Hannah Abdullah

Senior Research Fellow

  • Thematic lines of research: Global cities and metropolises.

Professional experience

Hannah Abdullah is a Senior Research Fellow with the Global Cities Programme at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs). Her current research focuses on city diplomacy in the areas of climate change and culture, with a focus on the Euro-Mediterranean region. Recent publications include work on the role of cities in global and European governance and the transition towards sustainable development. Hannah 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). She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Chair for Cultural Sociology at the Technische Universität Dresden, and has taught and lectured at the LSE, the University of Leipzig and Pompeu Fabra University. Before joining CIDOB she held the position of 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 is an affiliated researcher at the Centre for the Study of Culture, Politics and Society (CECUPS) at the University of Barcelona.


    CAScading Climate risks: towards ADaptive and resilient European Societies

    CASCADES analyzes the impact of climate change on livelihoods, economies and political systems outside Europe, the implications of such impact for Europe and what European foreign policy could do to mitigate associated risks.

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.