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


The IERMB focuses its activity on seven thematic research areas: social and urban cohesion; coexistence and urban security; regional and urban economics; mobility; urban sustainability; ecology and territory; governance and public policies. Two autonomous units are deployed next to the thematic areas: the Metropolitan Housing Observatory and the Barcelona Institute for Children and Adolescents. And five cross-cutting services that support research: cartography; statistics; computer science; fieldwork and research support; and management and human resources. The Institute also develops the Barcelona Metropolitan Indicator System (SIMBA) and the Cartographic Base of Equipment in the metropolitan area of Barcelona. The IERMB participates in various 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).

You can download the following documents:

Synthesis Research Strategy 2020-23
Research Strategy 2020-23
2022 work plan


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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