Which City Will Be the New Europe’s Financial Center after Brexit?

Following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016, and especially since the Brexit process officially began on 29 March 2017 when Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50, a series of estimates and speculations have started to emerge about the future role of London as Europe’s leading financial center. Amid […]

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Cities and autonomous cars: new business models and smart governance

Since 2005, Barcelona hosts the largest and most important exhibition for the mobile industry: the Mobile World Congress (MWC). After six years, in 2011, Barcelona was chosen as GSMA Mobile World Capital and will continue to be the site of GSMA Mobile World Congress through 2023. Besides the positive externalities generated into the local economy, […]

How the Collaborative Economy Is Changing Cities

Sharing in cities is not a new idea. In fact, cities emerged as an instrument for taking advantage of the benefits of agglomeration and they are the primary point where communities share: from communal spaces and shared infrastructure, to homes and public services. However, in recent years, collaborative initiatives have multiplied and expanded at an […]

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Unfulfilled promises in the Sharing Economy? Exploring the value proposition of Airbnb in Barcelona

Social actors in the sharing economy share their means of transportation, workspaces, and even homes with strangers from all over the world. In the sharing economy, the traditional aspiration of ownership is increasingly being superseded by the notion of access. This radical departure from traditional ways of conducting business is disrupting industries and well-established business […]

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