Public Diplomacy Research Group in Barcelona (Spain)

Institute opens new office in Bacelona.

As part of its commitment to building the field of public diplomacy, Institute conducts research into thematic areas of perennial interest and identifies emerging trends deserving of further scientific analysis.

The Institute is run entirely by dedicated and hardworking volunteers.

We have dedicated volunteer professionals and professors who donate several to many hours per week to advise professors, students universities and NGOs in their areas of expertise.

The Institute provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to researchers, media and the interested public.

We do not receive money donations for our programmes and researches, but depend strictly on our community voluntary support.

We welcome voluntary research proposals that match these initiatives.

Specifically, our activities aim to have an impact by:

Expanding access to knowledge and expertise in areas related to Public Diplomacy

Increasing the understanding and use of public diplomacy routes in conflict resolution

Creating partnership opportunities for stakeholders in different fields: Trade, Culture, Education and Environment

Enhancing understanding and interaction between societies

To this end, each year researchers are invited to apply for the Research program. All in-house research and related events are designed to bridge the gap between academic and professional work in these areas.


Why is the group led from Barcelona and not from the UK?

In this exciting context, Barcelona has taken the lead. The Catalan capital, hosts a hundred foreign consulates, being the world’s 4th non-state capital city in terms of consular representation. It also hosts the headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean, that gathers 43 countries from Europe and the Mediterranean Basin, and it is home of regional offices of relevant international organizations such as WHO Office for Health Systems Strengthening (WHO/Europe), UN-HABITAT City Resilience Profiling Programme (UN-HABITAT/CRPP), Global Water Operator’s Partnerships Alliance (UN-HABITAT/GWOPA), United Nations University Institute on Globalisation, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM), and hosts the global headquarters of Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI), European Forest Institute (EFI), and the headquarters of the main international networks of cities and regions such as United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Metropolis and MedCities, as well as home of numerous global NGOs and institutes working in international affairs.

Our project is a pioneering initiative aiming at designing and implementing an effective, comprehensive and positive science and technology diplomacy strategy.

Institute brings together scientists, engineers and foreign affairs practitioners to raise the role of science and technology in geopolitics.

Institute exists to provide a direct channel of interaction amongst public diplomacy stakeholders in the field:

Cultural diplomacy

Economic diplomacy

Social diplomacy

Municipal diplomacy

Health diplomacy

Sports diplomacy

It aims to present a continuous channel of exchange of ideas and knowledge and to promote building bridges for understanding and cooperation.

Institute works towards improving standards of public diplomacy by conducting research and publishing publications, analysis and reports to different stakeholders.

It provides objective research on foreign policy and public diplomacy.

Whilst the Institute respects different opinions and ideas, it insists on tolerance and will reject any form of discrimination.


Public Diplomacy Research Group is an collaborative project that aims to further the study and practice of public diplomacy. The group holds regular talks, workshops and public events with members of the public diplomatic community all over the world.

Please if you have any questions, do not hesitate to comment in the post or reach out to us info@institut.uk

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