Founded in 1982 near Ensenada, the center’s mission is to study the economic, environmental, social and cultural aspects unique to the region between Mexico and the United States. Its research influences public policy in Mexico and is disseminated by journalists on both sides of the border. Guillén López has focused on such subjects as regional politics, the modernization of local government and decentralization of power.
He has a Ph.D. in social science with a specialty in sociology. Previously, he was a professor at Mexico’s National Autonomous University (UNAM), and the Autonomous Universities in Coahuila and Chiapas. He has been a visiting professor in other national and international institutions.
He has written 15 books and more than 60 book chapters and numerous articles for academic publications. And he participates in national and international events focusing on the border region.
He is a member of the Researchers’ National System, the Mexican Academy of Science and the national Science and Technology Forum. Previously, he was coordinator of the Social Science and Economic Committee (CONACYT), president of Researchers in Mexico’s Local Governments (2004-2007) and Executive Coordinator of the Award for Local Government and Administration in 2005 and 2006.