MONTSERRAT PALLARES-BARBERA was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Geographical Analysis. Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences February 2011 to January 2012. She is an Associate Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Her Ph.D. was in Economic Geography and Location Theory at Boston University. Currently, her research focuses in the intersection between Urban Geography, Geographic Information Systems and Social Well Being. Pallares has conducted field work in Spain, specifically in the Pyrenees and in Barcelona. She started her research in the automobile industry in Spain; in which she did her Ph. D. Dissertation. Her research then moved to different topics within Economic Geography, such as studying economic clusters and spatial loyalty of economic activity in rural areas, area taxonomy, gender and social capital, and new economy in cities. She is now involved in the study of the relation between urban planning and social well being, analyzing the provision of services and population in the outstanding classics of urban planning such as Ildefonso Cerdà’s Plan of Urban Expansion of Barcelona. Pallares hold administrative positions in her university; being for some years Vice Rector and Vice Dean at the Universtiat Autònoma de Barcelona. She usually teaches Economic Geography and Spatial Analysis at graduate and undergraduate courses. Her most recent publications are a co-authored critical study of the renewal of the Barcelona’s technological neighborhood, called the 22@BCN; this has been published in Urban Studies in 2009; and a co-authored analysis of the negative externalities produced by airport expansion and societal responses, which has been published in the Journal of Transport Geography in 2011.