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Ana

Alcantud

Validated Lead Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
As a sociologist specialized in public policies and citizen participation in the framework of sustainable urban development, this allows me to apply a comprehensive methodological perspective to the generation of consensus around public policies in the field of sustainable urban development. Practically all of my professional experience has been linked to local and regional public administrations in different areas. Initially, my work was oriented towards citizen participation and participatory action research in processes of integration of migrants and local participatory processes (participatory budgets, urban planning, social co-management of facilities). Later, and during the span of 10 years, I have worked fully in different environmental and social sectors linked to sustainable development for both local administrations and larger European projects. Waste management, energy efficiency, sustainable consumption, green and sustainable public procurement, environmental education, are a few of the areas that I have delved into for European projects, strategic consultancy for administrations, or applied research as well. Currently, my work revolves around the execution, design, and advice to municipalities and regional governments surrounding strategic plans for Smart Cities with a focus on sustainable development, democracy, and the appropriate use of technologies to improve the quality of life for citizens.
B1. Assessment: 
1- Applicant has sufficient knowledge of sustainable urban development through her educational and professional background.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
Having participated in collaborative European projects has allowed me to perform diverse tasks: from being part of a technical team, to being part of the coordination of a site within the framework of a Lighthouse Project. These required skills and capacity in exchange and learning activities at a transnational level. Moreover, activities such as workshops, seminars, and conferences are characteristic of some of the collaborative activities I have been a part of. That said, the GGP INfoNET (Life +) project in particular, aimed at creating a network of 9 public administrations to facilitate the promotion and dissemination of green purchases in Public Procurement (GPP).This project focused on capacity building and knowledge transfer. Further learning experiences at the transnational level include training sessions linked to the practical implementation of green public procurement, such as: - Lessons learned supporting the design and implementation of Sustainable Public Procurement initiatives: Conference for the "National capacity building activity on Green Public Procurement Procedures", Horizon 2020 Capacity Building / Mediterranean Environment Program. Zagreb (Croatia) - “Green Public Procurement: Instruments to improve Sustainable Management within the Public Administration”, Tione of Trento, Italy (“Gli acquisti pubblici verdi: Strumenti per migliorare la gestione sostenibile delle pubbliche amministrazioni", Tione di Trento, Italy
B2. Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides multiple examples of her previous participation in exchange and learning activities at a transnational level.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
Following my experience in numerous European projects since 2006, I have been able to work in English, and indeed, improve my written and spoken English to the point where I am now proficient. Additionally, I am proficient in Italian, as I spent a year interning in the Department of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento, Italy. As referenced in my CV, I have given conferences and seminars in English (Zagreb, 2011) and in Italian (Trento 2008).
B3. Assessment: 
1- Applicant is proficient in English and has given conferences and seminars in English. Verified in CV.

Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
All of my work has been developed in the scope of non-English speakers and/or non native English speakers. Moreover, I am a non-native English speaker as well. I have been involved in EU projects since 2006, and have since been giving advice and sharing experiences to non-English speakers as part of my usual tasks. These include, but are not limited to: advising the Croatian Government on its Sustainable Consumption and Production National Action Plan; representing the Spanish public bodies in international meetings and conferences; representing the Barcelona City Council in the UNEP Paris for YouthXChange meeting; and explaining Barcelona’s experience regarding sustainable consumption learning tools for youth.
C3.1 Assessment: 
1- Applicant demonstrates ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers.
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
During a projects’ implementation, a series of conference papers, guides, and technical publications are developed as outputs. Some examples of outputs produced to support the exchange of experiences at a transnational level, encompass the environmental education guides elaborated for Barcelona’s Municipality (Sustainability and Citizen Participation Department) in the framework of the YouthxChange project. A UN program geared towards fostering sustainable consumption among youth on a worldwide scale, developed a training kit for responsible consumption. (http://www.youthxchange.net/main/home.asp) Another example of outputs produced to share knowledge and experience, was the EUPopp project. The resulting outputs of this project were a technical publication, “Practice and Research: Promotion of Sustainable Consumption Patterns a CP/RAC 08 Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Mediterranean" (http://www.cprac.org/es/mediateca/revista-scp/rac); a conference paper, “Public bodies role as a driving force for sustainable behaviour change” (http://www.erscp-emsu2010.org/); and an academic publication "Capítulo: Políticas públicas en el cambio del consumo".
C3.2 Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides multiple examples of outputs produced to support exchange at a transnational level.
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
The project in Chile is a great example. Indeed, I was in charge of the organization and the execution of training sessions held in October, with 34 participating mayors and municipal executives of the Greater Santiago, discussing concepts of metropolitan governance and smart cities, with respect to waste management and metropolitan mobility. The final report (not public) summarizes the SWOT analysis of the Greater Santiago and the proposals made by public servants. The work completed alongside the mayors, was oriented towards a strategic reflection of the governance of a large conurbation of 34 municipalities, taking as a focus metropolitan mobility and the waste management. In both sessions, there was an expert of the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) present, in charge of Sustainable Cities, as well as the former Mayor of Medellin. Thanks to the systematization of the information (or report) we have made, the 34 mayors could obtain recommendations concerning how to better manage their municipalities from a metropolitan perspective, taking into account the practical-technical initiatives and a metropolitan political strategy.
C3.3 Assessment: 
0 - Applicant provides one valid example but is requested to provide 2.
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
Throughout all my work, policy recommendations and strategies are at the centre of my project tasks. As a result, I have developed an ability to produce concise reports that incorporate insights from exchanges and learning activities, setting forth good practice and policy messages. Local strategies, or smart city action plans, include precisely these dimensions: technical-action framed in a political-action discourse. Also, other documents, such as the Guide for the Development of the Smart City Strategy of the Municipalities of the Diputación de Barcelona, include: the various registers (political and technical), examples of good practices from other cities and European regions, as well as recommendations to technical teams to design a strategy for these characteristics. Other reports that explain the interaction among good practices and policy messages (or communication) include: - Alcantud, A i Mazo D.: “Claves para abordar situaciones de crisis desde las administraciones públicas” en Revista Gestión y Análisis de Políticas Públicas, n. 6. Instituto Nacional de Administración Pública. July-December 2011https://revistasonline.inap.es/index.php?journal=GAPP&page=issue&op=view&path%5B%5D=661&path%5B%5D=showToc
C3.4 Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides two examples of concise reports incorporating good practices: the Guide for the Development of the Smart City Strategy and the Guide to Managing Crisis Situations in Public Administrations
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
My Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, as well as my postgraduate courses on "Local government, participation and sustainable development", and on the "Evaluation of the design, implementation and impact of public policies", have allowed me cross-sectional training in terms of methodologies, in specific realms linked to sustainable development (i.e environmental vectors, citizen participation, impact of public policies in the field of production, and sustainable consumption). Furthermore, many of the European and Latin American transnational projects that I have been involved with, have allotted me multiple functions in very diverse topics, contributing to my wide-ranging breadth of skills and training. I am used to applying distinct methods (research or participative) in order to design sustainable and smart city strategies or action plans, in accordance with the city’s needs. Moreover, and whenever possible, I introduce participatory approaches inspired by participatory action research, contributing to the constitution of a framework of mutual learning and consensus-building that allows establishing strategies and agreed-upon plans among the different stakeholders in a city.
Assessment: 
Applicant meets the criteria for delivering transnational exchange and learning activities.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Sustainable Housing
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
In many of the European transnational projects that I have worked on, I have fulfilled multiple functions in diverse topics. EUPopp, GrowSmarter, Spread, Chile, are all projects of transversal nature, and that involved a wide range of topics. In what follows, I have selected some information regarding the topics covered within these broad projects: EUPopp (2008-2011): I had multiple roles and functions. Firstly, I carried out research to analyse the impact of public policies on consumption patterns: on the one hand in regards to household organic waste management and, on the other, regarding public management of a severe situation, or household water consumption in the context of a drought. GrowSmarter (2015 -ongoing): My role in GrowSmarter is to facilitate knowledge transfer among the partners and contribute to the coordination of the project. Regarding sustainable housing, GrowSmarter foresees the energy refurbishment of households and other buildings in order to improve energy efficiency and installation of HEMS (tasks that I was supporting).
D1 Assessment: 
1 - Applicant demonstrated sufficient knowledge on Sustainable Housing, providing examples of international projects and her role in these projects.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Managing and leading international projects has allowed me to produce a wide variety of thematic inputs. For instance, for the EUPopp, or a European transnational project, my work focused on policies to promote behavioral changes in consumption patterns, specifically concerning housing and food. One of the objectives of the project, was to generate future scenarios estimating the potential reduction of environmental impacts in terms of CO2. Moreover, one of the outcomes of this project, was the publication of: “Practice and Research: Promotion of Sustainable Consumption Patterns a CP/RAC 08 Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Mediterranean”. (http://www.scprac.org/es/mediateca/revista-scp/rac) Also, for the Bonn Resilience Cities Conference in 2010, “Alcantud, A i Mazo D.: “Water crisis: Public management of an emergency situation” Resilient Cities Conference, Bonn, 2010”. (http://resilient-cities.iclei.org/) As well as: “Políticas públicas en el cambio del consumo. Resultados del proyecto EUPOPP”. Cambio Global en España 2030/2050, Consumo y Estilos de Vida. Centro Complutense de Estudios e Información Medioambiental - CCEIM (2012)
D2 Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides examples of inputs produced to feed in learning processes.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
My years of experience have given me the opportunity to work on international projects with such goals as reducing the overall environmental impact of human activity. Regarding sustainable housing, I have collaborated on projects that have ranged from food and waste management, to household water and energy consumption. Examples of reports incorporating good practices and policy recommendations include: Alcantud, A i Mazo D.: “Water crisis: Public management of an emergency situation” Resilient Cities Conference, Bonn, 2010 http://resilient-cities.iclei.org/ Presentation and Conference Paper) Alcantud, A i Mazo D.: “Claves para abordar situaciones de crisis desde las administraciones públicas” en Revista Gestión y Análisis de Políticas Públicas, n. 6. Instituto Nacional de Administración Pública. July-December 2011 Publication for the National Institute of Public Administrations (Ministry of Interior) Alcantud, A: "Capítulo: Políticas públicas en el cambio del consumo".Project EUPOPP.Cambio Global España 2020-2050. Consumo y Estilos de vida, Centro Complutense de Estudios e Información Medioambiental, CCEIM, 2012
D3 Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides examples of reports in which she was co-author or the sole author.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
The implementation of GrowSmarter’s project measures are carried out by industrial partners who, with the support of a business school and research centers, assess the economic viability of the business models (12 measures on: energy rehabilitation of buildings, sustainable mobility, and ICT), as well as of the social and environmental impacts of energy efficiency measures applied to buildings. An active member of the coordination team regarding the design, organization and execution of study visits in Barcelona for politicians, technicians and other companies, have allowed me to contribute to the collaboration and knowledge transfer between the academic, the private and the public sectors. I have also participated in the design, organization and execution of workshops for technicians and other companies that allowed all of the actors to take maximum advantage of the knowledge and skills offered.
D4 Assessment: 
1 - Applicant describes how project outputs were capitalized on through workshops for technicians and companies.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
My experience with sustainable housing in transnational projects is mostly related to two projects: EUPopp and GrowSmarter. EUPopp was a research project focused on policy assessment and on the environmental impacts of public policies, with the goal of reaching a behavioral change that could lead to sustainable consumption patterns among households in terms of energy and water consumption, as well as waste management. GrowSmarter’s H2020 Lighthouse Project focused on energy efficiency, mobility, and ICT, and has as its goal the energy refurbishment of a 100.000 m2 building area. Under this framework, residential buildings in Barcelona have been refurbished through the installation of HEMS (Home-Energy-Management-Systems). HEMS make inhabitants aware of their energy consumption and, thus, to be more responsible regarding these. As part of the technical team in EUPopp, I analyzed the environmental and social impacts of public policies aiming for a higher sustainable consumption. My role also entailed the coordination of the analysis of environmental impacts with the analysis of public policies. In GrowSmarter my functions revolved around the coordination of the different stakeholders in order to achieve the objectives of the project.
Assessment: 
Applicant is validated for the thematic field of Sustainable Housing.
Theme / Policy: 
Environmental Issues
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
My Bachelor’s Degree in sociology, as well as my postgraduate courses on "Local government, participation and sustainable development", and "Evaluation of the design, implementation and impact of public policies", are directly linked to my work on EU projects. In many of the EU projects that I have worked on, I have fulfilled multiple functions in diverse topics. In the Create Acceptance Project (2006-2008), I worked on the methodological design of a participatory approach to promoting the acceptance of RES and RUE. In the EUPopp project (2008-2011), my work focused on the policy assessment of policies promoting behavioral changes in consumption patterns among households (energy and water consumption, and food and waste management). One of the objectives of the project was to generate future scenarios estimating the potential reduction to environmental impacts in terms of CO2. In the Spread Sustainable Lifestyles project (2011-2012), I collaborated with a diverse group of societal stakeholders, participating in the development of a 2050 vision of sustainable lifestyles for Europe. For instance, one of the main objectives was simultaneously reducing energy and transport use, as well as overall natural resource dependence. The GPP infoNet project (2010-2011) aimed at creating a network of 9 public administrations to facilitate the promotion and dissemination of green purchases in Public Procurement (GPP).
D1 Assessment: 
1- Applicant shows sufficient knowledge on environmental issues through both her professional experience as well as her studies.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
My years of experience in managing and leading international projects have allowed me to produce a wide variety of thematic inputs. For example, related to EUPopp, (7FP) I produced several reports, conference papers, and other thematic inputs to spread the results, analyzing the context, performance, outcomes and environmental impacts of a set of successful policies on sustainable consumption. Adell, A., Alcantud, A i Schaefer B. : “Sustainable Consumption Strategies in European Union” (digital) Project EUPOPP. Alcantud, A i Schaefer, B: “Practice and Research: Promotion of Sustainable Consumption Patterns a CP/RAC 08 Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Mediterranean", Annual Technical Publication, October, 2009. http://www.scprac.org/es/mediateca/revista-scp/rac Alcantud, A i Mazo D.: “Public bodies role as a driving force for sustainable behaviour change” (Conference paper). Alcantud, A i Mazo D.: “Water crisis: Public management of an emergency situation” Resilient Cities Conference, Bonn, 2010 http://resilient-cities.iclei.org/ In Create Acceptance, I was in charge of designing the Step 5 Esteem tool (http://www.esteem-tool.eu/esteem-tool/). This step of the toolkit, promotes new technologies on RES and RUE acceptance, and provides a guideline to managing participatory workshops in different contexts. Finally, Youthx Change: Adaptation of the UNEP-UNESCO guide to the Catalan context
D2 Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides various examples or reports and papers she has produced to feed into the learning process at a transnational level.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
The Create Acceptance project allowed me to work on 5 different case studies. Each one was different in its content, but contained a common goal: increasing the competitiveness of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and Rational Use of Energy (RUE) by sensitizing and convincing people about the benefits of the new technologies. Moreover, the variety of actors who have been working on this project (Research centers, Universities, public and private sectors) have allowed for a well-rounded report to be created for each case study. I collaborated in 5 Create Acceptance study cases, principally giving technical advice and support in steps 1, 2 (mapping) and 5 (participative workshops). In each case study, citizens, managers and policy makers were involved in different activities that allowed “Step 6 Planning to actions” to be elaborated, and that included action recommendations. http://www.esteem-tool.eu/case-studies/ Through Youthx Change, the UNEP and UNESCO try to show young people that it is possible to make our world better in daily actions. In this case, I was responsible for the guide’s adaptation to the Catalan context. Youthx Change: Adaptation of the UNEP-UNESCO guide to the Catalan context http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0012/001240/124085cat.pdf
D3 Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides multiple examples of reports incorporating good practices and policy messages and describes her role in the production of these reports.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
The goal of Create Acceptance is to increase the competitiveness of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and Rational Use of Energy (RUE), thanks to the development of a tool capable of measuring, promoting and improving the social acceptance of such technologies. The project’s consortium included research institutes from different European countries, universities, as well as the Hungarian Environmental Economics Centre. Thanks to this diversity, each transformation actor could bring his/her particular knowledge to the table and all the projects were able to maximize their results and benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness. http://www.esteem-tool.eu/esteem-tool/ YouthxChange Project is a toolkit with practical examples on sustainable lifestyles and their environmental or social impact in terms of sustainability. Indeed, the main goal of the project was to sensitize young people about the issues and challenges in the world. I was involved in the content’s adaptation to a Catalan context.
D4 Assessment: 
0 - Applicant does not describe her role in the design of the outputs nor is there a defined dissemination strategy.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
A large part of my professional experience has been linked to the environmental field, which I have approached from several perspectives and multiple tools: Sustainable consumption, production and political advice, or the advice given to the National Action Plan for Sustainable Consumption and Production in Croatia; the promotion and study of sustainable lifestyles in Spread Sustainable Lifestyles; YouthxChange; and EUPopp (7FP). In addition, I am used to designing ad hoc participatory tools and approaches to energy efficiency programs, sustainable consumption, or the use and integration of new technologies in general. This was the case with Create Acceptance (6FP), in particular. As a sociologist specialized in public policies and citizen participation in the framework of sustainable urban development, I am able to perform distinct tasks adapted to the needs of the projects and multidisciplinary teams. I have been part of the design and execution-technical teams for transnational projects, as either the coordinator and/or the knowledge transfer officer.
Assessment: 
Applicant is validated for the thematic field of environmental issues.
Theme / Policy: 
Integrated Urban Renewal
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
As a sociologist with postgraduate studies on "Local government, participation and sustainable development", I am trained to apply a multidisciplinary approach to integrated urban renewal. GrowSmarter (2015- ongoing) aims to incorporate and demonstrate ‘12 smart city solutions’ in energy-buildings, ICT infrastructure and urban mobility and transport implemented in Lighthouse cities (Stockholm, Cologne and Barcelona) to provide other cities (Suceava, Ro; Cork ,Ir; Malta; Porto, PO; and Gratz, AU) with valuable insights on how to replicate the solutions. In GrowSmarter, as a part of the coordination team, I am in charge of ensuring the activities’ good performance. I also facilitate the knowledge and information transfer among the multidisciplinary team (ICT & energy engineers, economists, urban planners and researchers) to assure a common understanding of the objectives and activities necessary to achieve these (contribution to deliverables, study visits and workshop organization and performance). http://www.grow-smarter.eu/home/
D1 Assessment: 
1- Applicant demonstrates sufficient knowledge on integrated urban renewal, based on her postgraduate studies and experience in multidisciplinary teams on projects on urban development.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
During the “Training Service on Smart Cities for local governments of the Greater Santiago” project, I organized a participatory and learning workshop of two days about the construction of more sustainable, inclusive and innovative cities, for public executives and mayors of 34 municipalities that composed the Gran Santiago (Santiago de Chile). In addition, I was also in charge of the information and guidance of international experts and technical professionals involved, in order to guarantee that the information provided corresponded with the participants’ needs. The workshops were focused on metropolitan mobility and waste management, disposal and treatment. In addition, I was responsible for the elaboration and presentation of best practices, benchmarking on waste management and mobility in Latin America. Following this, a reporting phase ensued, containing recommendations and a presentation of the results. The report is not public because of the recommendations to policy-makers in a pre-electoral context. In the GrowSmarter project, as part of the coordination team, one of my tasks is to compile and harmonize the deliverables (ongoing task). Moreover, as a support to site management, I also contribute to the deliverables with a contextualization of the measures implemented in the city.
D2 Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides two examples of projects in which she collaborated in producing thematic inputs used to feed in the process of a developing project.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
During the “Training Service on Smart Cities for local governments of the Greater Santiago” Project, workshops of 2 days were organized. The report includes the results, discussions and presentations of those 2 days. Once the presentations were complete, I systematized all the information in order to analyse it. This allowed me to compare the results of Santiago de Chile, with the Benchmark of Latin America’s experiences on local waste management and sustainable urban mobility solutions. The report is not public because of the recommendations to policy-makers in a pre-electoral context. Regarding GrowSmarter, I am in charge of the coordination and management of the activities that take place in Barcelona. Following each visit by the technicians and experts, I produced a summary of the activities that took place during the visit. Moreover, I support the partners in the elaboration of the final deliverables.
D3 Assessment: 
1- Applicant demonstrates ability to produce concise reports, with one example of a large reports for Smart Cities in Santiago and on of periodic reports produced as summaries of the recommendations provided during GrowSmarter meetings.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
As part of the GrowSmarter Project (2015- on going), by the end of 2018, the follower cities have to have received the information to properly decide which measures they want to replicate concerning energy, ICT and mobility measures. In order to facilitate this, the Lighthouse cities (Stockholm, Barcelona and Colonia) are preparing a demonstration strategy report and an implementation report. The first one includes the communication strategy of the project for each Lighouse city, and as part of the coordination team in Barcelona, I am in charge of compiling and harmonizing the report that includes the dissemination of activities of 17 Barcelona partners. On the other hand, the implementation report will include obstacles, achievements, business model and contractual partnerships, lessons learnt and recommendations with the purpose of sharing the experience with the follower cities.
D4 Assessment: 
1- Applicant describes how she is in charge of compiling and harmonizing a report for dissemination activities of all the different partners in a project.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
As a sociologist with postgraduate studies on "Local government, participation and sustainable development", I am used to working with multidisciplinary teams and approaches to tackle integrated urban renewal. GrowSmarter is a huge and ambitious project (2015- ongoing) that aims to integrate and demonstrate ‘12 smart city solutions’ in energy-buildings, ICT infrastructure and urban mobility and transport in Lighthouse cities (Stockholm, Cologne and Barcelona) to provide other cities (Suceava (Ro), Cork (Ir), Malta Porto (PO) and Gratz (AU) with valuable insights on how to replicate the solutions. In GrowSmarter, as part of the coordination support team, I am in charge of ensuring the activities’ good performance. This includes the facilitation of information, as well as the organization and support to study visits and workshops. Moreover, I contribute to the deliverables with the contextualization of the measures implemented in the city, whenever this is needed.
Assessment: 
Applicant is validated for the thematic field of Integrated Urban Renewal, showing sufficient understanding and experience of the theme.

Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies

E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices : 
My Bachelor’s Degree in sociology, as well as my postgraduate courses on "Local government, participation and sustainable development", and "Evaluation of the design, implementation and impact of public policies", are directly linked with my work, and have enabled me to apply participative methodology techniques in all of the urban context projects. Thus, whenever possible in the consulting processes for cities, I always integrate a participatory approach that favors consensus in the design and application of public policies. As far as I know, thanks to my experience, there must be a minimum consensus: Internal and cross-sectional among municipal departments, and external with appropriate stakeholders, in order to guarantee the local policy’s success. This is especially important in the development of comprehensive city plans and strategies (smart city, sustainable development, mobility and urban planning etc.). The specific tool or methodology used (RAP, EASW, SWOT, ecc) depends on the city’s needs. An example is the "+ Sustainable City Council Convention", establishing the priorities of Barcelona’s City Council in its greening process programme. Barcelona’s City Council holds an annual convention with all of the civil workers and directors. My role in this project was to define, design and direct the whole participative process and set the agenda for the final event and report. The participative process took 9 months and finished with an event.
E.1 Assessment: 
1- Applicant describes a project in which she had a major role in the design and delivery of participatory methods and tools, including methodologies she is familiar with.
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
My Bachelor Degree in sociology, as well as my postgraduate courses on "Local government, participation and sustainable development", and "Evaluation of the design, implementation and impact of public policies", are directly linked with project design, implementation, monitoring and development of new smart city strategies. An integral part of city strategies (sustainable development and/or smart cities) is Change management. Change management includes the design and application of performance and impact indicators for the implementation of actions that must allow for follow-up and adaptation to new challenges when the initially planned objectives are met. This is accomplished through templates that are integrated into the daily management of the strategy. This perspective has been included in the "Guidelines for developing an Intelligent City Strategy" service for the municipalities of the Diputación de Barcelona, or in the city strategies for Puebla (Mexico) and Santa Tecla (El Salvador).
E.2 Assessment: 
1- Applicant describes projects she has been involved in the that included change management, monitoring and evaluation and the way this monitoring was done.
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
I am very familiar with the policies and grant schemes of the EU, as I have participated in European projects since 2006 (6th FP, 7th FM, Life, Horizon 2020). I am up to date with newsletters (Urban Innovative Action, EU Smart Cities Information System) and the European Commission Futurium platform.
E.3 Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides examples of newsletters and platforms she uses to stay up to date on main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development.
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
A large part of my work is to design and apply tailored research and participatory methodologies, to be as effective as possible in different local contexts and achieve fixed goals. This is the case for the “ad hoc” design of a participatory work methodology for technicians and politicians of the 34 municipalities of the Greater Santiago Area of Chile, the design of alternative procedures to carry out workshops in Step 5 of the Esteem Manual (Create Acceptance), and for the "Guidelines for developing an Intelligent City Strategy" service for the municipalities of the Diputación de Barcelona, as well as my contribution to GrowSmarter reports that provide other cities with valuable insights on how to replicate the solutions.
E.4 Assessment: 
1 - Applicant describes 2 projects in which she was in charge of designing participatory work methodologies for participants with different backgrounds and from different places.
Summary Expertise: 
Thanks to my specialization as a sociologist, as well as postgraduate studies on "Local government, participation and sustainable development", and "Evaluation of the design, implementation and impact of public policies"; all of my professional career has entailed consultant work for public-local institutions and public policies, and/or participative processes. I adapt and apply tailored research and participatory methodologies to be as effective as possible in varying contexts to design, apply and monitor local policies. I have been in charge of participative processes and in setting public policies for example: "+ Sustainable City Council Convention" in Barcelona; the learning and participatory workshop in Greater Santiago; and the design of alternative procedures to carry out workshops in Step 5 of the Esteem Manual (Create Acceptance). Currently, my work revolves around the execution, design, and giving advice to municipalities and regional governments surrounding strategic plans for Smart Cities, with a focus on sustainable development, democracy, and the appropriate usage of technologies to improve the quality of life of citizens.
Assessment: 
Applicant is validated for delivering integrated and participatory policies.

Informations

Residence location:
Spain
Languages:
Spanish - Mother tongue
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Email:
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