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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, 2018-2021 and 2018-2024)

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

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Elena Prats (PhD Researcher). She is a qualified lawyer and a PhD 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, Elena 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

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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Erick S. Padilla Galviz (Research Assistant). Erick is Research Assistant at BACES. He holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Valencia and a Master of Research in Political Science from Pompeu Fabra University. During his academic pursuits, he was awarded two introductions to research grants, including one at the University of Valencia and a collaboration to universities department scholarship from the Spanish Government at Pompeu Fabra University. Before joining BACES, Erick was a research assistant on two research projects at the University of Barcelona. He first worked in the Institutions and Political Economy Research Group (IPERG) and then worked in the Economic Department.


Daniel Navarro (Research Assistant). In 2023, Daniel joined BACES as a research assistant. He holds an MA in European Integration Studies from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and a degree in Law from the University of Girona. His MA final thesis focused on citizenship by investment schemes in the European Union. Between 2021 and 2022, Daniel did an internship at the European Documentation Center and joined the Jean Monnet Chair of European Policies of the UAB as a chair assistant.


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. 





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, factor 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 he is currently a 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 (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).


Augustin Huteau (PhD Researcher). Augustin has joined UPF as a PhD student in Economic History in 2022. He holds a BSc in Economics and Political Science from the University of Montreal (Canada, 2019). He obtained a Master’s degree in International Economics from the University of Barcelona in 2020, and a Master of Research in Economic History from the University of Paris I : Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2021. 

He has studied in France, Canada, Argentina, Italy and Spain. His research interests include Economic History, Political Economy, Industrial Economics, and European Integration, with a special focus on industrial policies. He has worked for the Prime Minister of Canada during his studies at the University of Montreal.


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), a 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). 

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. 

Former Members 

David Puig (Research Assistant)


Javier Baraibar (Research Assistant)


Dr. Francesco Camonita (Postdoc. Researcher)


Luca Augello Ruiz (Research Intern 2020-2021)


Pablo Mérida Coloma (Research Intern 2020-2021)


Adrià Tubert i Bahí (Research Intern 2019-2020)


Toni Gómez Suau (Research Intern 2019-2020)