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Oriol Nel·lo


A geographer specialising in urban studies and territorial planning, subjects on which he has published a good number of books and articles, he has a PhD in Geography from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and a master’s degree in International Affairs from John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States. He has been director of the Barcelona Institute for Metropolitan Studies (1988-1999), a member of the Catalan Parliament (1999-2003), and Secretary for Territorial Planning of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia, 2003-2011). In this latter area, he promoted the drafting of the Law on Neighbourhoods (2004) and the Law on Regulation and Improvement of Residential Areas with Urban Planning Deficits (2009).

He is currently a member of the Institute of Catalan Studies, a professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, director of the Research Group on Energy, Territory, and Society, and president of the Barcelona Neighbourhoods Plan Advisory Board.

Update: 11 April 2024



Has participated in

Challenges of the low-density city


Oriol Nel·lo, Helena Cruz, Jorge Dioni and Antoni Ribas

Suburbian Catalonia

Cities in the 21st Century

Meeting with Francesco Indovina - 'Cities in the 21st Century' book launch

Catalonia in the Mirror of Immigration

Presentation of the book by Andreu Domingo

Talk by Francesco Indovina

"From territorial analysis to city government"

Take away Landscapes - 2008

Lectures in the master's degree course "Landscape Intervention and Management"

Urban peripheries

Debates at the CCCB

The agents

Take-away Landscapes -2007

Lectures in the master's degree course "Landscape Intervention and Management"

Compact City, Dispersed Conurbation

Debate with Oriol Nel·lo, Albert Serratosa and Francisco Javier Monclús

From the World City to the City World. Vitality and Agony of Urban Fact

Debate with Xavier Rubert de Ventós, J.A. Acebillo and Oriol Nel·lo