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My name is Salvador Anton Clavé (@SalvadorAntonC) and I will be the curator of @CatalanVoices this week. I was born in the town of Vila-seca, in the pleasant Camp de Tarragona area, where I live.

I am Professor at the Rovira i Virgili University where I am the Principal Investigator of the Research Group in Territorial Analysis and Tourism Studies (http://www.urv.cat/en/). My academic background is in Geography and my research interest concentrates on analyzing how places are transformed by tourism mobilities as well as on understanding the effects of these mobilities on economic development, social transformation, place attractiveness and urban competition at different scales (http://moveturproject.org/). Some of my work is about tourism destinations evolution (https://www.routledge.com/Tourism-Destination-Evolution/Brouder-Clave-Gill-Ioannides/p/book/9781472453990), tourism geographies research (http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/S1571-5043%282013%290000019012) or the globalization of the theme park industry (http://www.cabi.org/bookshop/book/9781845932084).

I currently serve as Director of the Doctoral Program in Tourism and Leisure (http://www.doctor.urv.cat/futurs-estudiants/oferta/7714/en_index/) and as Director of Research at the Science and Technology Park for Tourism and Leisure of Catalonia (http://www.pct-turisme.cat/eng/). I have recently been Visiting Research Scholar at the International Institute of Tourism Studies at the George Washington University in Washington DC (http://business.gwu.edu/blogs/how-good-urban-planning-is-critical-to-successful-tourism-an-interview-with-visiting-research-scholar-salvador-anton-clave/). During this time I was living in Bethesda, in the beautiful Maryland, with my wife and my daughter.

Beside my professional background, my personal interests are diverse. I am currently reading a David Abulafia´s book about the struggle for the dominion of Western Mediterranean during the Middle Ages and the role of the Catalan kings entitled The Western Mediterranean Kingdoms 1200-1500: The Struggle for Dominion (https://books.google.es/books/about/The_Western_Mediterranean_Kingdoms_1200.html?id=aFomAQAAMAAJ&redir_esc=y). I also love hiking, listening music, traveling and tasting wines and teas with friends.

This week I will be tweeting about mobilities, tourism, cities, public spaces and my daily life. I hope you enjoy my tweets.

CarlosCarrasco

Hello!

My name is Carlos Carrasco (@ccfarre) and I will be your curator this week. I am researcher at IESE Business School (proudly part of the IESE Cities in Motion research group: www.iese.edu/cim) and Partner – Chief Data Scientist at EIXOS (@eixoscat and www.eixos.cat), a company focused on discovering economic patterns in cities using amazing data.

I was born in Barcelona and I have lived here since then. However, I have also lived in London and Boston for study purposes (at the London School of Economics and Havard University respectively). My background is in political science (I studied at Pompeu Fabra University) but soon I turned into economics and strategy with a special focus in urban development. In case you are not familiar with these issues, I would recommend you to learn a little bit more about it. Do you know that for the first time in history more than half of the human population lives in cities and that our urban areas generate more than 80% of the global GDP? If at the end of the week you think “I need to learn more about cities”, I would have succeeded because cities are one of the more fascinating human creations!

Beside my professional background, I love to read and enjoy good meals. I have to admit that my reading habits are kind of freak: I love academic papers so I’m extremely lucky to have a perfect intersection between my professional and personal life! In addition to feeding my brain, I love to feed my stomach. I enjoy cooking every day and going out for eating with my girlfriend or friends and discuss about politics, economics or science while we share a good wine or cocktails.

As a curator of Catalan Voices I will be tweeting about my passions: cities, technology, data analysis, food and my daily life in Barcelona. You can also visit my webpage to learn more about my work: www.ccfarre.com

Welcome to my world!

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Hi there! My name is Montserrat Forcadell and I am delighted to be your @CatalanVoices curator for this week. I currently live in Barcelona, a fantastic city, but I’m proud to share with you that my hometown is Riudoms, a small town in Tarragona, where the greatest architect on Earth (at least to me) was born. Gaudí was baptised in Reus, but he drew his first breath in Mas de la Calderera, his parent’s country house in the municipal boundary of Riudoms (I’ll be more than happy to give more detailed facts to anyone interested via Twitter @montseforcadell or mail forcadell.montse@gmail.com.)

I’m a lecturer (Associate Professor) at the Universitat de Barcelona, where I teach English linguistics. In fact, I moved to Barcelona to teach at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, after having taught English at several secondary schools in Catalonia, mainly in the Tarragona area, and following a year spent in the UK completing a Master’s degree in Theoretical Linguistics at the University of Reading (more famous for the summer festival held in town rather than its great campus and faculties). I also hold a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the UPF.

For those of you into Linguistics (otherwise you may skip this paragraph altogether), my main academic fields of interest are Pragmatics (information packaging), Prosody (intonation patterns and sentence accent), and Applied Linguistics (contrastive English/Catalan marked structures). Here are some of my articles to give you an idea of the focus of my research: “Subject informational status and word order: Catalan as an SVO Language”, Journal of Pragmatics, 2013; Structural change in Catalan discourse, Studies in Language, 2014; “The translation into Catalan of marked structures in King Lear”, Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, 2014; “Seqüències no desaccentuables en català: prosòdia aliena en el català de TV3”, Estudis Romànics, 2015; “Catalan pronominalisation and information structure: the role of primary accent”, Catalan Review, 2015; and “New prosodic patterns in Catalan: information structure and (de)accentability”, Journal of Pragmatics, 2016. Currently, I am also interested in how to tackle contrastive English/Catalan marked structures so that university students might have a better understanding and command of them, especially when they involve prosodic factors linked to primary accent position, which in Catalan plays a central role in the mapping of its syntax, and its language typology in general.

Nowadays, I’m quite worried about the health of Catalan. Most of my academic publications are intended to shed some light on what I think is the effect of the massive pressure Spanish is putting on Catalan, so that linguists might be aware of the need to address certain syntactic issues asap, unless we don’t mind Catalan developing into a “language” with Catalan lexical items, but a Spanish syntactic structure.

Those who are still reading will have realised that the study of Language (and of Catalan specifically) is one of my passions. Another is fighting for Catalonia’s secession from Spain. But all this would be a bit dry without the pleasures of (good) wine tasting with friends (I’ve done a million tastings but have learnt very little!), skiing and snowboarding, furniture and interior design (just looking) and great food (just eating; cooking is a project that is still pending, as some of my friends are too good at it for me to get motivated to start!).

I hope you follow me on Twitter this week and contact me about any issue you like. It would be great to make new acquaintances!

JLgraupera

Hi world!

My name is Joan López i Graupera (@jlgraupera) and I’ve just turned 50 last week so I have already lived half a century and I am looking forward to the next half and beyond!

I was born in Mataró, Barcelona, and after studying Telecommunications Engineering at UPC and getting married to Maria I moved to Paris for a couple of years to grow professionally and see the world from a different perspective.

During the last years of my career I have specialized on eCommerce solutions and Customer Experience technologies. 

Currently I live in Argentona, a small town near my born city, where I can work remotely, relax and enjoy the nature. I love running and I have just finished my third (and probably last) marathon.

I’m happily married, proud father of three (Albert, Laura and Jana) and working for a multinational software company. Yes, working for a global corporation has a lot of advantages (like travelling around the world as part of your job) but I admire all these entrepreneurs taking personal risks to create new ventures and chasing dreams.

I think I’m in a moment of my life where I can still take important decisions that will impact how I will live the rest of my life and change things for better.

“Leave this world a little better than you found it” (said by Boy Scouts’ founder Baden-Powell) that’s why I am into sustainable mobility. I am an electric car driver pioneer owning one of the first full-electric commercial cars in Spain (a first generation Nissan Leaf). I am curious by nature so I like astronomy and anything related to the exploration of our solar system and beyond.

During my week as curator for @catalanvoices I will discuss mainly about my experience at work but I will also share my personal daily stories with all of you, please you are welcome to comment them, I hate monologues.

I am a catalan, a citizen of the world, and I want to make my people’s voice to be heard.

 

Go and find me in the social networks!

Twitter: www.twitter.com/jlgraupera / Instagram: www.instagram.com/jlgraupera / Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/jlgraupera /

Sindre_Hopland

My name is Sindre Hopland (@sindrehopland), and I’m a journalist and media creator based in Poble Nou, Barcelona.

Almost two years ago I escaped the winter in Norway for a better life in Barcelona. Little did I know that this place offers more than just warm weather and beautiful beaches, but a thriving community of professionals making Catalunya one of the most vibrant and international business hubs along the Mediterranean.

In Norway I worked as a journalist, both in print and radio for the national broadcaster (NRK.no), so after arriving in Barcelona I looked for a way to cross my writing with my interest in technology and young companies. I found Barcinno and started writing for the only English publication covering startups in Barcelona. I quickly got introduced to the community, and today I work for the venture builder itnig , which invest and help grow technology startups. Right now we’re building Camaloon (link> camaloon.com), Quipu (link>getquipu.com) , Gymforless (link> gymforless.com), Factorial (link> factorialhr.com), Parkimeter (link> Parkimeter.com) and Playfulbet (Link> playfulbet.com).

As a curator of Catalan Voices I will post about the growing startup ecosystem in Barcelona and other things related to startups and technology.

Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič

Hey everyone! My name is Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič (@llisjak), and this week I have the honor of tweeting at @CatalanVoices. I’m from Slovenia, but I’ve been living and working in Budapest for a while now. I’m finishing my PhD in Comparative History at the Central European University, where I’ve been also working at an ERC-sponsored project on the history of political thought in East-Central Europe. The first volume of our collective effort was published by Oxford University Press last year, and the second, with my coauthorship, should be out early next year.

I’ve graduated in history and Italian philology from the University in Ljubljana in Slovenia, and continued my studies at the CEU in Budapest. I’m working on intellectual history, nationalism and national identities and the history of political thought. Although my research is focused on Slovenia and former Yugoslavia in the period before and after World War Two, I’ve also been working on broader themes concerning the intellectual history of the wider East-Central European region.

Right now, I am fighting, together with my friends and colleagues at CEU, for the survival of my university, which is under attack by the Hungarian government of Viktor Orbán.

I have also worked as a columnist and commentator for a number of Slovenian media outlets, including Siol.net, one of the largest in the country. I’ve worked as a translator, and I’m an editor of the quarterly journal on culture and public discussion, called Razpotja (Crossroads).

I’ve been following the developments in Catalonia since around 2005, when I started learning the language. I’m a great fan of Catalan culture, and I’m especially in love with its poetic and intellectual tradition. I’m interested in Catalonia also as a prospective scholar of nationalism and identity conflicts.

ManelGarridoCatalanVoices

Hi everyone! This is Manel Garrido Baserba,  born in the beautiful land of the Alt Empordà, Girona province, in 1983. I am currently doing my postdoctoral career at the University of California- UCI (Orange County, Los Angeles), working as a professor and researcher at the Civil and Environmental Engineering within the Urban Water Research Center. During these 4 years in the US several projects allow me to live half of the time in lovely cities like Washington DC and Miami Dade.

I am more than excited, and glad, to live and to be part of these incredible time we catalans are living these days. These last years have been an explosion of feelings, historical moments and collective actions that makes you proud to belong to such nation.

My background is a mixture of Environmental Sciences and environmental engineering. I  combined my degree working for several International companies (EASEN. CO, China; and Construfer Engenharia, Brasil) and EU Universities (LEUPHANA, Germany and UdG, Catalonia). After obtaining my Master (MSc) degree on Water Science and Technology at the University of Girona and in the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) I started my PhD at the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA). In that period, he contributed to develop and implement new tools and methodologies in a Decision Support System (EDSS) for the selection of the best wastewater treatment plant alternatives. During these years as PhD student I received two predoctoral fellowships, one at the Australian National University Canberra (ANU) and the other at the Group of Environmental Bioprocesses in Santiago de Compostela (Spain).

Actively participating on the Balsells Fellowship (California -Catalonia fellowship) and with el Casal Català of California.

As curator of Catalan Voices, I’d focus on the international point of view of the Catalan movement and be able to provide the most up-to-date news and interesting developments regarding the quest of the Catalan nation to build its own state.