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Andreina Seijas J. is a Venezuelan communications professional and policy consultant currently specializing in night-time planning and policy as part of her doctoral degree at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Previously, Andreina was the Information Manager for the Mayor’s Office of the Chacao municipality in Caracas, worked as Policy Associate at Americas Society/ Council of the Americas and Editorial Associate for policy journal Americas Quarterly in New York City, and worked for the Housing and Urban Development Division at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C. 

Andreina studies the urban night, in other words, how cities can become safer, more inclusive and productive by creating quality spaces for work and leisure after dark.  Her research looks at how policy and planning can accommodate more elastic and efficient uses of urban spaces throughout the day and analyzes the relevance of new forms of urban governance—such as the emerging role of ‘night mayors’—as mechanisms to facilitate conflict resolution at night. As part of her research, in 2017 she published a guide with Sound Diplomacy that gathers 11 case studies from cities that are innovating in the way they plan and manage their night scenes. In 2018, she co-curated Nocturnal Cities, the first Latin American Conference on Managing the Urban Night that took place in Bogota, Colombia.

Andreina has presented lectures and papers in seminars and international conferences organized by Harvard University, McGill University, Leiden University, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI), the Office of the Mayor of New York City, the Urban Design Forum, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Her work was also featured at the XX Architecture and Urbanism Biennial in Valparaíso, a city that she is currently helping design a strategy to leverage its nightlife as a platform to showcase its cultural heritage. 

Andreina has a Communications degree from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics, and a Master in Public Administration and Non-Profit management from New York University. She is also the recipient of several awards, including the Chevening and Fulbright Scholarships, the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship and the Lawrence H. and Marla G. Curtis Fellowship Fund.

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