My name is Jordi Honey-Rosés (@jordihoney) and I was born in the same year as the Spanish Constitution (1978). While I was educated and raised in California (Sunnyvale), my Catalan mother brought me to the vineyards of the Penedès wine region each summer to visit the family. Playing in the vineyards and with my uncle’s tractor, I learned to love this land.
When I am in Catalonia, Vilafranca del Penedès is my home. This wonderful town is well known for its fine wines, sparkling cava and human towers. Here I have made friends who have shown me a unique way of life that is vastly different from what I was exposed to in suburban Silicon Valley. Catalonia and California were distinct ecosystems when I grew up, each hardly influencing the other. And yet, over time, these two worlds have begun to merge, with flows of people, information and ideas bringing them together more closely together each year. There is no doubt that technology and globalization has shrunk time and space barriers, as the Barcelona Metropolitan Area and the San Francisco Bay increasingly have more and more in common.
I currently reside in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) where I teach and conduct research at the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia. My interests are in environmental planning, forest conservation, water resource management, and impact evaluation.