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Ivette Arroyo

PhD, MRes, MSc, Architect

Born: 1969

Nationality: Ecuadorian

Languages: Spanish, English, Swedish, German

Ivette Arroyo has more than 17 years of experience working with housing, poverty alleviation and urban research. Working experience as practitioner, lecturer, and researcher. She worked for both the private sector and the academia in Ecuador from 1995-2010. Ex-director of the former Institute for Urban and Regional Planning (IPUR) at Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil, Ecuador. Postgraduate education carried out in the United Kingdom (1998), Spain (2010) and Sweden. Licentiate degree from Lund University in 2013 on organized self-help housing in Costa Rica and Ecuador. PhD degree from Lund University in 2019 on housing recovery and user involvement after disasters focusing on areas affected by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Currently doing research on sustainable ways of living together and intergenerational and multicultural integration in Sweden. Guest lecturer and tutor in the postgraduate course Urban Shelter Workshop and Urban Shelter Theory, carried out by Housing Development & management at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Lund University.

Interested in housing research, post-disaster housing, adaptive building reuse, urban crisis and resilience, critical realism, mix-methods and participatory methods.


2019     Arroyo, I., User involvement in housing recovery: Cases from Haiyan affected areas in the Philippines. Thesis 12, Architecture & Built Environment, Housing Development & Management, Lund University, Sweden.

2019b    Arroyo I. and Åstrand, J., User involvement in housing recovery after typhoon Haiyan from a capability perspective. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 38, 101158.

2019a    Arroyo, I. and Åstrand, J., Housing recovery outcomes after typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines: a critical realist perspective. Journal of Critical Realism, 18(2), pp. 142-168.

2018      Johansson, E.; Wasim Yahia, M.; Arroyo, I.; and Bengs, C., Outdoor thermal comfort in public space in warm-humid Guayaquil, Ecuador. International Journal of Biometeorology, 62 (3), pp. 387-399. Link:

2015      Arroyo, I., Building Resilience through Housing Reconstruction in Areas Affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines: Users Involvement and Incremental Growth for Medium-rise Buildings. In: A. M. Garland, ed. Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, Inclusion, and the Informal Economy. A New Generation of Ideas. Washington D.C.: Wilson Center, pp. 67-92. Link:

2013      Arroyo, I., Organized self-help housing as an enabling shelter & development strategy. Lessons from current practice, institutional approaches and projects in developing countries. Licentiate thesis 9. Housing Development & Management, Lund: Lund University. Link:  

2013b    Arroyo, I., & Åstrand, J., Organized Self-help Housing as a Method for achieving more Sustainable Human Settlements. In: J.V. Coetzee, ed. Human Settlements Review 2cond edition. Self-help housing in the context of developing sustainable human settlements, Republic of South Africa: Department of Human Settlements. Link:  

2013a    Arroyo, I. & Åstrand, J., Organized Self-help Housing: lessons from practice with an international perspective. In Kajewski, S.; Manley, K. & Hampson, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th International CIB World Building Congress. Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology. Link:


2011      Arroyo, I., Habitabilidad Básica para la Zona Noroeste de Guayaquil, En Arroyo, I. (Ed.), Habitabilidad Básica para todos: Una Necesidad Urgente, Revista AUC 29-30, páginas 54-70, Facultad de Arquitectura y Diseño, Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil. Link:

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