Departament de Ciències Polítiques i Socials

Jaume I

Personal website

Blanca Garcés-Mascareñas is visiting professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. She graduated with degrees in History and Anthropology in the University of Barcelona and holds a master cum laude and a PhD cum laude in Social Sciences (2010) from the University of Amsterdam. Her PhD thesis, which has been awarded the Dutch Sociological Association (NSV) biennial prize for the best sociological dissertation defended in the Netherlands, analysed immigration policies in Malaysia and Spain. Blanca has also worked on immigration and integration policies in the Netherlands, local integration policies and political discourses on immigration in Spain and, together with Sébastien Chauvin (UvA), on a theoretical conceptualisation of the irregular immigrant from a comparative perspective. In the present she is working on an edited book on the concept of integration, together with Rinus Penninx (UvA), and on local integration policies in different EU cities.

See the complete CV.



Immigration policies

Policy discourses on immigration

Irregular migration from a comparative perspective

Local integration policies



See the complete list of publications.

Selected list of publications: 

(2014) (with S. Chauvin) "Becoming less illegal. Deservingness Frames and Undocumented Migrant Incorporation"Sociology Compass, 8 (4): 422-32.

(2013) (with A.van Heelsum) Research and Migration. Filling Penninx' heuristic model. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

(2013) (with S. Chauvin & A. Kraler) ' Employment and Migrant Deservingness' (introduction to a special issue),International Migration.

(2013) (with S. Chauvin & A. Kraler) ' Working for Legality. Employment and Migrant Regularisation in Europe', International Migration.

(2012) (with S. Chauvin) ' Beyond Informal Citizenship. The Moral Economy of Migrant Illegality', International Political Sociology,  6 (3).

(2012) Garcés-Mascareñas, B. Labour Migration in Malaysia and Spain. Markets, Citizenship and Rights. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

The review of the book by Marshall Clark appeared in International Review of Social History, 57 (3), 2012, 490-492.

(2011) (with R. Zapata-Barrero) Immigració a Catalunya: una perspectiva municipal. Barcelona: ACM.

(2011) ' Trouble in Paradise: Reflexiones sobre los discursos y políticas en torno al asesinato de Theo van Gogh', en L. Cachón (ed.) Aprender para una mejor convivencia: las experiencias europeas de conflictos ligados a la inmigración vistas desde la realidad española. Barcelona: Ed. Hacer.

(2011) 'Labour migration regulation in Malaysia. A policy of high numbers and low rights', in E. Guild & S. Mantu (eds.)Constructing and Imagining Labour Migration: Perspectives of Control from Five Continents. London: Ashgate, p. 65-87.

(2011) (with M. Bruquetas, Rinus Penninx and Peter Scholten) Policymaking related to immigration and integration. The Dutch Case' , in G. Zinconne, R. Penninx, M. Borkert (eds.), Migratory Policymaking in Europe, Amsterdam: IMISCOE Research Series.

(2010) 'Legal production of illegality from a comparative perspective. The cases of Malaysia and Spain', Asia Europe Journal 8 (1), 77-89.

(2010) 'Fronteras y confines de un estado postcolonial. El caso de Malasia' in M.E. Anguiano & A. López Sala (eds.)Migraciones y fronteras: Estudios de caso y aproximaciones metodológicas,  Barcelona: Icaria/CIDOB.

(2009) ' Nombrando y definiendo a los "otros": minorías étnicas y allochtonen en los Países Bajos', Intervención Psicosocial,18 (1): 31-37.

(2008) 'Continuities and Discontinuities of Labour Migration Regulations in Malaysia: from colonial times to the present', in Marlou Schrover et al. Gender and illegal migration in a global and historical perspective , Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

(2007) (with J. Doomernik) Research on Trafficking and Forced Labour among West African Migrants in the Netherlands, ILO Working Paper.

(2006) 'Produciendo ilegales. Las politicas de inmigración en Malasia', Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas, 116.