Senior Researcher
Departament de Ciències Polítiques i Socials

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Researcher in the Department of Political and Social Sciences and member of GRITIM-UPF, he was granted the Catalonian FI scholarship for New Researchers. He has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in International Affairs from the Florida State University. In 2007 he was awarded the Erasmus Mundus scholarship from the European Commission to pursue the Masters Program Mundus Mapp in Public Policy focused on development studies and international relations at the International Institute of Social Studies (The Hague) and the Barcelona Institute for International Relations (Barcelona).  With academic and professional experience in Panama, Venezuela, Sweden, The Netherlands and Spain, in the last years Juan Carlos has been collaborating as research assistant in different projects for CIDOB, Barcelona and GRITIM-UPF.



Political participation of immigrants at the local level

Policies of accomodation for immigrants

Local governance

South-South migration


Thesis Title: Political parties and immigrant associations: Political opportunities in the policy-making of local conflict zones. A comparative perspective.


Most studies on immigrant participation at the local level have mainly focused on how public institutions have shaped the channels for the participation of immigrant associations into the policy-making, or how they have organized themselves as collective actors. However, these studies have not centered on the interaction between specific actors (i.e. NGOs and political parties or pressure groups and the media) who can be determinant in the dynamics of participation.

Focused on the political parties, immigrant associations and the policy-making of local conflicts related to immigrant diversity, the present research proposal aims to explore the influence of representative political parties in the opening of political opportunities for immigrant associations in the policy-making to resolve local conflict zones. The theoretical framework within which this research will be done is the political opportunity structure for immigrants at the local level.

Departing from the premise that political parties, in theory, respond to an ideology (left/right); the study on representative political parties can shed light on local dynamics surrounding the opening of political opportunities for immigrant associations to resolve local conflict zones. Taking a comparative perspective, three case-studies will be analyzed: Badalona, Lleida and Vic, mirroring three basic topics in Catalonia: the cultural, religious and legal accommodation of immigrant diversity. The main methodology will be qualitative and conflict-driven.

At the end of the research, a theoretical proposal is envisaged related to the importance of the political parties/immigrant association's relationship within the debate on structures of opportunity for the participation of immigrant associations.  This research pretends to make an academic and policy-oriented contribution. The academic one, related to the POS theoretical framework, wants to show how the representative political parties affect the structure of political opportunities for immigrant associations in the resolution of local conflict zones. The policy-oriented one is related to the study of policy practices in the management of local conflict zones.