CRIT is committed to research and teaching on urban development and its impact on economy and society

The research group on Creativity, Innovation and Urban Transformation (CRIT) is a consolidated research group of University of Barcelona recognized as such by the Generalitat de Catlaunya.

It is formed by an interdisciplinary team, including economists, sociologists, anthropologists and philosophers from three departments of the faculty of economics and business of the University of Barcelona: the department of Economic Theory,  the department of Sociological Theory, Philosophy of Law and Methodology of Social Sciences, and the department of Sociology and Analysis of Organisations.

CRIT  researchers develop comparative research with interdisciplinary approaches in different topics:

Analysis of the transformation of urban governance in cities and metropolitan regions and its consequences in terms of provison of social policies, economic development and the growth of social inequalities.
Transformations of citizenship in the global world, with focus on the construction of new forms of social citizenship. Analysis of the emergence of an European citizenship
Analysis of socially innovative processes against social inequalities. Social Innovation is understood as collective processes of provision of uncovered needs, empowerment and changing relations of power. We analyse the role of civil society and public administrations in the development of these processes
Analysis of the social consequences of urban regeneration projects with special emphasis on the role of housing policies and the transformation of neighbourhoods.
This research line focuses on environmental change in the urban context and the transformation of cities towards ecological sustainability, taking attention to the social conflict in these transformations
Analysis of the relation between educational systems, careers and social inequalities, with special attention to the relation between local welfare systems and the opportunities they offer to young people.
Analysis of strategies and approaches to urban competitiveness in the global arena, focusing on the key elements of urban models and paradigms for economic growth. Special attention is held to new models to foster innovation and creativity in the urban context.

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