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Mercè Cortina-Oriol holds a PhD in Politics from the University of the Basque Country, a Postgraduate Degree in Participatory Democracy, a PGCert in Higher Education and an Honours Degree in Political Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Currently, Mercè is a María Zambrano researcher at the Department of Political Science and Public Law of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, affiliated to IGOP (Institute of Government and Public Policies). Previously, she was a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Urban Politics at the Department of Political Science (Politics, People and Place) at De Montfort University Leicester in the UK, with affiliation to the Center for Urban Research on Austerity, where she acted as the Head of Research Students.
Her research focuses on Urban Policies, Local Governance systems, Social Movements and Public Policy Analysis. In recent years, she has focused on analyzing urban governance strategies in the context of austerity and the emerging forms of innovation in public policy processes, as well as the dynamics of spatial segregation in the urban sphere.
Throughout her career, Mercè Cortina has participated in up to 13 competitive research projects and nine projects in collaboration with institutions, especially local governments in the Basque Country. Recently, Mercè Cortina has published in journals such as the Journal of Urban Affairs and Critical Policy Studies and for publishers such as Routledge and Bristol University Press, among others.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate, PGCert in Higher Education, De Montfort University (DMU)

Award Date: 30 Jun 2020

Ph. D., Ph.D. Political Science, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

Award Date: 12 Apr 2013

Postgraduate, Participatory Democracy, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

Award Date: 30 Jun 2005

Degree, Honours Degree in Politics

Award Date: 15 Feb 2004


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