Barcelona’gov is a network of research and advanced training centres formed by three of the most outstanding university centres in Barcelona as well as the local City Council. The partnership of these four institutions ensures a high-level training offer on government, public policies and governance aimed at politicians and professionals specializing in public policies in general and more specifically, in local policies and management.


Barcelona City Council

The Barcelona City Council promotes a new approach to local policies and governance. This shift in governance, with increased transparency and open to all citizens, is a fundamental element for constructing a fair and democratic Barcelona. In this respect, a transition towards a new model of progress for all the people who live in the city is cemented on the alliances forged by the Council with the citizens, institutions, entities, companies and associations that share this conception of public policies.

In this new phase, in which Barcelona wants to become a point of reference in alternative forms of governance, with and for the citizens, the study and research of public policies that encourage and promote dialogue with citizens are indispensable. This is the challenge faced by Barcelona’gov, where the Barcelona City Council, together with the IGOP, IBEI and the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the UPF intends to contribute to the high-level training of professionals in city government.


IBEI | Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals

The Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) is an inter-university institute created in 2004 as a joint effort of all five public universities in the Barcelona metropolitan area and CIDOB (International Documentation Centre of Barcelona) to promote postgraduate training and research in politics and international relations.

IBEI’s mission is to become a centre of prestige and excellence in postgraduate training and advanced research in international studies, having already achieved a high level of recognition as an academic and research centre at both European and international level. IBEI promotes research in all the fields of international political economy, international security, international relations, foreign policy and comparative public policies.


IGOP | Institut de Govern i Polítiques Públiques

The Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP) is an institute belonging to the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, made up of lecturers and researchers from different areas of the social sciences, predominantly political science and sociology, but in which there are also economists, geographers, environmentalists and social psychologists.

The IGOP focuses its activities on democratic innovation, social and educational policies, urban policies and public management. Since the academic year 2008-2009, it has offered its own PhD programme in Public Policies and Social Transformation.


UB | Universitat de Barcelona

The Department of Political Science, Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law of the Universitat de Barcelona is organized into three knowledge areas: Political Science and Administration, Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law. It’s formed by about seventy faculty staff who carry out teaching activities, research, and quality knowledge transfer. The Department offers 11 Degrees programs and 13 Masters and Postgraduate programmes. In terms of research, it is characterized by high levels of internationalization and excellence. The sections are specialized in research lines and organized into different research groups funded by European, national and regional institutions.


UPF | Universitat Pompeu Fabra

The Department of Political and Social Sciences at the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) is an academic community engaged in research and teaching in the fields of political and administrative sciences, sociology and social psychology. It stands out for its strong international focus, its dynamic research, the cross-disciplinary nature of its teaching, the quality of its graduate programme and its support for student mobility, as well as for its transversality with a wide range of studies across the UPF.

The main fields on which it focuses its activities include innovative processes in management and public policies, administrative organization, human resource management, managing by process, public marketing and Digital Government and Open Government.

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