A Barcelona-based research lab focused on urban environmental justice


Barcelona Horitzó 2030

Our lab members feature in this special report by betevé on the urban future of Barcelona


Consell Assesor Cientific

Codirector Isabelle Anguelovski appointed to the Consell Assesor Cientific, Barcelona's first-ever scientific advisory board.


Gentrification Debate

Organized with Ajuntament de Barcelona featuring El Periódico's Red de Científicas Comunicadoras, including our codirector Isabelle Anguelovski


Ciutat i Ciencia

Lab codirector Isabelle Anguelovsk talks about science, participation, gentrification and health at #CiutatiCiencia


Featured Lab Member

Helen Cole's Latest Research on Gentrification and Health


Green Inequalities

A space where our team members weigh in on green gentrification and environmental justice in cities


Food Privilege & Gentrification

Our studies on the changing role of food in ethnic communities


TESS Policy Briefs

Towards European Societal Sustainability: The Role of Community-Based Initiatives


Barcelona Headquarters

In partnership with ICTA-UAB and IMIM institutes in Barcelona


We develop novel research on environmental justice and sustainability that builds on urban planning, policy, and studies in social inequality and development.


Research Areas


Critically assessing the motivations of urban sustainability intiatives and their effects, such as green gentrification.

Health & Equity

Analyzing the patterns and causes of health inequality embedded in urbanization processes.

Global Environments

Identifying how economic and political forces on a global scale shape urban environmental outcomes at a local level.

New Methodologies

Developing the next generation of spatial analytic tools for analyzing urban environmental justice.

Watch Our Video

Poorer residents tend to be confined to precarious housing in neighborhoods with worse air quality, limited access to healthy and affordable food, substandard public transit, and lower quality parks.

Anguelovski (2015)

The planning of new green infrastructure has been shown to induce substantial speculation and gentrification.

Pearsall (2008)

The risk of cardiovascular disease mortality is 4% lower, and that of all-cause mortality 8% lower, for residents with high residential exposure to green spaces.

Gascon et al. (2016)















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Recent Posts / Green Inequalities Blog

How Communities are Contesting Green Inequities

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In many cities like Chicago, Barcelona or New York, green urban development schemes have been shown to produce inequalities. These inequalities may materialize as displaced communities as a result of…

What’s it Like to be Women In Science and Academia? We Asked Our Lab Members.

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While surreal politics both near and far may have ushered in a new era of feminist activism, women's struggle for equality has long been a work in progress across all…

Are Green Bond Projects Really Green?

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Financing urban developments through green bonds doesn't necessarily guarantee their ecological value, nor does it account for their social ramifications. Since the financial crisis of 2008, policy-makers and planners have…

What the Struggle for Copenhagen’s Folkets Park Can Teach Us About Inclusive Planning

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In the last three decades, Copenhagen has shifted from an obscure Nordic capital to a leading global city. It is known for progressive environmental policies, an enviable public transportation and…