Global Urban Lab (GUL) Barcelona
We are excited to introduce the Global Urban Lab (GUL) Barcelona
program this year for the spring semester. Why Barcelona? Here are a few
Barcelona is a prime example of a city in Spain with novel efforts by
community members to organize cooperatively to address social issues
such as (a) the provision of care to children the elderly and the
disabled, (b) the creation of alternative public social spaces, (c) the
creation of alternative economic projects that are based on cooperation,
collaboration and sharing.
Barcelona is also a medical hub in Spain, similar to the medical
center in Houston. The researchers share challenges in addressing health
concerns related to environmental factors, as well as embrace
innovations for advancements.
Barcelona has one of the largest ports in the Mediterranean where all Mediterranean trade traffic is centered.
Barcelona hosted the 1992 Summer Olympics, which transformed the
city’s urban structure forever and led to many studies for future
planning in host cities.
All these and many more interesting facts about Barcelona and Spain
makes the city and the country ideal for comparative research projects
under Global Urban Lab. This year the parameter for students will be to
identify research projects that captures their attention at four
distinguished research centers that are part of the top ranked
universities of Spain; University of Barcelona (UB), University Autonoma
of Barcelona (UAB) and Pompeu Fabra University (PFU). These centers
Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) at UB and PFU:
Grassroots Economics at UB:
The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at UAB: http://ictaweb.uab.cat/?setLanguage=en)
Olympic Studies Center at UAB:
We invite students who are interested in participating in GUL
Barcelona to explore the websites listed above for ongoing projects at
these institutes and list a topic of their choice they wish to explore
further through GUL on their application. All projects will be fine
tuned with assistance of GUL faculty after selection to the program. To
apply, please click here. *You must be signed in to Rice-Google account in order to access this form.
How to Participate
Students who wish pursue the Global Urban Lab Barcelona program will
be required to enroll in ANTH/POST 400 – Global Urban Lab in the Spring
Students will develop their research question over the spring
semester. They will explore resources in Houston and Barcelona, gather
quantitative and qualitative data, conduct interviews, analyze
information, and evaluate and compare findings. During spring break
week the students will travel to Barcelona and immerse themselves in the
culture, attend meetings, discuss research with experts, and increase
their sociopolitical understanding about a key region of the world.
Students will be expected to produce a 10-page factual white paper at the conclusion of the semester. A selection of these papers will be
featured in the Global Urban Lab journal: Bridges which is published by
the Gateway program.
Open to all current Rice University undergraduate students.
The Barcelona Lab fee is $2,000. The fee includes airfare, accommodations, meals, transportation, meetings and site visits.
The application can be accessed through your Rice-Google account here: https://goo.gl/forms/NyzGw4dqisYI1bXi1. The deadline for applications is October 15th, 2016.
Any questions about the program may be addressed to Ipek Martinez, Associate Dean, at email@example.com