Artur Serra has a PhD in cultural anthropology from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB). For the past 15 years, he has worked at technological research institutes such as the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (UPC), the Centre for Internet Applications and the Fundación i2cat.
He started working at the UPC where he was hired as a researcher as part of COMIC, a European project focused on systems design for Computer Supported Cooperative Work that was looking for an anthropologist. At the same time, he started several citizen networks within the city of Barcelona as part of the European project Epitelio.
He always has tried to combine two lines of research and innovation: a more technological one in conjunction with the UPC and the Fundació i2cat, aimed at developing new kinds of architecture, applications and services for the new Internet; and one more social in orientation, aimed at fostering an innovative knowledge society for all citizens, which has resulted in the Citilab project. Technology and culture can be the building blocks of this era, much like science and economics still are, and religion and war were in earlier societies.