Marc Pradel-Miquel

Marc Pradel-Miquel
University of Barcelona | UB · Department of Sociology

PhD Sociology

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Introduction
Marc Pradel-Miquel currently works at the Department of Sociology, University of Barcelona. Marc does research in Urban Sociology. Their current project is 'INNOSOGO - Prácticas emergentes para ciudades en transformación'.
Additional affiliations
September 2009 - April 2021
University of Barcelona
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Professor of Urban Sociology and environmental sociology

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Publications (48)
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The development of metropolitan regions shows increasing patterns of polycentrism, with growing relevance of small and medium-sized municipalities, suburbs and outskirts, which become economic subcentres within enlarging metropolitan realities. Nevertheless, governance analysis has focused primarily on the role of central cities or on the metropoli...
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Nowadays, knowledge, culture and creativity are cornerstones of cities’ strategies for local development. Following different approaches, cities are trying to develop knowledge and creative districts/neighbourhoods to foster economic growth in the new economy. Nevertheless there are several contradictions between the knowledge economy and the creat...
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This paper revisits the relevance of conflict in governance and citizenship practices in cities. Europe national urban policies were readjusted in terms of economic policies and state expenditures in the 1980s and then again and more severely after the 2008 financial and economic crisis. Policy discourses in urban policy have emphasised the benefic...
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The main focus of Social Innovation and Urban Governance: Citizenship, Civil Society and Social Movements is the impact of socially innovative initiatives and citizen practices on (local) governance in Southern European cities before and after the 2008 financial crisis. This book explains the micro-architecture of civil society organizations and so...
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This article analyses recent urban regeneration projects in Barcelona, focusing especially on the role of bottom-up practices and their consideration and inclusion in urban regeneration policies. In a context of social and political mobilisation against austerity, the combination of these two elements gives rise to the emergence of bottom-linked pr...
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The term “urban revolution” has been used to describe the social transformations that gave rise to city‐states during the Neolithic Age, and more broadly to refer to the growing centrality of urban life. Urban revolution refers to the historical shift from agricultural settlements to complex and dense communities constituting systems of trade and p...
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Social innovation has become the center of many of the public and political debates in the last decade, as a result of the financial and economic crisis and the austerity policies implemented in a large part of Europe. Both national and local governments and the private sector have wanted to see social innovation as an instrument to improve the wel...
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Analysis of urban governance models not only requires consideration of the structural context but also the specific local conditions of cities. The evolution of the Barcelona and Madrid urban governance models show an extreme complexity and strong particularities for both cases. This study is based on a series of in-depth interviews with public aut...
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Spain is one of the European countries that have been strongly hit by the 2008–2009 economic and financial crisis. During the expansion period (2000–2007), the strength of GDP growth stemmed from an important increase in the country’s real estate sector. However, this model proved to be highly unsustainable after 2007 when the rise in unemployment...
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Spanish cities have suffered increasing social inequality after the 2008 economic crisis and austerity policies. However, harshening social conditions have also led to ‘acts of citizenship’. Against the background of Marshallian and Tocquevillean takes on citizenship and civil society this paper analyses the emergence of the political confluence th...
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This seminal edited collection examines the impact of austerity and economic crisis on European cities. Whilst on the one hand the struggle for competitiveness has induced many European cities to invest in economic performance and attractiveness, on the other, national expenditure cuts and dominant neo-liberal paradigms have led many to retrench pu...
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In response to the economic crisis in Southern European cities, citizens have turned to political unrest. This article analyzes these responses in terms of the return of ?reciprocity practices? parallel to forms of informality more commonly seen in cities of the Global South. Citizen self-organization to cover basic needs can be read as a strategy...
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Local economic development in European cities has been based on the strengthening of innovation and creativity through culture-based urban renewal. Nevertheless, artists and creators have often played a residual role in the definition of these processes. This article analyses the role of artists in urban renewal through the analysis of two socially...
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Until 2007, many Spanish cities developed ambitious policies and programmes to foster the creative economy in a context of economic expansion mainly driven by the growth of the real estate sector. The goal was common but the means were considerably diverse. Currently, the development of creative sectors and the emergence of new economic activities...
Conference Paper
With the financial crisis, responses to environmental problems in European cities are increasingly based on privatisation of water and energy companies, and the promotion of technological approaches to increase efficiency and reduce pollution and energy consumption under the policy concept of 'smart city'. This paradigm promotes energy efficiency w...
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With the economic crisis and the retreat of welfare services, European cities are witnessing the reemergence of informal practices creating reciprocity mechanisms and informal markets as well as non-formal, reciprocity-based forms of provision of housing, healthcare and other services. Nevertheless, the strength and the emergence of these practices...
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The purpose of this article is that of analysing institutionalisation processes of professional activities linked to cognitive and cultural sectors in two different urban contexts: Milan and Barcelona. Similarities with and differences between respective outcomes will be underlined. The process is observed also in relation to the deep economic cris...
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This chapter examines the policies pursued by European capital and non-capital cities in their search for competitive advantage generally and in particular regarding the development of the creative-knowledge economy. We argue that it is essential to take a broad approach to understanding the competitiveness of cities that integrates both urban-spec...
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When tailored policies for cities are being developed, it is relevant to consider the role of city size. The spatial distribution of creative and knowledge-intensive industries tends to be hierarchical; however, that does not mean that smaller cities are relegated from the competition. Smaller cities may benefit from different strategies and polici...
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Il presente saggio analizza lo sviluppo delle politiche per lo sviluppo economico e per l'integrazione sociale nella città di Barcellona. A partire dalle celebrazioni per i Giochi Olimpici del 1992, infatti, la città è stata considerata un modello di integrazione di strategie di sviluppo economico e coesione sociale. In questa sede si andranno ad a...
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This paper aims to analyse the emergence of forms of local welfare in territories under economic transformation. Traditionally welfare states have been conceived with a national dimension. Nevertheless, with the emergence of multi-level governance, local and regional levels are playing a stronger role in the delivery of social policies. The paper e...
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Changes in governance are fostering the creative and knowledge economy around Europe. The aim of this article is to show how different institutions and governance mechanisms contribute to promoting the creative and knowledge economy as the cornerstone of economic growth in the Barcelona Metropolitan Region (BMR). Not only will the involvement of pu...
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The paper examines the relation between socially creative strategies in the face of social exclusion and governance dynamics. The main research question is "to what extent can existing local governance mechanisms and practices be influenced by social innovation in European cities?". This question has been addressed in the frame of the KATARSIS, a C...
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En nuestro sistema político, los medios de comunicación no son agentes neutros, sino que desempeñan un papel central en la legitimación de las instituciones políticas. La consolidación de la UE ha significado el surgimiento de un entramado institucional supranacional con nuevos actores e instituciones que muchas veces son cuestionadas por su falta...

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Projects (2)
Archived project
Coordination Action (CA) under European Commission Framework-6 Programme, coordinated by Global Urban Research Unit (GURU), Newcastle University, UK PI: Dr. Frank Moulaert; Dr. Marisol Garcia (UB). 2007-2008
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Social innovation in Spanish cities against social exclusion and inequalities. Comparing Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Zaragoza. The list of researchers is completed by Maria Luisa Lourés (University of Zaragoza)