Ainara Fernández Tortosa

Research Officer, Global Observatory on Local Democracy and Decentralization, United Cities and Local Governments

Born in Almería (Spain), she completed her studies in International Business Economics at Pompeu Fabra University and holds a Master in Governing the Large Metropolis from Sciences Po Paris, where she specialized in housing policies and quantitative methods for policy analysis. Since 2019, she works at the Global Observatory of Local Democracy and Decentralization and has partaken in the annual elaboration of the local and regional governments’ report to the UN HLPF, the fifth and sixth editions of the Global Report on

Decentralization and Local Democracy (GOLD) and the Rethinking Housing Policies report in the framework of the Cities for Adequate Housing movement. She is part of the Emergency Governance Initiative in Cities and Regions developed by UCLG, Metropolis and LSE Cities and focal point for issues of urban and territorial inequalities, particularly access to housing, socio-spatial segregation, the financialisation of urban assets and feminist-queer urbanism.