Juan Espadas holds a degree in Law from the University of Seville and has been a registered lawyer since 1990. He holds a master's degree in environmental policy and management from the Carlos III University of Madrid (1994) and a diploma in Business Management from the San Telmo Institute of Seville (1999).
He has had various responsibilities in the Junta de Andalucía in the areas of environment, education and science, housing and land use planning, as well as in public companies. He has held positions of technical management (from 1990 to 1994 in the Environment Agency, as advisor and from 1997 to 2000 as secretary general in the environmental management company) and of political responsibility, as head of cabinet of the environment advisor (1994-1996), of the education and science advisor (1996-1997), general director of prevention and environmental quality (2000-2004), vice advisor of environment (2004-2008) and advisor of housing and territorial planning (2008-2010).
From 2011 to 2013 he has combined his position as councillor spokesman for the social democrats municipal group in Seville City Council with that of senator appointed by the Parliament of Andalusia.
He has been Mayor of Seville since June 2015.
He has been a member of the Social Council of the University of Seville from July 2013 to the present and has taught several master degrees in Law and Environmental Management at the Universities of Seville and Carlos III of Madrid, business school of Andalusia and industrial organization school. He has also taken part in forums, courses and congresses on climate change, sustainability and land use planning and has published numerous articles in books, press and specialist journals on environmental issues and sustainable development.
2015 Chairman of the Network of Cities for Climate of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP)
2016 Member of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union for the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP)