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Seven UPF researchers may boost their talent thanks to the 2023 ICREA Academia grants

These grants, awarded by the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies, provide recipients €40,000 a year for a period of five years. The selected UPF professors hail from four different departments and will have the opportunity to focus predominately on research.


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Seven UPF researchers from four different departments were selected in the 2023 call for ICREA Academia grants, awarded by the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA). They are part of a group of 40 lecturers from the Catalan University System selected in the most recent call, each of whom will receive a €40,000 a year for a period of five years.

The lecturers from the University who have received these grants are Albrecht Glitz, Daniel Navarro-Martínez and Andrea Caggese, from the Department of Economy and Business; Antoni Ivorra and Núria Sebastián Gallés, from the Department of Information and Communications Technologies; Louise McNally, from the Department of Translation and Language Sciences; and Jahel Queralt Lange, from the Department of Law.

For four of them (Andrea Caggese, Albercht Glitz, Daniel Navarro-Martínez and Jahel Queralt Lange), this is the first time they have received this distinction; for Antoni Ivorra, it is second (having been selected in 2018); and for Louise McNally and Núria Sebatián Gallés, this represents the fourth consecutive time they have been selected (previously earning the grant in 2008, 2013 and 2018).

The aim of the ICREA Academia grants, which are exclusively for professors with university teaching positions and who are in a fully active and expanding phase of their research career, is to enhance the impact of research at universities across Catalonia. In the 2023 call, the grant recipients (25 men and 15 women) included individuals associated with: UB (12), UAB (10), UPF (7), UPC (3), UdL (3), URV (2), URL (2) and UOC (1).

Grants for Andrea Caggese, Albrecht Glitz and Daniel Navarro-Martínez, from the Department of Economy and Business

Andrea Caggese is an associate professor in the Department of Economy and Business at UPF, where he coordinates the Research Master’s Degree in Economics, Finance and Management. He is also a researcher in the Research Centre for International Economics (CREI) and an affiliate professor at the Barcelona School of Economics (BSE). Holder of a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE), his main lines of research are centred around macroeconomics, investment theory, firm and worker-level dynamics under real and financial frictions, entrepreneurship and innovation.


Over the course of his academic career, he has been awarded research grants from the European Investment Bank Institute, the BSE-”la Caixa” Foundation on Socioeconomic Wellbeing and Recercaixa. He has been a visiting researcher at Boston University and has published articles in numerous scientific journals, including The Economic Journal, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, AEJ: Macroeconomics and Journal of Monetary Economics.

Albrecht Glitz is an associate professor in the Department of Economy and Business at UPF, as well as an affiliate professor at the Barcelona School of Economics (BSE) and researcher in the Institute of Political Economy and Governance (IPEG).


Holder of a PhD from University College London and research fellow at the CEPR, the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn and the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) in London, his research interests lie in labour economics, economics of immigration, applied economics and economics of espionage.


Some of the scientific projects in which he is currently involved address issues such as the geography of refugee shocks, espionage-based knowledge flows and labour-market competition and the assimilation of immigrants. He has published articles in journals such as the Review of Economic Studies, American Economic Review and Journal of Labor Economics, among others publications.

Daniel Navarro-Martínez is an associate professor in the Department of Economy and Business at UPF and an affiliate professor at the Barcelona School of Economics (BSE) and Barcelona School of Management (BSM). His main lines of research are framed within behavioural economics and the study of decision making, in which he has explored issues such as decision making in situations of risk and uncertainty, social preferences, decision architecture and the external validity of behavioural experiments.


Prior to joining UPF, he earned a PhD from Universitat Jaume I in Castellón and worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at both the London School of Economics and the University of Warwick. His research has appeared in numerous international journals, including Management Science, Journal of Marketing Research, Social Science & Medicine, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Journal of Service Research, Judgment and Decision Making and Journal of Economic Psychology.

Antoni Ivorra and Núria Sebastián Gallés, grant recipients from the DTIC

Antoni Ivorra is a Full Professor at UPF, where he leads the Biomedical Electronics Research Group (BERG). His research is focused on bioelectrical phenomena use for implementing new methods and devices for biomedical applications. Specifically, his main research topics are electroporation, particularly for tissue ablation for cancer treatments and the management of cardiac arrythmias, electrical bioimpedance for diagnostic purposes, and injectable electronics for neuroprosthetics.

In addition to numerous scientific articles, he has been inventor or co-inventor of 12 families of patent applications. Prior to joining the UPF in 2010, he had done research stays from 2005 to 2009 at the University of California at Berkley and CNRS-Institut Gustave Roussy (Villejuif, France) and worked at Microelectronics National Centre in Bellaterra (1998-2005). In 2005, he received a PhD in Electronics Engineering (UPC).


Núria Sebastián Gallés heads the SAP (Speech Acquisition and Processing) Research Group in the Centre for Brain and Cognition at DTIC-UPF. Her primary research concern revolves around language learning in bilingual contexts, on which she has penned over 150 scientific articles. Through an interdisciplinary approach, she endeavours to understand the mechanisms through which both babies and adult brains learn languages. She also served as vice-president of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC) from 2014-2016, when she was elected Corresponding Fellow by the British Academy.

Prior to joining UPF in 2009, she worked as a lecturer in Psychology at UB, where she earned a PhD in Experimental Psychology in 1986. She has also taken part in research stays at prestigious institutions around the world.

Louise McNally, a grant recipient from the Department of Translation and Language Sciences

Louise McNally is a full professor of Linguistics in the Department of Translation and Language Sciences and a member of the Formal Linguistics Group (GLiF) at UPF. Her research focuses on the development and empirical assessment of theories on how the specific structural characteristics of natural language enable humans to transmit an endless number of complex and new meanings.


McNally received the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in 2017 and is a member of Academia Europaea. She has served as president of one of the Spanish State Research Agency’s Thematic Areas and has taken part in several European Research Council (ERC) panels. She is a member of the German Council of Science and Humanities Excellence Strategy's Committee of Experts, as well as co-editor-in-chief of the Diamond Open Access journal Semantics and Pragmatics and a member of the Editorial Committee for the Annual Review of Linguistics.

Jahel Queralt, grant-winning researcher from the Department of Law

Jahel Queralt Lange is an associate professor and member of the Law and Philosophy Research Group in the Department of Law. Holder of a PhD in Philosophy from UPF, she has been a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and Goethe University (Germany). Her main lines of research focus on distributive justice, liberal egalitarianism, human rights and development ethics.


She has taken part in research projects related to justice at work, more specifically in the normative analysis of non-standard forms of work; liberal egalitarianism; and the way individual responsibility can be integrated into a conception of distributive equality. She has also explored human rights theory, particularly as regards the status of economic liberties as human rights and their potential to alleviate poverty.



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