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The members of BACES proceed from established Research Groups with a multidisciplinary background based on the main topics of our JMCE Centre. You can find a short summary of the groups and a link to their website below.



Institutions and Political Actors Research Group

Affiliated Members: Javier Arregui, Visnja Vukov, Francesco Camonita


The research group on Institutions and Political Actors (IPA) brings together scholars that share an interest in examining the effect of institutions on political outcomes as well as the drivers of elites’, social groups’ and citizens’ strategies and choices. The main goal is to advance the study of state and non-state organizations and other political actors through a wide variety of epistemological and methodological approaches.

Labour and Social Security Law research group - GREDTiSS

Affiliated Members: Julia López López 


The Labour and Social Security Law research group - GREDTiSS is a research group, at Pompeu Fabra University and is formed by Pompeu Fabra University academics Julia López, Consuelo Chacartegui, Josep Fargas, Eusebi Colas, Alexandre de le Court and Sergio Canalda. The group has developed various research projects since 2000, analysing political changes and labour reforms, the judicialization of labour models, the impact of new technologies on the models of labour relationships, social protection policies in the economic crisis, the identification of the employer, the de-commodification of social rights and the boundaries between formal and informal work.

‘Decision-Making in the European Union’ (DEU) transnational network 

Affiliated Members: Javier Arregui

The DEU network became his work as a consolidated group recognised by the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) in 1999 and counting on 15 member researchers. DEU was actively involved in the development of European projects, of the DEU dataset constituting one of the most advanced databases on the EU Council’s decision-making processes and in the recurring publication of results in journals and prestigious volumes (i.e. Stokman and Thomson, 2004; Thomson et al., 2006; Thomson et al., 2012). A smaller number of researchers (including Prof. Arregui) is nowadays proceeding towards the DEU-III phase of the dataset, including a new set of updated results and incoming publications.


The European Union Liaison Committee of Historians

Affiliated Members: Fernando Guirao


The European Union Liaison Committee of Historians came into being in 1982 as a result of an important international symposium that the Commission had organized in Luxembourg to launch historical research on European integration. The committee is composed of historians of the European Union member countries who work on contemporary history. However, the Liaison Committee works completely independently and according to historians’ critical method. The group has also been the original promoter of The Journal of European Integration History, the first history journal to deal exclusively with the history of European integration.   

Applied Economics and Economic History Research Group 

Affiliated Members: Fernando Guirao


The AEEH Research Group (2017-SGR-1512) is a long-standing consolidated research group funded by the AGAUR agency (Generalitat de Catalunya, last funding period 2017-2020). It combines the effort of researchers coming from the applied economics and economic history fields. Fernando Guirao is currently the coordinator of a research line dedicated to the Europeanization of the Spanish economy during the second half of the 20th century.