Speaker Bio & Abstract

Ana Isabel Moreno Monroy Economist, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities

BiographyAna Isabel Moreno Monroy is an economist at the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities at the OECD. Previously she worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and as Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow at the Rovira i Virgili University and the London School of Economics. In her research she uses geo-spatial data and economic and geography methods to contribute to the design of social inclusion policies. She has published in leading academic journals including the Journal of Development Economics and Regional Science and Urban Economics. Ana owns a Masters and a PhD in Economics from the University of Groningen.AbstractAs the percentage of the urban population increases worldwide, cities evolve into larger agglomerations that extend beyond high-density cores to encompass surrounding suburban areas from where people move daily for work, consumption or leisure. Geospatial technology has made possible to construct highly detailed accounts of human presence to account for urbanisation patterns that are comparable and consistent across countries and over time. This presentation will discuss the evolution of human presence in urban centres and their areas of influence in cities across the globe using a new consistent definition of urban agglomerations. It will outline concomitant environmental, social and institutional challenges of urban form and reflect on how geospatial technology can further contribute to the design of better policies.