At IN3, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Dr Ramon Ribera Fumaz will contribute to the network in three areas: organisationally he will manage the relationships with local stakeholders particularly in terms of targeted publications; empirically, he will be in charge of the Barcelona case study building on his previous comparative work on urban restructuring and the role of cultural industries in regeneration strategies in this city and Manchester and carry out fieldwork for over 2 weeks at another case study location (possibly Leeds or Cagliari); and theoretically he will contribute his ongoing work on cultural political economy and specifically his expertise on urban economics and policy analysis of international institutions.
Overview of Ramon:
After graduating and working as an economist in Barcelona, Dr Ramon Ribera-Fumaz moved to Manchester where he completed a PhD in Geography on neo-liberalism and entrepreneurial city strategies in Manchester and Barcelona. He joined the Institute for Advanced Studies at Lancaster University as a post-doctoral fellow in January 2005, leaving in February 2007 for a lectureship at the Universita Oberta de Catalunya (the Catalonian Open University). His main interests are the study of uneven development and processes of urban restructuring and have extended to include cultural political economy and the political economy of the Mediterranean basin. His work engages with different disciplines: cultural and economic geography, urban studies, planning, economics, political science, discourse analysis, and cultural studies. Previous research has focused on cultural political economy, cultural policy, and the creative industries and included further research on the UK city of Manchester as well as on the towns of Preston and Wigan.