The main objective of IERMB is to develop research activities related to the social, environmental, economic and territorial dynamics of the metropolitan area of Barcelona, as well as their interaction with the whole of the metropolitan region of Catalonia and from the European sphere. The research of IERMB is also aimed to support the policies and strategies of the metropolis development, in order to move towards a model of inclusive, sustainable, innovative and shared prosperity. A polycentric and resilient metropolis, with social and urban cohesion. The main lines of research of the IERMB are organized around the following areas:

  • Social and urban cohesion
  • Dynamics and policies of housing
  • Coexistence and urban security
  • Regional and urban economy
  • Dynamics and mobility policies
  • Ecology and territory
  • Sustainable urban development
  • Governance and public policies

The IERMB also develops the Barcelona Metropolitan Indicators System (SIMBA) as a comprehensive platform of indicators linked to all areas of research, and the Cartographic Database of Equipments in the metropolitan area of Barcelona.

The IERMB search is structured around three components. A) The Metropolitan Information Systems (surveys on the set of thematic areas) in order to provide the metropolitan area with a solid and up-to-date knowledge base infrastructure. B) Applied Research studies, in order to respond to the specific needs of support to municipal and metropolitan governments in the development of their policies and action plans. C) The Basic Research projects, in order to participate in the production of advanced knowledge in the academic and university field.

IERMB develops its research based on a strong commitment to the metropolitan environment and incorporates, at the same time, a global dimension. In this sense, the Institute is part of International Networks for research and exchange of knowledge with other research areas and urban institutions in Europe, North America and Latin America.


The Barcelona Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies (Institut d’Estudis Regionals i Metropolitans de Barcelona) has its social headquarters in the Bellaterra campus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona).


AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITY OF BARCELONA (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Campus of Bellaterra
Plaça del Coneixement, edifici MRA, planta 2
08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)
tel.: + 34 93 586 88 80
fax: + 34 93 581 44 33

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