Architect from the ETSAB Barcelona School of Architecture (UPC) and Doctor in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences from the Ramon Llull University. She is currently the Vice-Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research at the Blanquerna School of Psychology, Education and Sports Sciences (URL). At the teaching level, she is a titular professor at the URL, where she teaches subjects in the bachelor’s degrees in Sports and Exercise Sciences and in Sports Management and in the Master degree in Managing Sports, Organizations and Projects (Sport Management). She has also been a professor at the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (from 2003 to 2009), and a professor of the “University Master in Development, Performance, and Innovation in Tennis” jointly coordinated by the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation, the International University of Valencia (VIU, 2012), the Camilo José Cela University (UCJC, 2013) and the MEDAC with the Isabel I University (2014-2019). At the research level, she belongs to the Research and Innovation Group in Sport and Society (GRIES, consolidated research group). Within this group she actively participates as head of the Economics, Management and Geography Area, coordinating the line of research on Sports management and governance in the public and private field. Starting from sports practice, she has led various investigations both from the architectural perspective (design of sports spaces) and from the urban perspective (physical activity in urban public spaces).
About her lecture: For a long time now, sports practices have been developed beyond conventional facilities, and have occupied public spaces in cities. This is a paradigm shift that places sport within a complex structure of relationships, in which administrations will take advantage to promote a more active life of citizens, generate social capital, and show a renewed image of the city with international projection. With the desire to delve into the relationship between urban planning and sports practices, the conference ‘The city as a space for inclusive sports practice’ focuses on the analysis of urban planning and design parameters that promote a more active life of citizens, through facilitating inclusive sports practice.