Hannah Abdullah is a researcher in CIDOB´s Global Cities Programme. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics (LSE), an MSc in Cultural Sociology from the LSE and a BA in Art History and Spanish from University College London (UCL). Before joining CIDOB she held the position of Cultural Programme Curator at the Goethe-Institut New York (Germany´s cultural institute), where she developed and managed programmes on architecture and urban issues, among others. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Chair for Cultural Sociology at the Technische Universität Dresden and she has taught and lectured at the LSE, Universität Leipzig and Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Her current research focuses on city diplomacy and international cultural relations, urban cultural policy analysis from an international comparative perspective, and the role of culture in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is an affiliated researcher at the Centre for the Study of Culture, Politics and Society (CECUPS) at Universitat de Barcelona.
She has a degree in Psychology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and a graduate from the University Ramon Llull (URL) on systemic social intervention. After several years in private business, she entered the field of socio-economic studies as a Project Manager on the third sector in the Observatori del Tercer Sector. She was later on a consultant on social services at Impuls al Benestar and a Project Manager at CIREM Foundation and UAB, where she specialized in European and international projects, with a special focus on research project funded by the European Commission (7th Framework Programme).
Graduate in Philosophy from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and Master's in International Relations from CIDOB; his dissertation focused on human rights in the agreements between the EU and Turkey, his main areas of interest are: Spain's foreign relations, Euro-Mediterranean relations and Turkey's progress toward becoming an EU member, analysis of international conflicts and the United Nations system. He has participated in international missions as an electoral observer, and has acted as adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. He is the coordinator of the CIDOB International Yearbook and the Immigration in Spain Yearbook.
Graduate in Political Science, specializing in International Relations (Autonomous University of Barcelona), he has taught East Asia Studies at the Open University of Catalonia. He has been a research assistant on CIDOB's Asia Program since 2009. His main areas of interest are: comparative politics and conflict analysis, with particular emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region. In 2014 obtained a Degree in Data Visualization from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He is member of the team involved in the Atlantic Future Project (EU funded project under the FP7 Framework). He is co-coordinator of CIDOB’s International Yearbook. Between 2004 and 2013 he was coordinator of the Asia Pacific Yearbook, a book coedited by CIDOB, Casa Asia and the Royal Elcano Institute.
Research Project Manager since 2006, with experience on the promotion, coordination and economic management of international projects primarily from the European Commission Funding Programmes (H2020, FP7,..). Holding a degree in Political Science and Administration (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), a postgraduate degree in Economic Management and Financial Control (IDEC-UPF), and pursueing a Master's degree in Public Management (UAB-UPF-UB). Specialized in the management of large consortiums and complex projects mostly from the research fields of social and environmental sciences. Previously, she was project manager at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (2012-2018), the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (2009-2012) and the Ramon Llull University (2007-2009) and research assistant at the IESE Business School (2006-2007).
Lorenzo Vidal is a Researcher in CIDOB’s Global Cities programme. Holds a PhD in Political Science, Public Policies and International Relations from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), is a collaborator of the Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP) and associate lecturer at the Department of Political Science and Public Law at the UAB. He has been a visiting researcher at the Copenhagen Business School and at the University of the Republic of Uruguay. He holds a Master’s degree in International Economics and Development from the Complutense University of Madrid and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Warwick. His main research interests centre on (the critique of) housing and urban political economy, digital transformations and the real-estate sector, cooperativism and the institutions of the common.