Sofiaâ€™s research interests include topics in urban, regional and housing economics, transportation economics and public economics. Current research interests include efficiency and distributional impacts of land use policies and parking policies, effects of tax policies on housing markets, determinants of real estate prices, urban quality of life, and factors that contribute to urban sprawl, urban renewal and decay.
Sofia F. Franco is an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) at Nova School of Business and Economics (Nova SBE). She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California in Santa Barbara in 2007, and was a faculty member at the University of California-Riverside and a visiting Assistant Professor at Pomona College, U.S., before coming to Nova SBE in 2010.
Sofia has also been a consultant to the World Bank and to the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, Maryland, U.S, on topics related to urban development and zoning policies. Sofia is currently a resident member of Nova Africa Center for Business and Economic Development and a research member of UECE.
Most of Sofiaâ€™s research lies at the boundaries of environmental, urban and real estate economics, and uses state-of-the-art econometric and computable general equilibrium methods, as well as geographical information (GIS) tools. Sofia has published scholarly articles dealing with the efficiency and distributional impacts of anti-sprawl policies, urban sprawl and land use change in the United States. Additional work has focused on the impacts of minimum parking requirements on urban sprawl, land consumption and real estate prices. A further branch of research has examined the impacts of urban growth controls on forest management practices. Her research has appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals such as the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Urban Economics and Transportation Research-Part A.