Barcelona, Spain

Attractive Cities: Successes and Conflicts

when 8 July 2019 - 19 July 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 600

Key issues that will be examined are location theories, cultural capitals, mobility, housing, night time economy, tourism and citizenship. Internationally well-known experts will share their knowledge and views with the students on these topics.
The summer school will also provide tours in specific places and hot-spots within the two cities, in order to corroborate the theoretical part with the empirical field.


• Types of metropolitan populations living, consuming and working in the cities
• Mobility systems and accessibility to urban opportunities in contemporary cities
• Local resources utilized to develop touristic and job attractions
• Public policies oriented to improve attraction
• Governance and participation models as tools for improving attractions
• Urban rhythms and night attractiveness
• Walkability and urban environment

Course leader

Prof. Giampaolo Nuvolati

Target group

BA degree.
We welcome students from different disciplines: sociology, anthropology, geography, urban planning, urban design, and architecture, as well as practitioners and policy-makers. We shall be glad to consider any other background deemed for the program as reflected from the CV of the students.

Course aim

The main aim of the summer school is to provide a critical analysis of urban attractiveness from different perspectives: Economics, Sociology, Urban Planning and Cultural Management.
The students will learn about the Janus-faced urban attractiveness in two spatial contexts with different attributes and trajectories. Milan and Barcelona are currently at the top positions in the urban ranking of popularity and success. However, side effects are not neutral.

Credits info

6 EC
up to 6 credits according to the study course of each participant.

Fee info

EUR 600: It covers tuition, teaching materials and tutoring services for the two weeks in Milan and Barcelona
EUR 300: UB Unviersity of Barcelona and UNIMIB University of Milano-Bicocca students