Hannah Abdullah

Researcher and project manager

  • Issues: Global Cities.
  • Languages: English, German, Spanish

Professional experience

Hannah Abdullah is a researcher in CIDOB´s (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) 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.


Newspaper articles and blogs 

 Journal articles 

  • with Hansen, J. ‘Even Clean Hands Leave Marks: Testing the Edges of the Artwork at Tate Modern’, in: OPuS – Revue Sociologie de l’Art18, 2011, 75-110. 
  • with Benzer, M. ‘Thinking the New: Introduction to “ … Our Fate as a Living Corpse” An Interview with Boris Groys’, in: Theory, Culture & Society 28 (2), 2011, 69-93. 

Book Chapters 

Book Reviews 

  • ‘Review of Hutter, M. and D. Thorsby eds. Beyond Price. Value in Culture, Economics and the Arts. Cambridge University Press 2008’, in: British Journal of Sociology61 (1), 2010, 202-203. 
  • ‘Review of Petersson, D. and E. Steinskog eds. Actualities of Aura: Twelve Studies of Walter Benjamin. Aarhus University Press 2006’, in: British Journal of Sociology58 (2), 2007, 335-336.
El País – Seres Urbanos - Jun 21, 2018

En defensa del espacio público democrático

“Como han demostrado las últimas elecciones en Italia, Austria, Alemania y Francia, existe un creciente apoyo popular hacia partidos que cuestionan los principios liberales de apertura, inclusión y derechos de refugiados en los principales países de la Unión Europea. La manera en cómo estos cambios políticos darán forma a los espacios públicos de las ciudades europeas aún está por ver. Lo que sí sabemos es que un observatorio como el premio es hoy aún más necesario que cuando se fundó hace dos décadas” Hannah Abdullah, investigadora en el Programa de Ciudades Globales de CIDOB.