Dr. Cadena-Gaitán serves as Academic Coordinator at the Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies –Urbam– at EAFIT University, where he coordinates the Masters in Urban and Environmental Processes and internal research projects.
His main research interests include urban transport, air quality, urban governance, and education for sustainable development.
Carlos obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Maastricht in 2014, and since then has been an affiliated researcher at the United Nations University Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT). He was the director of the 4th World Bike Forum, which gathered 7000 people in Medellín. Due to that role and other art and urban activism initiatives, he was granted the 2015 "Future Sustainability Leader" Prize by the Danish Think-Tank Sustainia, and was nominated to the "Inspired Leadership Award" by The Performance Theatre in London.