In recent years, we have performed an important number of studies aimed at analysing the consequences that the appearance of the new service economy and the restructuring of the labour markets are having on occupation. We concentrated on examining how changes to the role of women stimulate the growth of social and personal services, and, at the same time, obstacles and tension arise with the growth of female labour supply. Another area of research is related to the constraints suffered by women in work opportunities and social mobility. We are especially interested in analysing the decisions to have children and work according to two sets of factors: the social policies that help to reconciling work and the family and the occupational structure.
Finally, our research is also concerned with the analysis of social mobility. We know that long-term trends in the labour market may lead to polarisation between occupations that require a high level of training on the one hand, and occupations requiring very few qualifications on the other; especially in the social and personal services sector. The new knowledge-based society increases and changes the demands for human capital but opens the door for part of the labour force to remain trapped in inferior occupations with potential long-term consequences on people's careers and lives. We are also interested, in this line of research, in assessing the extent to which early attendance at pre-school helps to equal up people's opportunities in life.
The Research Group on Political Theory (GRTP) brings together lecturers, assistants, scholarship holders and doctoral students of the department of Political and Social Sciences who are interested in research subjects in the field of political theory. This is currently co-ordinated by Klaus-Jürgen Nagel. The GRTP was constituted on 18 June 1998. Since then it has met regularly to discuss papers, articles, books, etc. in accordance with a programme which is drawn up every term.
The Research Group on Political Behaviour already has much experience in working an publishing on the way citizens see politics, perceive it and act. To this end, the Group performs research in several directions concerning aspects related with Political Culture and Public Opinion, Political participation, and all that refers to the field of electoral studies (campaigns, electoral systems, electoral behaviour).
The scope of the Group's research covers Catalonia and Spain and comparative research on an international level. It possesses a large database on public opinion and election results, it has several active research projects and its members collaborate with a widespread network of international peer specialists.
It's a multi-departmental group at Universitat Pompeu Fabra made up of researchers from different disciplines who are interested in aspects of innovation in research and management of change processes arising from human mobility and immigration. The group's main objectives are to promote theoretical and applied research related to political and social agendas.
Human mobility is a key factor in the globalization process. The arrival and stay of immigrants in European societies is a dynamic reality that raises issues related to governance processes of social and political change, and management of diversity and social cohesion. The group aims to explore the different dynamics of this historic and global process, which must be approached from interdisciplinarity, with adequate conceptual, political, legal, social and economic tools. One of its main objectives is to contribute to the definition of a European approach in the study and management of immigration.