The activities of the IERMB are developed in the fields of research, training and diffusion.


The IERMB organize its activity in eight thematic areas of research: social and urban cohesion; housing; coexistence and urban security; regional and urban economy; mobility; ecology and territory; sustainable urban development; governance and public policies. Next to the thematic areas, five transversal services are offered that offer support for research: cartography; statistics; computer science; field work and research support; and administration and human resources. The Institute also develops the Barcelona Metropolitan Indicators System (SIMBA) and the Cartographic Database of Equipments in the metropolitan area of Barcelona. IERMB participates in several international research networks.


The IERMB and the Autonomous University of Barcelona offer the Metropolitan Master’s Degree in Urban and Metropolitan Studies, as a UAB own degree. The master’s degree, of 60 credits, is structured in two itineraries: the analysis of metropolitan dynamics, oriented towards the formation of academic trajectories; and governance of the metropolitan politics, oriented to the formation of professional trajectories. The IERMB, together with the IGOP (UAB), offer the course Cities in crisis and new urban policies, through the online platform MOOCS (Massive Open On-line Course).


The IERMB is committed to the diffusion of the processes and the results of the research. The dissemination is structured through: a) the publications of the Institute (Papers Journal, Metropolitan Yearbook, AMB in Figures, Electronic Newsletter); b) the spaces and tools for debate (Espai Metropolis, Quaderns de l’Espai Metròpolis, Working Papers of the IERMB); c) the documentation service (documentation center, newsletters of the documentation center and digital resources repository).


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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