I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics (School of Economics and Business, Universitat de Barcelona) and a Researcher at the Barcelona Institut of Economics (IEB) where I run the Research Program ‘Cities’. I am the director of the Chair UB Smart Cities. I am also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR, London) and at CESifo (Munich).
My research interests include urban economics, economic geography and public economics.
Current research topics include: agglomeration economies and the location of firms; the impact of infrastructures on city growth and suburbanization; urban congestion and pollution, the effectiveness of city development policies, land use regulation and city growth and the political economy of coastal destruction.