Forum Experts 2018
Joan Romero González
Professor, Interuniversity Institute for Local Development and Department of Geography, University of Valencia
Joan Romero is Professor of Human Geography. He was director of the University of Valencia’s Interuniversity Institute for Local Development until 2008. He teaches at the departments of Political Science and Administration, Journalism, History and Geography. He was a visiting scholar in the School of Geography, Leeds University.
Over the last ten years, his teaching and research activities have focused on the fields of political geography, public policy, state organization, and new forms of territorial governance in Spain and Europe. He has edited several textbooks, including Geografía Humana. Procesos riesgos e incertidumbres en un mundo globalizado (2004) (2007 second edition) and Las Otras Geografías (2006 y 2012) with Joan Nogué.
Professor Romero has written and edited 29 books and almost a hundred journal articles and book chapters. He was principal researcher and coordinator of a research project on Strategies of Territorial Cooperation in Spain, funded by ERDF and the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (2002-2005), and involving 54 researchers from 14 different Spanish universities. He participated in the Spanish team of the ESPON project. In 2006-2007 he was a member of the expert committee on Diagnosis and Reform of the Spanish Central Administration, appointed by the Spanish Ministry of Public Administration. He participated as an expert in the discussion and design of the Territorial Strategy of Navarra, Territorial Strategy of the Region of Valencia, and Territorial Strategy of Castilla-La Mancha.
He is a member of the Alfons Cucó Chair on European Political Thought at the University of Valencia. He is also a member of the citizen movement Valencians pel Canvi and the State and Social Cohesion Observatory of the ‘1 de Mayo’ Foundation. He is one of the authors of the manifest Towards a Federal Spain and member of the network ‘Federalistas en red’. From 2006 he is chief editor of Colección Desarrollo Territorial, a series on territorial development published by the University of Valencia. He is also chief editor of Tirant lo Blanc Humanidades. He held several positions at the regional government of Valencia and the Spanish government: ‘Director General de Universidades de la Generalitat Valenciana’ (1983), ‘Secretario General Técnico del Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia’ between 1985 and 1987, and ‘Conseller de Educación y Ciencia de la Generalitat Valenciana’ between 1993 and 1995.