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20/06/2016 - Institutional news

"Healthy Cities and Environmental Justice", a new research group at the IMIM

An Institute of Science and Technology (ICTA) group

The Research Programme into Epidemiology and Public Health now incorporates the "Healthy Cities and Environmental Justice" research group coordinated by Isabelle Anguelovski. This group at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), attached to the IMIM, focuses on the social determinants of healthy and fair cities and as well as the social and health impact of environmental inequality resulting from urban planning decisions and action. The group's coordinator joined the IMIM in early June and it is planned that the rest of the team will be incorporated in September.

Isabelle Anguelovski is a senior researcher and principal investigator in the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at the UAB. A social scientist specialising in urban and environmental planning (PhD, MIT, 2011), her research takes place at the meeting point between urban planning and politics, social inequality, and development studies. She graduated in political studies from Sciences Po Lille (2000) and obtained a Masters in International Development from the University of Paris-Sorbonne 1 (2001). In addition, she did a postgraduate course in NGO management at the University of Harvard (2004). In 2011, she got her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, 2011) and returned to Europe with a Marie Curie International Fellowship.

As well as more than 20 articles published in indexed journals (many of them as the only author) and two books (the most recent published in 2014 by MIT Press), her work has been recognised with various awards: in 2014, she received the Burgen Scholarship from the European Academy, an organisation with 2,000 members from 35 European and eight non-European countries that promotes learning, education and research; in 2013, she was awarded the National Prize for Young Talent, an annual honour given to students aged under 36, in Spain.

Currently, Isabelle Anguelovski is embarking on a new research project funded by an ERC Starting Grant with which she will assess the social and racial impacts of new green services in 20 European and 20 US cities, and examine under what conditions the greenest cities can also be fair and inclusive.

We invite you to get to know Isabelle Anguelovski and her project at the IMIM a little better through this video:

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