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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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Fernando Guirao

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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Visnja Vukov

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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Francesco Camonita

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.

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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.


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



Marie-Thérèse Wilhelm

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).


Miquel Fontirroig Mas (Research Intern 2020-2021). He is currently working at BACES as an intern. He is studying a BA in Political and Administration Sciences at UPF. Interested in European politics, he is willing to produce a first research (in terms of BA final dissertation) on the policy-making dynamics in the "throughput" phase of decision-making and their features related to legitimacy and participation of European citizenship 
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. 

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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.