Alphabetical order (project selection)

Major projects


Inversión en la temprana infancia: política, políticas y resultados (ECECWEL)

El proyecto de investigaciónInversión en la temprana infancia: política, políticas y resultados (ECECWEL)fue seleccionado en la Convocatoria 2017 del Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad,del Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad.

El proyecto busca estudiar cómo interactúan igualdad y calidad en la expansión de políticas de la temprana infancia a través del análisis de a tres ejes principales: (1) Política (politics) (2) Políticas (policies) y (3) Resultados (outcomes). Se abordarán las condiciones políticas bajo las cuales se desarrolla el paradigma de la inversión social en la temprana infancia, las tensiones y contradicciones entre distintos actores, los diseños de políticas públicas y mecanismos de implementación a escala multinivel y los resultados de estas políticas poniendo énfasis en las condiciones de acceso de grupos de distinto perfil socio- económico.

Investigadora responsable: Margarita León
Ejecución: 2018-2021
Investigadores: Ricard Gomà (IERMB), Sebastián Sarasa (UPF); Olga Salido (UCM); Zyab Ibáñéz (IGOP/UAB); 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).

Evaluation of the impact of Community action in the health of the population

The main objective of this project is to describe the Community action and to evaluate their impact on the health of the population in areas of low socio-economic level of the city of Barcelona. The Community action deals with the factors that affect the health of communities and relational people (life styles, social and community network, living and working conditions and socio-economic conditions, policies, environmental and cultural), and is based on the performance of different agents and on the participation of the community itself. The evaluation will be based on a quasi-experimental method, Comparing the evolution of health in those neighborhoods where Community action ’ has been developed continuously with those where it has not existed. To interpret the result, you will examine the process of the implementation of the community health programs in different districts, in order to identify the critical points and the keys to success in each of them. In a context of budgetary limitations and general change of the role of institutions, evaluation is essential to identify the elements of innovation at the community level, improve the strategies of intervention and the effectiveness of policies.

Responsible researcher: Raquel Gallego
Execution: 2015-2017 – RecerCaixa: 2014ACUP00198
Participating entities: UAB-IGOP, Public Health Agency of Barcelona, Catalan Institute of health, Community plan of Roquetes.

Descentralización y (from) the Estado Autonómico igualdad: language ideology y partidos, public Opinión, territorial policy Mr. memoirs (DESCIDES)

This project has the aim to relate the decentralisation and the (DIS) inter-territorial equality in Spain. Integrates the analysis of public policies and the analysis of the Exchequer to address the following questions:

1/ Why do the CC. AA. have taken different public policy options? What factors influence the regional Governments to take decisions different? How the influence?

To answer these questions are explored: (1) economic aspects: the regional funding model and the characteristics of selected public policy sectors (nature of service providers, weight of the public and private sectors, governance structure from the public sector, economic-budgetary situation of the sector, etc.); and (2) political Aspects: public opinion about the services in the AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITIES., characteristics of the regional governments – ideology, type of most ...-, governance models with external actors, dynamics of multi-level Government, temporal context/situational....

2/ What is the impact of these differences in terms of the Inter-territorial inequality? Compare the impact of the old and the new model of regional funding in the availability of resources from the Governments of the CC. AA., using quantitative indices of measurement of inequality the Inter-territorial.

For the first question will make in-depth case studies 5 CAAC i 3 policy sectors. For the second question, quantitative techniques of analysis are used to meet the 17 CAAC. The period of analysis is 2001 in 2011.

Responsible researcher: Raquel Gallego
Execution: 2012-2014. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación: CSO2011-27547
Participating entities: Autonomous University of Barcelona, University of Barcelona, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

Policies and practices of immigrant political incorporation

This project will browse the increase in police officers of enfranchisement of emigrants and their influence on processes of political incorporation of migrants. First, it investigates the policies of emigrant participation by questioning why states grant emigrants external voting rights. This will be done through a mixed methods approach including a) a large N study where the main predictors include both transnational and domestic political variables; and b) a focused comparison of three cases (Spain, Italy, France) which compare the role key of stakeholders (including political parties and emigrants) in both the initial process of emigrant enfranchisement and subsequent restrictions or extensions to these rights. Finally the project examines the processes of nomination and selection of emigrant representatives in France and Italy.

Responsible researcher: Eva Ostergaard
Execution: 2015-2016

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.

Responsible researcher: Xavier Ballart
Investigadors: Xavier Ballart, Guillem Rico, Guillem Ripoll i Fidel González

Transnational Political Incorporation (2015-2018)

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.

Responsible researcher: Eva Ostergaard
Execution: 2014-2016

Promise (2016-2018)

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 monts
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).

Multi Agency Training Exit Strategies for radicalised youth: MATES (2016-2018)

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: December 2016-December 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.

Emincor (2015-2017)

2015-2017, Emigrant political incorporation (EMINCOR), H2020 Marie Sklowdowska Curie (GF), 660571-EMINCOR-H2020-MSCA-IF-2014

IP: Eva Ostergaard-Nielsen
Dates: 2015-2017

Other projects (chronological and alphabetical)

Projects with the Group's IP AGAPP

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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.