Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia. Catalonia, located in the northeast of Spain, is a region of a considerable dimension in Europe with more than seven million inhabitants. Catalonia had a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of €216,923 billion in 2008, representing 20% of the Spanish GDP and reaching a per capita GDP 22% higher than that of the European Union. Barcelona is one of the 10 largest urban areas in Europe in terms of population. With more than 1,600,000 inhabitants, the city is the nucleus of a metropolitan region of close to 5,000,000 people, who represent 11% of the population of Spain. The economy of Barcelona is widely diversified with a considerable tertiary-sector component involving a high concentration of value-added services and a level of industrial activity that stands out in the context of European metropolises.Leading Cities’ Team Coordinator: Joaquin Rodriguez Álvarez, Autonomous University of Barcelona
Joaquín Rodríguez has a Ph.D. by the Autonomous University of Barcelona; he has a master in International Relations with a specialization in Peace and Security Studies by the IBEI (Barcelona’s Institute of International Relations) and a postgraduate degree in Project’s Management by the center of high academic studies of the Organization of Ibero-American States. He works as a researcher at the Research Center of Risk Governance and he was also working as researcher at the Deutsch-Französisches Institut.
Among his publications, the following are of particular significance: Migration und Integration in Europa (Migration and integration in Europe) and Europa, La encrucijada de la civilización capitalista (The crossroads of capitalist civilization)