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Romero de Ávila Serrano

Vicente

Romero de Ávila Serrano

Ad-Hoc Expert
Generic Skills
B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
Geographer (University of Castilla-La Mancha, 2008) and Urban & Regional Planner (University of California, Los Angeles, 2014), Vicente Romero is a lecturer in urban and regional planning at the School in Civil Engineering in Ciudad Real (Spain) since 2011. At the same time, he is pursuing doctoral studies in “Territory, Infrastructures and Environment” at the same school. His research focuses on metropolitan planning, and urban and regional effects of High-Speed Rail. In 2006 he participated in the Erasmus exchange program and studied a master’s course in “Geography, Environment and Planning” in Clermont-Ferrand, France. In 2010 he performed an internship within the Directorate General for Regional Policy, at the European Commission (Brussels, Belgium), where he worked in the coordination of the Spanish Transport policies and in the assessment of the allocated Spanish Founds. At the same time, he undertook a research visit at the Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS), University of Kent at Brussels where he studied the metropolitan impacts of High-Speed Rail in the United Kingdom. He speaks Spanish, English, French, Italian, and basic German.
B1. Assessment: 
1: The expert has more than 2 years of experience in sustainable urban development.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
As a European citizen and student, I have extensive experience in exchange and learning at transnational level. My numerous stays as a student, a trainee and a researcher in France, Belgium, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States have offered me a strong transnational perspective. I have also been part of the Local Action Group in Ciudad Real (Spain) within the EU Urbact Project 2013-2015 Enter-Hub, dealing with railway hubs and their urban benefits.
B2. Assessment: 
1: Provided one significant transnational activity that demonstrates understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
My interest about other cultures and languages has made me to travel and live all around Europe through some granted scholarships. Apart from France and Belgium, I have lived some periods of my life in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Italy. Recently, I have lived in Los Angeles (USA) where I obtained a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning. All my scientific production during my doctoral studies has been written and presented in English. In this sense, I have published several journal articles and book's chapters in English, and I also have spoken at international conferences.
B3. Assessment: 
1: sufficient proficiency in English
Thematic expertise:
Theme / Policy: 
Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
My PhD deals with the knowledge-based economies in large cities. Particularly, it analyzes the knowledge and innovation activities location pattern in three European city-regions (London, Paris, and Madrid) and three US city-regions (New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago) in order to understand whether the city’s urban structure (polycentricity or monocentricity) is a help or a hindrance to knowledge and innovation activities development. I have published several papers on the topic and I am now in the process of publishing two other papers in international journals. In addition, I have also taught at the University of Castilla-La Mancha about the topic. I have four years of experience and I feel very confident talking and researching about this theme.
D1 Assessment: 
1 Demonstrated more than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Vicente Romero &Michael Storper (2015): A comparative analysis of knowledge-based economies in European and U.S. city-regions. Under review. Vicente Romero, Eloy Solís & José M. De Ureña (2014): Beyond the metropolis: new employment centers and historic administrative cities in the Madrid global city region, Urban Geography 35:6, 1-27. Vicente Romero, Maddi Garmendia, José M. De Ureña (2014): The Cadastre, a tool for studying metropolitan office location, morphology and dynamics. Boletín de la Asociación de Geógrafos Españoles 65, 271-291.
D2 Assessment: 
1 Provided at least two valid example that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of projects
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
I have participated in the writing of a Local Action Plan for the URBACT II program, I have publicly presented and exchanged some of my research results in Los Angeles (US), and presented a paper in an international conference: José María Coronado, Vicente Romero, Amparo Moyano, Rita Ruiz (2014): Local Action Plan for the URBACT "ENTER-HUB project" in Ciudad Real (Spain). Vicente Romero (2014): Knowledge-Intensive Business Services in Los Angeles: Patterns, Interpretation, Consequences. Poster presented to the “Careers, Capstones, and Conversations: A Networking Event” at the UCLA Luskin Department of Urban Planning, April 2, 2014 Accessible at http://issuu.com/vicenteromerodeavilaserrano/docs/kibs_poster Vicente Romero, Eloy Solís, Maddi Garmendia, José María de Ureña (2011): Historic administrative cities in the peripheries of metropolitan regions, special sub-centres gathering high-order tertiary activities. Paper presented to the EURA Conference 2011. June 23-25, 2011, Copenhagen (Denmark)
D3 Assessment: 
1 Provided more than two examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience)
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
So far, my role in the design of the outputs has been in the research field since I’m still in my PhD studies. I tend to participate in as many international projects and with international researchers as possible, since I believe we live in a global world where both local and global processes feed to each other. The dissemination strategy consists on making available and public all my research through its presentation to international conferences and its publication in international research journals.
D4 Assessment: 
0: Provided less than one relevant example that demonstrates an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc
Summary Thematic expertise: 
My PhD deals with the knowledge-based economies in city-regions, thus I have more than four years of research and teaching in the theme. I have also published several papers on the topic in international research journals, and presented some of the results in international conferences. So far, my dissemination strategy deals with the presentation of results and working on policy design and awareness raising with urban practitioners and policy-makers in Los Angeles (California, US) and in Ciudad Real (Spain).
Assessment: 
Validated (3 out of 4) for D, Theme "Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy". The summary is of good quality.
Theme / Policy: 
Sustainable Urban Mobility
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Sustainable (inter)urban mobility is the second topic of my PhD. Particularly, I am interested in how the High-Speed Rail improves and helps expands both the internal and external mobility in large city-regions. I have analyzed the case studies of London and Madrid and published the results in an international research journal. I have participated in research projects lead by international professors (Prof. Roger Vickerman, University of Kent, UK) and examined ex-post evaluations of High-Speed Train and road projects of the European Union’s Cohesion Fund in Spain for the period 2000-2006. In addition, I have also taught at the University of Castilla-La Mancha about the topic. I have four years of experience and I feel very confident talking and researching about this theme.
D1 Assessment: 
1 Demonstrated more than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
De Ureña, José M.; Coronado, J.M.; Garmendia, Maddi; Romero, Vicente (2012): “Territorial Implications at National and Regional Scales of High-Speed Rail” en De Ureña, José M. (editor), Territorial Implications of High-Speed Rail. A Spanish Perspective. Ashgate (ISBN 978-1-4094-3052-0), pp. 129-162. Garmendia, Maddi; Romero, Vicente; De Ureña, José M.; Coronado, J.M.; Vickerman, Roger (2012): High-Speed Rail Opportunities around metropolitan regions: the cases of Madrid and London. Journal of Infrastructure Systems 18, 305-313.
D2 Assessment: 
1 Provided at least two valid example that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of projects
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
I can highlight two seminars I taught about the High-Speed Rail Experience in Spain: Romero, Vicente (2013): “The High-Speed Rail Experience in Spain.” Communication presented at Cordoba Corporation (a civil engineering, construction management, program management, and planning firm). September 16, 2013. Romero, Vicente (2011): “Short-distance, high-speed rail: the case study of Spain.” Seminar for the project “Unlocking the Potential of Rail Connectivity”, organized by Regions of Connected Knowledge Project (RoCK) and European Network of High-Speed Regions (ENHSR). Kent Brussels Office, Brussels, February 24, 2011.
D3 Assessment: 
1 Provided more than two examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience)
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
So far, my role in the design of the outputs has been in the research field since I’m still in my PhD studies. I tend to participate in as many international projects and with international researchers as possible, since I believe we live in a global world where both local and global processes feed to each other. The dissemination strategy consists on making available and public all my research through its presentation to international conferences and its publication in international research journals.
D4 Assessment: 
0: Provided less than one relevant example that demonstrates an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc
Summary Thematic expertise: 
My current research deals with sustainable urban mobility at both the intraurban and interurban scales through the High-Speed Rail. I have studied Spanish and international cases (London, Madrid, Paris, Brussels…). I have also published a book’s chapter and several papers on the topic in international research journals, and presented some of the results in international conferences. So far, my dissemination strategy deals with the presentation of results and working on policy design and awareness raising with urban practitioners and policy-makers in both the United States and in Europe (mainly in Spain, France, Belgium and the UK).
Assessment: 
Validated (3 out of 4) for D, Theme "Sustainably Urban Mobility". The summary is of good quality.
Theme / Policy: 
Integrated Urban Renewal
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Recently, I have started to be involved in the integral redesign, reurbanization and rehabilitation of social housing neighborhoods built during the 1950s and 1960s in Spain. In general, these neighborhoods are in a poor state, both housing and public space since they are already 50 years old. Housing has important problems of habitability and accessibility, while public spaces do not offer the right space to develop social, leisure, and commercial activities. The framework is the School of Architecture and the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain), where both future architects and civil engineers work in interdisciplinary teams in the design and development process. Thus, this is an integrated urban renewal project. The student results can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.765414340172534.1073741841.193677494012891&type=3
D1 Assessment: 
1 Demonstrated more than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Vicente Romero, Amparo Moyano, Rita Ruiz. “Collaboration and Interdisciplinarity between architects and engineers. The teaching of urban planning at Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha.” I International Congress in Dual Design, Madrid (Spain), April 24, 2015. Rita Ruiz, Vicente Romero, Jose Maria Coronado “Internet as a means to foster new relationships in the learning process. The teaching of Urban Planning at the University of Castilla-La Mancha.” International Congress on University Teaching and Innovation (CIDUI 2012), Barcelona (Spain), July4-6, 2012.
D2 Assessment: 
1 Provided at least two valid example that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of projects
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
At this right moment, I am working along with an intern student on the development of a report entitled “Guidelines for integrated urban renewal of social housing neighborhoods in Spain.” This report will guide both future students and urban policy-makers in Ciudad Real (Spain) in the integrated urban renewal processes of both the built-up realm and the community that live, play, and work in the neighborhood.
D3 Assessment: 
0: Provided less than two examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience)
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
The integrated urban renewal project developed at the University of Castilla-La Mancha with architecture and civil engineers students has already been successful during the academic year 2014-2015. I have worked with several media on awareness raising and involved local and regional politicians. Some of the published news are the following ones (in Spanish): - http://www.castillalamancha.es/actualidad/notasdeprensa/marta-garc%C3%ADa-destaca-el-modelo-de-formaci%C3%B3n-de-la-uclm-por-%E2%80%9Caportar-soluciones-los-retos-y-demandas - http://www.elporvenirclm.com/sociedad/14466/estudiantes-de-la-uclm-presentan-sus-proyectos-de-regeneracion-urbana-para-barrios-de-cuatro-ciudades.html - http://www.abc.es/comunidad-castillalamancha/20150415/abcp-futuros-arquitectos-idean-regenerar-20150415.html - http://www.latribunadeciudadreal.es/noticia/Z12186D14-DB1D-022B-64FC5A9208B0E37C/20150504/tren/regeneracion
D4 Assessment: 
1: Provided more than one relevant example that demonstrates an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Integrated urban renewal of social housing neighborhoods in Spain is the most recent of the topics I am involved in. I have managed and coordinated an integrated urban renewal project developed by interdisciplinary teams of architects and civil engineers at the University of Castilla-La Mancha. I am also in the process of developing a report entitled “Guidelines for integrated urban renewal of social housing neighborhoods in Spain.” Regarding the policy design and awareness raising spheres, the project has been profusely published in local and regional newspapers and politicians have been involved as well.
Assessment: 
Validated (3 out of 4) for D, Theme "Integrated Urban Renewal". The summary is of good quality.

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Residence location:
Spain
Languages:
Spanish - Mother tongue
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Email:
vicente.romeroavila@uclm.es
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