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Prof. Dr. Javier Arregui (BACES Director). He is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science (“Profesor Titular”) at Pompeu Fabra University. As a Professor, he has broad experience in teaching and researching on European Union politics, comparative politics and public policy. He has been awarded a double Jean Monnet Chair in EU Governance (2016-2018 and 2018-2021)

He received his PhD in Political Sciences from the Interuniversity Center for Social Science, Theory and Mehtodology (ICS) at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). Among other appointments, he has been a Research Fellow at ICS (1999-2004) and researcher at Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (CIS) - Madrid (1998-1999).

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Prof. Dr. Fernando Guirao (BACES Deputy Director). Jean Monnet professor of History at the Department of Economics and Business, Pompeu Fabra University. Guirao was awarded a first Jean Monnet Chair in History in 1995, which became permanent in 2002 and ad personam since 2013. He has broad experience in teaching European economic and integration history 

He holds a B.A. degree in Modern and Contemporary History from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (1986) and a PhD in History and Civilization at the European University Institute (1993). Since 1996 he is a member of the European Union Liaison Committe of Historians, a groups of professors established in 1982 to disseminate the research on the history of postwar Europe. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of European Integration History, the only international scientific journal in the field of the history of European Integration. 

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Prof. Dr. Julia López López (Full Professor UPF). She is a Professor of Labor Law and Social Security Law at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain since 1996 and researcher in the research group for labor and social security law (GREDTISS). She has also been a visiting scholar at the Nanovic Institute of the University of Notre Dame on an annual basis since 2003. She has been affiliated with the University of Rome, the University of Paris-Nanterre II, the Institute of European Studies of the Free University of Brussels and the University of Naples. She is also member of the steering committee of the Labour Law Research Network and was part of the organizing committee of the Inaugural Conference held in June 13-15, 2013 in Barcelona.

Currently, she is an expert evaluator of the ERC Starting Grant Call 2015 (European Research Council, 2015) and the Call "Grants and Fellowships 2016" (Fund for Scientific Research - FRNS, Belgium, 2016)

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Dr. Visnja Vukov (Assistant Professor UPF). She is an assistant professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. She holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute in Florence and a Master of Science in Sociology of the University of Oxford.

Her research deals with the political economy of European integration; globalization and state transformations, and the political economy of development. Her most recent projects explore the different modes of governing economic integration in the European Union and their effects on state capacities and developmental pathways of peripheral countries in the EU.

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Conxi Muñoz (European Documentation Center, Autonomous University of Barcelona). She has been an academic librarian since 1998, and since 2002 she has  been the responsible information expert of the UAB European Documentation Center. She is highly specialized in individual consulting, the design of online informaive and interactive content as well as dissemination activities relative to the European Union and its policies. At the same time, she gives conferences and participates in publications relative to European documentation. She has worked as ad-hoc consultant inside the AL-INVEST EU programme and is also academic coordinator of the MOOC Online Course "European Union: History, Institutions and Policies" (in Spanish). 

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Elena Prats (Ph.D. Researcher). She is a qualified lawyer and a Ph.D. candidate in Legal Philosophy at Uppsala University in cotutelle with the Law Faculty of Pompeu Fabra University. She is currently developing a theory to assess the legitimacy of citizenship-by-investment programs in the EU. A former visiting scholar at Max Planck Institute and the Tarello Institute for Legal Philosophy, Prats is the author of a few publications and the co-editor of two special issues at high-ranked journals.

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Research Staff Research Staff

Alessandra Zanetti (PhD Researcher and Research Assistant). Alessandra was selected for a Pre-PhD scholarship with BACES in June 2020. She now holds a position as research assistant in the field of History of European Integration. Furthermore, she has been enrolled in the UPF Phd programme in History since 2019. Previously, she also acquired a BA in Modern Literature and an MA in History and Oriental Studies at the University of Bologna. She also performed a research visit at the King's College in London (2018) while performing academic research for her MA Dissertation. 

Her main line of research develops around a historical perspective over Eurosceptical feelings in the United Kingdom, their development in the late 1980s and the consequences that these had in Brexit. Her studies also focus on an alternative interpetation of the role of Margaret Thatcher in European Integration.

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Joel Cantó (Research Assistant). Joel is a Research Assistant at BACES. He holds a Master of Research in Political Science from Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and two undergraduate degrees in International Business and Political Science from the University of Barcelona (UB). Before joining BACES, he has been working in consultancy in the private sector in the fields of data analysis, social media analysis, as well as in public institutions carrying out market research (Trade delegation of Valencia and Castilla-La Mancha in New York City, USA).

Albert Medina Català (Research Assistant). Economics graduate of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), Spain. Having completed a full-time master’s Degree in European Economic and Political Governance at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) as one of the top students, he has been working as an economist at a consulting firm specialised in public policies and economic research. He specializes in the fields of statistics, economics, and public policy. 

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Zeth Isaksson (Research Assistant). He is recently graduated with top grades in two MAs (Pompeu Fabra University and Ludwig-Maximilian Universität München - Munich) . He has broad experience from larger international research projects, as well as writing literature reviews and working in international research environments. His research interests include Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Nationalism, and Quantitative Methods, with a special focus on causal inference. More recently, he has been working at the European Union Agency for the Fundamental Rights (Wien, Austria) where he analyzed the intersection between democracy, migration, and polarization.

 

 

Xavier Fernández-i-Marín (Methodological Expert). Prof.Xavier Fernández-i-Marín is Ramón-y-Cajal fellow at Universitat de Barcelona. He has previousoly been lecturer at the LMU Munich, senior researcher at ESADE, assistant professor at the University of Konstanz, research fellow at ESADEgeo (Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics) working on the determinants of the cooperation amongst countries and Global Governance, and ”Juan de la Cierva” post-doc research fellow at IBEI (Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals) from 2009 until 2011.

He has been trained in methodology at the University of Essex, obtaining a postgraduate degree, and teaching in the summer school for several years. He has ample experience with hierarchical/multilevel models and bayesian inference, and also in cluster analysis, principal component analysis, fac- tor analysis, survival (event history) analysis, spatial models and quantitative methods in general. This has brought collaborations with several disciplines, bringing scientific, methodological and systematic value to different teams.

 

 

 

Clement Perarnaud (PhD Researcher). Clement is a PhD candidate in political science at University Pompeu Fabra (UPF). His thesis focuses on the power of member states in the context of negotiations in the Council of the European Union. He holds a Master's Degree in European Affairs from the Lille Institute of Political Studies (France) and is currently research fellow at the Center for Internet and Human Rights (CIHR, Berlin). Before joining the UPF PhD programme, he worked for the Center for International Studies and Research (CERI - Sciences Po, Paris), the Research Institute on Contemporary Maghreb (IRMC, Tunis) and for several internatonal NGOs

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Marie-Thérèse Wilhelm (PhD Researcher). She has joined UPF as a PhD student in the Political and Social Sciences Department. She holds two BAs in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy and French language, with minor studies in Philosophy from James Madison College at Michigan State University (2018). She obtained her Master’s degree in European and International Relations from the European Institute-Institut Européen: Centre International de Formation Européen in 2019. She has studied in the United States, France, England and Germany. Her research focuses on climate policies in the European Union. 

She has worked with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in the Policies and Standards Branch as an Individual Consultant in the New York office. Marie-Thérèse also holds the degree qualification of Policy Officer in European and International Organizations recognized by the French state (level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework EQF).

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Pol Bartolomé Areny (PhD Researcher). He is a PhD candidate in political science at University Pompeu Fabra. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Barcelona (UB), s Master’s Degree in Political Analysis from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and a Master’s Degree in European Political and Governance Studies from the College of Europe (CoE). On top of that, he worked as a trainee at the Catalan College of Political and Social Sciences (COLPIS). His research focuses on decision-making process of the European Union and, specifically, on the adoption of budget policies. In addition, his academic interests encompass the Europeanisation of national politics and voter turnout in the European Parliament.
 

 

 

Xavier Lamarca Ferrés (Research Intern 2021-2022)He is currently working at BACES as an intern. He studies the Joint BA in Law & Political Science at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). 
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Jordi Bescós i Cubells (Research Intern 2021-2022). He is currently working at BACES as an intern. Meanwhile, he is simultaneously studying two BAs in Political and Administration Sciences + Law, both at UPF. His main research interests are gender inequalities & local governments. 

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David Puig (Research Assistant). He is currently working at the Department of Economics and Business of Pompeu Fabra University. His research fields cover Microeconomics, Behavioral and Experimental Economics. Business Economics and Industrial Organization. 

Javier Baraibar (Research Assistant)Javier is a Research Assistant at BACES. He holds a Master Degree in Development Economics from the Barcelona School of Economics (BSE), and a Undergraduate Degree in Economics from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB). Before joining BACES, he worked for the World Bank in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice for the Kenya Office, the European Commission at the Joint Research Centre in Italy, and for the IESE Business School.

 

Dr. Francesco Camonita (Postdoc. Researcher). Of Sicilian origins, Francesco holds a PhD in the field of Geography and European Studies (UAB, 2019). Previously, he obtained an MA in European Integration Studies at UAB (2014) and a Degree in International Relations with Spanish at Swansea University, Wales, UK (2012). At academic level, Francesco has worked for several years as executive research assistant for the EUGOV and RECOT research groups at UAB. Furthermore, he was also JMC Chair Assistant for the EUPOL project at the same university (2018-2019).

Francesco has already authored a number of publications based on the topic of European Territorial Cooperation, the INTERREG programs and the governance and activities of Euroregions. Other research interests include decision-making processes of the EU and advancements in the European Integration debate and its democratisation, particularly through European Elections. He is also an official collaborator of the European Documentation Centre of UAB, where he often participates in multiple activities both as speaker and moderator.

 

Luca Augello Ruiz (Research Intern 2020-2021). He is currently working at BACES as an intern. Meanwhile, he's also studying a BA in Political and Administration Sciences. 

 

Pablo Mérida Coloma (Research Intern 2020-2021). He is currently working at BACES as an intern. He is simultaneosly studying two BAs in Political and Administration Sciences and law, both at UPF. Interested in European politics, his very first piece of research (framed as his BA degree's final dissertation) could be focused on the imoact that informal institutions may play upon the European Rule of Law and to what extens it is effective in the integration process 

 

Adrià Tubert

Adrià Tubert i Bahí (Research Intern 2019-2020). He is currently working at BACES as an intern. He is simultaneously studying two Bachelor’s degrees in Political and Administration Sciences and in Law, both at UPF. His first research, framed in his BA degree’s final dissertation, focuses on the secessionist discourse and its evolutions in the Catalan nationalist movement. 

 

Toni Gómez

Toni Gómez Suau (Research Intern 2019-2020). He is currently an intern working at BACES. Meanwhile, he is also studying a double degree on Political and Administration Sciences and Law at UPF. He is focusing his first BA dissertation research over the programmatic discourse-changes in immigration policies that have taken place in some European center-left parties ever since the last refugees crisis.