Alex Arenas

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Barcelona, Spain
Alma mater
  • University of Barcelona (PhD)
  • James Mc Donnell Foundation Award (2011)
  • ICREA Academia Award (2011, 2017)

Alex Arenas is a Spanish physicist, network scientist, and professor at Rovira i Virgili University. He is best known for his work on multileveled complex networks.

Education and Career

Arenas received his PhD in Physics in 1996 from the University of Barcelona. The next year in 1997, Arenas became an associate professor for the Computer Science and Mathematics at Rovira i Virgili University. In 2000, Arenas became a visiting scholar at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he worked with physicist and professor Alexandre Chorin. Arenas has been awarded the James Mc Donnell Foundation Award and the ICREA Academia Award for his work in network science and has served as editor for both Physical Review and Journal of Complex Networks.


Arenas is a prominent network scientist and has written over 190 interdisciplinary publications and received almost 30000 citations.Arenas's research focuses on the intersection between the structure of connectivity and functionality within multileveled complex systems and networks. He has applied his research into many different areas, from epidemic spreading to transportation networks. His most cited work discusses synchronization phenomena within complex network topology and its application to natural systems. He also also done extensive research using mathematical modeling to stratify population demographics to more accurately map and predict the spread of COVID-19.


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