The IERMB main objective is to develop research activities related to social, economic and territorial dynamics of the metropolitan area of Barcelona, and the interaction of these with the whole metropolitan region of Catalonia and the European level. Research in the IERMB is also aimed at supporting policies and development strategies of the metropolis, to advance an inclusive, sustainable, innovative and shared prosperity model. A polycentric and resilient metropolis with social and urban cohesion. The main lines of research IERMB are articulated around the following areas:

  • Social and Urban Cohesion
  • Housing Policies
  • Coexistence and Urban Safety
  • Regional and Urban Economy
  • Mobility policies
  • Sustainable urban development
  • Ecology and Territory
  • Governance and Public Policy
  • Metropolitan indicators systems

Each of these areas incorporates basic research projects (surveys and analysis of the resulting information, and projects won in public calls) and applied research projects based on specific needs of local and metropolitan governments.

The IERMB is also committed to the dissemination and debate about the processes and results of the investigation. Dissemination, through a plan of publications in several formats: Magazine Papers; Metropolitan yearbook, AMB figures; the annual report of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor; Working Papers of the Institute; and the Report of the ECVHP. Debate activities through Metropolis, a space for reflection on the metropolitan reality and new scenarios municipalism; a space for expression of social, community and political actors, and scholars.


The Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies of Barcelona (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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