at ASU. He joined ASU in 2005.


  • PhD, Regional Science, Cornell University, 1996
  • MS, Regional Science, Cornell University, 1992
  • BS, Physics, Cornell University, 1984


Journal Articles


Solecki, W., N. Grimm, P. Marcotullio, C. Boone, J. Lobo, A. Luque, P. Romero-Lankao, A. Young, R. Zimmerman, R. Breitzer, C. Griffith, M. Watkins and A. Aylett. 2019. Extreme events and climate adaptation‐mitigation linkages: Understanding low‐carbon transitions in the era of global urbanization. WIREs: Climate Change 10(5):e616. DOI: 10.1002/wcc.616. (link )


Shutters, S. T., R. Muneepeerakul and J. Lobo. 2016. Constrained pathways to a creative urban economy. Urban Studies 53(16):3439-3454. DOI: 10.1177/0042098015616892. (link )

Shutters, S. T., R. Muneepeerakul and J. Lobo. 2016. How hard is it for urban economies to become "green"?. Environment and Planning B Planning and Design 43(1):198-209. DOI: 10.1177/0265813515600108. (link )


Shutters, S. T., R. Muneepeerakul and J. Lobo. 2015. Quantifying urban economic resilience through labour force interdependence. Palgrave Communications 1:Article 15010. DOI: 10.1057/palcomms.2015.10. (link )


Muneepeerakul, R., J. Lobo, S. T. Shutters, A. Goméz-Liévano and M. R. Qubbaj. 2013. Urban economies and occupation space: Can they get "there" from "here"?. PLOS One 8(9):e73676. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0073676. (link )


Strumsky, D., J. Lobo and S. van der Leeuw. 2012. Using patent technology codes to study technological change. Economics of Innovation and New Technology 21(3):267-286. DOI: 10.1080/10438599.2011.578709. (link )


Betancourt, L. M., J. Lobo, D. Helbing, C. Kuhnert and G. B. West. 2007. Growth, innovation, scaling and the pace of life in cities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 104(17):7301-7306.

Book Chapters


Bettencourt, L. M., J. Lobo and G. B. West. 2009. Chapter 7 The self similarity of human social organization and dynamics in cities. Pp. 221-236 In: Lane, D., D. Pumain, S. E. van der Leeuw and G. B. West eds., Complexity Perspectives in Innovation and Social Change. Springer Netherlands. ISBN: 978-1-4020-9662-4.



Jones, M., H. Oliver, J. Lobo and K. L. Larson. 2015. How can flood effects be best mitigated in the Southwest?. Poster presented at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, April 27, 2015, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.


Shochat, E., J. Lobo, J. M. Anderies, P. S. Warren, S. H. Faeth and C. H. Nilon. 2007. Productivity, inequality, and biodiversity loss in human-dominated ecosystems. Poster presented at the January 10, 2007 CAP LTER Ninth Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.. (link )



Lobo, J. and S. E. van der Leeuw. 2005. Allometric scaling and urban systems. Presented at 7-12 August 2005 90th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Montreal, Canada.



Lobo, J., M. Alberti, M. Allen-Dumas, E. Arcaute, M. Barthelemy, L. A. Bojorquez-Tapia, S. Brail, L. M. Bettencourt, A. Beukes, W. Chen, R. Florida, M. Gonzalez, N. Grimm, M. Hamilton, C. Kempes, C. E. Kontokosta, C. Mellander, Z. Neal, S. Ortman, D. Pfeiffer, M. Price, A. Revi, C. Rozenblat, D. Rybski, M. Siemiatycki, S. T. Shutters, M. E. Smith, E. Stokes, D. Strumsky, G. B. West, D. White, J. Wu, V. C. Yang, A. York and H. Youn. 2020. Urban science: Integrated theory from the first cities to sustainable metropolises. Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation. Report submitted to the NSF on the Present State and Future of Urban Science Research Paper Series. (link )


Lobo, J., M. Allen-Dumas, L. M. Bettencourt, A. Beukes, Z. Neal, D. Pfeiffer, M. E. Smith, E. Stokes, D. Strumsky and J. Wu. 2019. Graduate Education for a New Sustainable Urban Systems Science: Designing a New PhD Curriculum Integrating Sustainability Science and Urban Science. School of Sustainability, Arizona State University. Conference Report (link )