Mariona Tomàs-Fornès

Professor – Researcher

Department of Political Science

Office: 6106-B Economy

University of Barcelona

Av. Diagonal 690 08034, Barcelona

Tel: +34 934021924 Fax: +34 934024409


Twitter: @mariona_tomas


September 2008-Present:      Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Barcelona.

September 2007-08:      Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Barcelona.

2003-2007:       Ph.D. (Urban Studies), National Institute of Scientific Research-Urbanisation, Culture and Society (Quebec, Canada).

Research Assistant in VRM (participation in several research projects on metropolitan governance) (Quebec, Canada).

2002-2003:       DESS in local Governement (Institute of Political and Social Sciences / Local Innovation Centre / University of Barcelona).

2000-2003:      Researcher at the Institute of Political and Social Sciences of Barcelona (ICPS).

1999-2001:       MA (Political Science), University of Barcelona.

1995-1999:        BA (Sociology), Autonomous University of Barcelona.


Urban and metropolitan governance, urban policy, local democracy, urban resilience.


2012-2015:       Resilience and urban policies in Spain, Horizon 2015 .Comparative project led by Joan Subirats, Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and funded by the Ministry of Education (90,000 €). Member of coordination team project.

2012-2014:      Citizenship in city-regions . Comparative project led by Anders Lidström (Umeå University, Sweden). Barcelona team (Research Group Local Studies at the University of Barcelona). Funding from the Government of Catalonia (€ 32,000) and the Province of Barcelona (€ 60,000).

2012-2014:       Mediterranean cities . Comparative project led by Dominique Lorrain, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussés (France) (60,000 €). Barcelona team, with Emmanuel Négrier, CEPEL-University of Montpellier I.


2009-2010:      New urban policies in Spain . Comparative project led Joan Subirats, Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and funded by the Ministry of Education (45,000 €). Member team project coordinator.

2009-2010 :      The Case for Agglomeration Economies in Europe. Comparative project led by Alan Harding (University of Manchester) and funded by the European Commission (200.000 €). Barcelona team, with the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

2009-2010:      Institutional Analysis of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona. Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP). Coordinator of the project, funded by the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (€ 18,000).

2008-2009:      The metropolitan governance models: a comparative analysis. Principal Investigator, funded by the Province of Barcelona (€ 11,000).

2007-2008:      Metropolitan Governance and institutional form. Principal Investigator, funded by Metropolis (World Association of Major Metropolises) (€ 5,000) and the Association of Municipalities of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (€ 5,000).


2013:       1st prize in the political book of the Presidency of the National Assembly of Quebec.

2008:       Special Award PhD and gold Canadian General Governor Academic Medal.

2008 :      3rd prix Essay competition, Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies (Blackwell publishers).

2006:       2nd prize for the best communication Symposium VRM.

1999:        Special Price, BA in Sociology.


2011:       Postdoctoral Fellowship. Spanish Education and the Government of Catalonia Department.

2007:      Fellowship in Canadian Studies for university professors. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

2003-2006:       Merit Scholarship for PhD (INRS-UCS).

2005:       Mobility Grant for PhD (Government of Catalonia).

2004:       Mobility Grant for PhD (Spanish Association for Canadian Studies).


Assessments of scientific articles

International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2008, 2010), Métropoles (2010, 2011), Spanish Journal of Political Science (2011, 2013) .

Evaluation of international projects

Expert evaluator of the program Europe for Citizens of the European Commission (2012-Present).

Expert evalutator for European research projects for the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission (2013-Present).

Professional Affiliation

Spanish Association of Political Science, Col·legi de Politòlegs i Sociòlegs (Professional order), European Consortium for Political Research, Urban Affairs Association.

Activities within the scientific community

2005-2009:       Editorial Board of the journal Àmbits de Política i Societat (2005-2009) .

2009:       Seminar coordinator at Consortium International University Menéndez Pelayo Barcelona (CUIMPB) model of metropolitan governance and European cities, November ’11 to ’12.

2003-2007:       Member of the Col·legi de Politòlegs i Sociòlegs Board.

2002-2004:       Founding member and treasurer of the Catalan Association of Young Sociologist.

2000-2002:       General Coordinator of the 2nd Congress of Catalan young sociologists.

Involvement in the University of Barcelona

2009-Present:       Coordinator of course plan for Political Science I, Political Science II, City and Territory, English Political Science .

2010-Present:       Member of the Board of Management Studies and Public Administration.

2010:      Political Science DEA Jury Member.