The Technical University of Madrid (UPM) is the oldest and largest Spanish technical university. UPM offers most of engineering disciplines as well as Architecture, Computer Science and Geodesy & Cartography. UPM is a member of more than 10 European Technology Platforms UPM has 220 Research Groups, 5 RD Institutes and 10 RDI Centres. The activity of the Research Group Architecture, Urbanism and Sustainability covers a wide range of topics, including a research line focused on “Urbanism and Agrarian Systems” in which practical tools and methods to integrate periurban agrarian areas in urban and territorial planning have been developed. GiAU+S is also responsible for the management of one of the main databases in Spanish language about Good urban practices on sustainability, linked to UN Habitat. The GIAU+s will incorporate an external member from the Group of International Economics and Development of the Universitat Politècnica de València (Olga Moreno), whose academic profile complements that of GIAU+s researchers in the field of patterns of change of farming systems (see below) Role of partner in the project: UPM will collaborate with the database building (WP1) by providing expertise with agricultural statistics (eg. Agricultural censuses) and socioeconomic data sources. This team will also participate in WP3, analysing a local case study of periurban agriculture strongly affected by the urban sprawl. Olga Moreno and Marian Simon will contribute to the coordination of WP5.
Jose Fariña Tojo is Dr Architect and holds a Law degree. Full-time Professor, he has been in charge of different research projects funded by the Ministry of Housing and other institutions. He was responsible for the National White Paper on Sustainable Urbanism. Currently he collaborates in different national R+D research projects suchs as « Urban lessons from the housing bubble: dimensions, costs and benefits from the Spanish urban growth 1990-2006 » and « Functional resilience of urban areas. The case of Madrid urban area »
Olga Moreno is an Assistant Professor at the GEID es of the Universitat Politècnica de València. She has participated in several national projects and is currently collaborating with one 7FP project (TRANSMANGO, “Assessment of the impact of drivers of change on Europe’s food and nutrition security”) and one H2020 project (SALSA “Small farms, small food businesses and sustainable food security”). Her research has addressed the processes of farm differentiation in several farming systems in Spain and their implications for the rural territories, combining social research methodologies and statistical information. More recently, her work has focused on the connections between periurban agriculture and local food systems.
Marian Simon Rojo, architect, is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (Faculty of Architecture, UPM) and member of the GIAU+S. Between 2012-2014 she coordinated a 3 years R&D project “Periurban Agrarian ECosystems in Spatial Planning”, financed by the Ministry of Science and Innovation. She participated in the European COST Action TD1106 – Urban Agriculture Europe (UAE), coordinating WG1–Urban Agriculture definitions and Common Agricultural Policy.