ContactAlvarez Palau, Eduard J.
He has been a lecturer at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya's (UOC) Faculty of Economics and Business since 2017.
Holder of a doctoral degree in Engineering and Transport Infrastructures, a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), and a master's degree in Business Management (Organization Management in the Knowledge Economy) from the UOC. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Cambridge University, holder of a grant awarded by the European Commission (DG MOVE), adjunct professor at the UPC and external course instructor at the UOC. He also has private enterprise experience in civil engineering project management and urban and transport planning. He is a member of the UOC's Sustainability and Management Research Group (SUMA).
The R&I activity of researcher Eduard J. Álvarez Palau focuses on the study of transport infrastructures and urban services, and also the impact they generate in social, economic and territorial terms. His main research interests concern the long-term evolution of infrastructures, network simulation models, impact analyses, and infrastructure development, funding and management mechanisms.
The research projects in which he collaborates involve different subject areas, with the common denominator of seeking a multidisciplinary approach for each case. Thus, he collaborates with the Campop research group (Cambridge University) to study the contribution of transport infrastructures to the socio-economic development of Great Britain during the Industrial Revolution. He also works with the Territory and Society group (University of Lleida) to try to historically reconstruct the databases on transport networks and urbanization in the Iberian Peninsula. With this same group, he also researches into Catalan industrial heritage, especially infrastructural heritage. Finally, he also studies various subject areas related to contemporary city management, such as public transport provision, urban services networks and urban logistics.