Alphabetical order (project selection)

Major projects




Models of education from 0 to 3 years of age and participation in the labour market: Study of social innovation in Barcelona

Why families (parents) prefer and/or choose a particular option or model of education for their 0-3 years old children, and a particular model of participation in the labour market? These two decisions are made simultaneously because they are interdependent. As far as these decisions have a deep impact on several dimensions of equity and (in)equality of opportunities (not only for parents, but also for children), it is highly relevant, from a social, political and economic point of view, to know their motivations. Over the past recent years, innovative, alternative models of 0-3 pre-school education have appeared next to the traditional, institutionalized (public/private) provision. What are the characteristics of all these models? What is their distribution across the neighbourhoods of Barcelona? Which family profiles choose each option and why? This study provides knowledge useful to design policy tools that may influence parents’ decisions and improve equality of opportunities for parents and children.

IP: Raquel Gallego
Research team: Nicolás Barbieri (UAB), Jaume Blasco (UAB), Cristina de Gispert (UB), Sheila González (UAB), Paula Salinas (UAB), Enric Saurí (UAB) Maite Vilalta (UB).
Dates: 2018-2020

Project description.



Investing in Children: Politics, Policies and Outcomes (ECECWEL)

To study how equality and quality interact with ECEC expansion this project propose an analytical focus organized around three main streams (1) Politics, (2) Policies, and (3) Outcomes. These three integrated parts will look at the political conditions under which the development of the investing in children paradigm takes places unveiling tensions and contradictions among different actors and mobilization capacity of different social groups and public opinion support; investigate the realization of the investing in children paradigm by looking at policy designs and implementation mechanisms at national, subnational and municipal levels into the early years; and study the outcomes of these policies by looking at conditions of accessibility for groups of different socio-economic background.

The research project “Investment in Early Childhood: Policy, Policies and Results (ECECWEL)” was selected in the 2017 Call: Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad,del Ministerio de Economía, Industry and competitiveness.

IP: Margarita León
Research team: Zyab Ibáñéz (IGOP/UAB); Ricard Gomà (IERMB), Sebastián Sarasa (UPF); Olga Salido (UCM); Lucía Martínez (Universidad de Navarra); Daniel Gabaldón (Universidad de Valencia); Lara Maestripieri (IGOP/UAB); Lara Navarro (IERMB/UAB); Joan Miró (UAB) y Alejandra Peña (IGOP/UAB). Expertos internacionales: Mary Daly (University of Oxford); Christian Morabito (UNESCO), Emmanuele Pavolini (Universitad de Macerata) y Costanzo Ranci (Politecnico de Milano).
Dates: 2018-2021

Project description.



Migration and Democratic Diffusion: Comparing the Impact of Migration on Democratic Participation and Processes in Countries of Origin (MIGRADEMO)

The objective of this project is to unravel the impact of migration on democratic participation and processes in countries of origin. Both international migration and democratic development are important contemporary public and policy concerns.

Research project funded under the H2020 ERC-Consolidator Grant 2016 (ERC CoG) Program.

IP: Eva Ostergaard
Dates: 2018-2023

Project description.


Promoting Youth Involvement and Social Engagement (PROMISE)

Young people face tough choices in key areas of social life that affect their participation in society, and their potential marginalisation from it : from structural issues of unemployment, lack of access to affordable housing and debt problems, to information overload on big questions like the environment, identity, faith and radicalisation, and negotiating the moral challenges of illegal markets and an increasingly sexualised social-media generation. While there are wide variations in opportunities and challenges between and within countries, Young people today face tough choices in negotiating this moral maze. The PROMISE Project will investigate how Young people’s , often negative, responses to these problems create conflict, and how, instead, their responses can provide opportunities for positive social engagement. By addressing the experiences, values and attitudes of European youth seen to be in conflict with older generations, authorities and social norms PROMISE will get to the heart of barriers and opportunities for social engagement. We will employ a four pronged methodology to gather and analyse on a cross national level, alongside comparative ethnographic case study data that uniquely addresses the experiences of ‘conflicted’ youth within the context and social history of each country. Each case study will address a site of conflict and stigmatisation as a (potential) site of innovation or social change. Throughout the process, we will involve Young people across Europe in setting the agenda, in documenting their situation an in articulating their needs. PROMISE will produce a comparative ethnography of Young people in 10 European countries, a comparative quantitative analysis of attitudes, values and control, and policy papers and positive engagement strategies.

IP: Jo Deakin (IP of IGOP partner: Zyab Ibáñez)
Dates: 1st May 2016 for 36 months (2016-2019)
Participating Institutions: University of Manchester (Coordinator); IPRS, Italy; CJD Hambrug and Eutin, Germany; Universitat Autonoma Barcelona (UAB); Universida Catolica Portuguesa (UCP); Univerzita Mateja Bela (UMB Slovakia); Finnish Youth REsearch Network (Finland); University of Tartu (Estonia); GESIS Leibniz Institut (Germany); Centre for Youth Studies (Russia); Ivo Pilar Institute (Croatia).

Promise Project



Social Vulnerability and its Intersections: The role of gender in a comparative perspective (VINE)
Is a research project funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship program, promoted by the European Commission to support research in the European Union and to foster career development and mobility of researchers within and beyond the Union. The general objective of VINE is to analyse how the institutional context as well as individual characteristics – as gender – affects individual risk of living in vulnerable households, from a comparative and multidimensional perspective.

IP: Lara Maestripieri
Dates: 2017-2019

Project description.



Local cultural policies and equity. Study with participatory research methodology
This research project has two main goals:
1) Analyze strengths and challenges of local policies, especially in tackling equity in cultural rights and cultural participation. In particular, the research will be concentrated in four municipalities of Catalonia: El Prat, Igualada, Sabadell and Tiana.
2) Obtain local agents participation in the design and development of this research project. We refer particularly to local governments professionals, as well as cultural agents and citizens.

IP: Nicolás Barbieri
Dates: 2018

Project description.



Good practices analysis, spaces for exchange and activities for the dissemination of knowledge
This research project develops a set of tasks linked to the development of the Bank of Good Practices of the Area of ​​Social Rights of Barcelona City Council:
• Good practices in social rights analysis (10 cases).
• Participation in the development of exchange and generation of knowledge between practices sessions.
• Linking the Bank of Good Practices projects with generation and transfer of knowledge spaces.

IP: Nicolás Barbieri
Dates: 2018

Project description.


Transformational Leadership, PSM and performance: clarifying the relations and the role of the sector, job characteristics and organizational mission values

One of the main concerns of public management research and practice is individual and organizational performance. One of the possible levers to increase individual or organizational performance is leadership and specifically transformational leadership (TL) which has been found to be particularly effective to inspire employees and improve performance.

In this paper we would like to clarify the relations between TL and performance taking into account employees’ public service motivation (PSM). With respect to this question, the paper investigates the relation between TL and PSM: we understand that TL could increase performance for those employees with high levels of PSM. However, we also would like to consider the possibility that it may not be so for those employees with already high levels of PSM. Another question we would like to clarify is the role of person-job fit and person-organization fit in all these relations. In principle, we would expect that a positive relationship between TL, PSM and performance is mediated by a better fit with both the job and the organization.

The literature has studied the relation between TL, PSM and mission valence (Wright, Moynihan and Pandey 2011) and the relation between TL, PSM and performance (Park and Rainey 2008, Belle 2013). However, the outcomes of research in this area need further development in different contexts and sectors as there is still scarce evidence and some relations need clarification.

This research is based on a survey to a sample of professionals from health and social services that the Catalan government uses for various purposes. In order to avoid common source method bias, the analysis will use alternative sources for data on individual and organizational performance. Since the survey is directed to professionals from the public, the non-profit and the private sector, the paper will also analyse whether all the studied relations operate in the same way in different sectors.

IP: Xavier Ballart
Research team: Xavier Ballart, Guillem Rico, Guillem Ripoll i Fidel González


Transnational Political Incorporation

International migration challenges the territorial congruence between states and citizens and the access to policy-making of mobile citizens. There is a long-standing but still growing attention among academics and policy makers to processes of the political incorporation of immigrants in their countries of residence. Yet, also emigrant citizens are increasingly included as legitimate claimants in their homeland polities. We argue that the inclusion tracks available for the local and national incorporation of resident non-citizens are also available to the transnational political incorporation of non-resident citizens in policy making in their country of origin. While only 17 countries extended voting rights to emigrants in 1980, 115 countries did so in 2007 with 13 countries allowing emigrants to elect their own candidates. Moreover, emigrants are increasingly noted to undertake both individual and group non-electoral claims-making towards the homeland. We therefore propose a comprehensive analysis of the transnational political incorporation patterns of emigrants along the dimensions of both electoral and non-electoral modes of participation at both the individual and group level. The opening preliminary hypotheses are that emigrants continue to be interested in having a voice in homeland politics. Yet, the extent to which emigrants incorporate politically in the politics of their homeland depends on the configurations of political rights and resources among individuals and groups relating to both their context of residence and origin.

IP: Eva Ostergaard
Dates: 2015-2018


Multi Agency Training Exit Strategies for radicalised youth: Matt

Recently, European countries have witnessed a stunning growth of youth radicalised to terrorism. Radicalisation mechanisms seem to be common to all countries and many recent studies have shown the impact of prison environment on the radicalisation process. In most recent years, however, the Justice systems of many EU countries have gradually shifted their attention from recruitment to the rehabilitation process of individuals sanctioned or convicted for radicalisation crimes – from in-prison to out-of-prison radicalisation processes. The rehabilitation of these youth is, in fact, increasingly acknowledged as an extremely complex phenomenon that deserves special attention as well as a multiple-skills approach. How to devise a truly efficient exit strategy (probation measures or alternative sanctions) for these youth – a strategy that can be effectively reintegrating the individual in the local society and that avoids risks of re-radicalisation – is a question that raises a number of issues and still needs appropriate responses.

An efficient probation entails a strong interaction between the Justice System and the key actors responsible for the youth’s social rehabilitation at local level. In order for the probation to be truly effective it is therefore necessary to firstly build or reinforce a network of social actors with a shared approach to the reinsertion of radicalised youth.

MATES project will develop a training method that aims at providing probation officers as well as first-line practitioners (FLP) with enough capacity and understanding to recognise early signs of radicalisation, contrast potential re-radicalisation and indirectly prevent risks of recruitment to terrorism.

Collaboration with and among probation officers, local social workers, community leaders, staff of education agencies, youth sporting clubs will then focus on engaging with youth as to change their negative perceptions of state and society, help them to establish new social networks away from extremism, provide vocational training, sports coaching, fitness training, art, etc. as a means of creating a regular interaction and promoting peaceful coexistence.

The project major aim will be to train probation officers for a more efficient reinsertion of the youth convicted for radicalisation to terrorism.

IP: Zyab Ibáñez
Dates: 2016-2018
Funding: EU Commission – DG Home Affairs – Internal Security Fund Police (2014-2020). Call /2015/ISFP/AG/LETX “Law Enforcement Training”
Participating Institutions: IPRS – Psychoanalytic Institute for Social Research, Italy; “La Sapienza” University of Rome, Dept of Criminology, Italy; CJD-Hamburg, Germany; Catholic University of Porto, Portugal; Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain; Tartu University, Estonia; EJJO, European Juvenile Justice Observatory, Bruxelles.


Other projects (chronological and alphabetical)

Projects with the Group's IP AGAPP

  • Evaluation of the impact of Community action in the health of the population. (2015-2017). IP: Raquel Gallego. Web: http://salutcomunitaria.com
  • Emigrant political incorporation (EMINCOR). (2015-2017). IP: Eva Ostergaard-Nielsen
  • History of Nuclear Energy and Society (HoNESt). (2015-2018). IP: Pep L'espluga.
  • PROMISE- The Young as a driver of social change (2016). IP: Margarita León.
  • Policies and practices of immigrant political incorporation. (2015-2016). IP: Eva Ostergaard.
  • Immigrant political incorporation (2015-2016). IP: Eva Ostergaard.
  • The measure of motivation para el servicio público (2015-2016). IP: Xavier Ballart.
  • The role of the social perception in the definición metáfora y temas conducted b conflictivos. Instituciones, Medios de comunicación y ciudadanos (2014-2016). IP: Pep L'espluga.
  • Mobile identities: migration and integration in transnational communities (2014-2016). IP: Margarita León; Web: Mobile Web Identities
  • Innovative Municipal policies in the Context of Crisis and Austerity: experience in the small Municipalities of Catalonia (2015). IP: Quim Brugué.
  • Barcelona network for the employment of people with disabilities: evaluation of process and survey (2015). IP: Nicolas Barbieri.
  • Empower to transform: innovation in the fight against poverty (2014-2015). IP: Quim Brugué.
  • Descentralización y (from) the Estado Autonómico igualdad: language ideology y partidos, public Opinión, territorial policy Mr. memoirs (DESCIDES). (2012-2014). IP: Raquel Gallego
  • Decentralization and political autonomy: the impact of ideology and territorial funding in the history of public policies in Catalonia and Andalusia (2012-2014). IP: Raquel Gallego.
  • Emigración, foreign citizens and political parties in Spain, Italy and Romania (2011-2014). IP: Eva Ostergaard.
  • The social Organization of care: España in comparative perspective CSO2011-28333 (2012-2014). IP: Margarita León.
  • The politics of Consumption in the province of Barcelona: Estratégics Challenges (2014). IP: Quim Brugué.
  • Decentralization and political autonomy: the impact of ideology and territorial funding in the history of public policies in Catalonia and Andalusia. The case of the health (2013). IP: Raquel Gallego.
  • Report on the situation of the integration of immigrants in Catalonia (2013). IP: Quim Brugué.
  • Repensando el concepto de "work". ¿Qué ocupaciones para qué jóvenes? (2011-2013). IP: Joan Subirats and Margarita León; Web: http://jovesinsercio.wordpress.com/
  • Administrative innovation as a response to the uncertainty (2012). IP: Quim Brugué.
  • Policy Addressing Climate Change and Learning about Consumer Behaviour and Everyday Life (2010-2012). IP: Pep L'espluga.
  • The European Observation Network on Territorial Development and Cohesion EPLY-ISTED (2010-2012). IP: Quim Brugué; Web: EPLY Project
  • Study on las percepciones de los actores entorno significativos efectos de la participación ciudadana policy in Aragón (2011). IP: Quim Brugué.
  • Map of la participación ciudadana de Paraguay (2010-2011). IP: Quim Brugué.
  • The Interdepartmental Committees: specialization in the Dialogue on the functioning of the Catalan Administration (2009-2010). IP: Quim Brugué.
  • Banc d’experiències i bones pràctiques (Qualitat de Vida, Igualtat i Esports). IP: Nicolas Barbieri.
  • Democracia Deliberativa y Política de Agua: Experiencias de Participación en el Contexto de la Directiva Marco del Agua (DMA-PART). IP: Quim Brugué.
  • Agriculture: for economic analysis and evaluation of return to society. IP: Pep L'espluga.
  • Process of collective reflection on the Dumps of Vallès Oriental. IP: Pep L'espluga.
  • Process of reflection on the present and the future of prevention services. IP: Pep L'espluga.
  • SGR (consolidated research group): "analysis, Management and evaluation of public policies "(AGAPP). IP: Raquel Gallego; Web: https://www.agapp.cat
  • Transversalitzem the food sovereignty at the UAB, commitment to a fairer world. IP: Pep L'espluga.

Projects with participation of AGAPP members

  • Emerging modes of political protest: paths to political inclusion (2015-2017). IP: Eva Anduiza; Web: Protest and inequality
  • System of indicators of the impact of the integration of people with disabilities (2014). IP: Joan Subirats.
  • Evaluation of the intervention model for addressing the soledad de las personas mayores (2014). IP: Joan Subirats.
  • The reasons and the realities of the choice of the foreign families in the city of Barcelona and its effects on the equality of opportunities (2011-2012). IP: Michelangelo Alegre.
  • Schools and educational schemes equidad. A comparative international apoyada encuestas y estudios de aproximación in caso (2010-2011). IP: Michelangelo Alegre.
  • The return of cultural policies (2009). IP: Joan Subirats.
  • The third sector, culture and proximity (2008-2009). IP: Joan Subirats.
  • Calibrando Estados de Bienestar en el Sur e Europa (CABISE). IP: Anna Marta Guillen.