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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona also known as UAB is a public university mostly located in Cerdanyola del Vallès, near the city of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain.

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Our challenges

Challenges of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Prevention of textile waste

How to establish habits of consumption and closet replacement and elimination. Consumption habits will be related to economic level, gender, age, territory.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production
Transform the free food distribution program guaranteeing alimentary security for vulnerable groups.

Rethink and transform the current food security model (free and subsidy-based), by considering the whole food value chain and actors, with the intention to provide a holistic transformation in terms of related policies and practices.

Zero Hunger, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Reducing Inequality, Good Health and Well-being, Responsible Consumption and Production
SuperBlock of Covadonga

Rethinking mobility and public space to generate attractive and healthy urban spaces.

Life On Land, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Good Health and Well-being, Decent Work and Economic Growth
Providing affordable, decent and energy-efficient housing to guarantee a basic right and strengthen community life

Preventing and addressing the housing emergency, ensuring housing really serves a social function, increasing the number of affordable flats and renovating the existing housing stock, with special emphasis on insulation and energy efficiency.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Reducing Inequality, Good Health and Well-being, Affordable and Clean Energy
Digital inclusion against social inequality

This challenge is framed under "Connect Barcelona" project, a pilot promoted by the City Council of Barcelona to address the digital divide through three strategies: provision of electronic equipment, access to Internet connexion and digital literacy.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Gender Equality
Reinventing food access

The challenge is to discover new ways of transforming usual redistribution of food (food banks) in order to dignify food access and promote social cohesion, by leading local projects to reduce food waste.

Zero Hunger, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Reducing Inequality, Gender Equality, Partnerships for the Goals
Closed for application
Engaging energy transition to pursue a new energy system

Our current energy system predominantly relies upon fossil fuel producer countries and large electricity supplier companies. They strongly influence energy market prices and provide energy from sources that considerably impact the environment and human health. This system is no longer sustainable. The challenge is to design innovative solutions to effectively communicate and involve civil society in building a new renewable, transparent, distributed energy system that empowers communities.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, Affordable and Clean Energy
Big Data & Climate Change in Barcelona

The IPCC AR6 report (2022) warns that climate change has arrived irreversibly and will affect the lives of citizens worldwide, thus placing cities in the forefront of possible actions. Although there is plenty of climate data to support policies and actions, as well as urban bid data to help us understand how our cities work, we are still missing concrete urban data or correlated data that can impulse data-driven changes and initiatives.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action