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Departament de Ciències Polítiques i Socials
Senior Researcher

Núria Franco-Guillén is a postdoctoral research associate at the Aberystwyth University (Wales, UK). She is member of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration (GRITIM-UPF). She is also editor of GRITIM-UPF Policy Series and GRITIM-UPF Working Paper Series. She has been postdoctoral research fellow at Griffith University (Australia, 2017-2018) and pre-doctoral visiting fellow at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK, 2012) and the Université du Quebec à Montreal (Quebec, Canada, 2012). She defended her PhD and Universitat Pompeu Fabra in november 2015 on the analysis of stateless nationalist and regionalist parties' discourses on immigration comparing cases in Catalonia Quebec and Scotland. She obtained a qualification of excellent with a cum laude mention and was awarded with the Extraordinary Prize to the Best Doctoral Thesis by the University. She is also co-coordinator of the young scholars network on Migration and Territory (MiTe) within the Standing Group on Multilevel governance at IMISCOE. Her research is extends on different combinations between immigration, sub-state territorial movements, governance, and deliberative democracy, with a mixed methods approach primarily focused on the use of textual data. She teaches several courses (lectures and seminars) in the Faculties of Political Science and Law at the degree and masters level. She has also collaborated with the Council of Europe (Intercultural Cities), and the Faculty of Law (Quality Report) and worked as a research assistant for the WZB (Berlin, Germany) EUI (Florence, Italy) and Vrije Universiteet (Brussels, Belgium). She had previously worked as a political analyst at the Centre de Documentació Política (2006-2008). She had previously worked as a political analyst at the Centre de Documentació Política (2006-2008).



The interlink of at least two of the following dimensions

Immigration: Economic crisis and social cohesion. Political discourses and stances. Perceptions towards immigration in times of crisis. Perceptions of immigrants.

Stateless Nationalism: Centre-periphery cleavage [identity, power and economy]. Sub-state political movements. Multi-level politics and territorial organisation of power. Intergovernmental relations. Western Europe and Canada.

Political Parties: Stateless nationalist parties and sub-state politics. Political discourses and party positions. 

Deliberative democracy: Deliberative systems. Referendums of constitutional change. Big scale discussions.



(under contract, 2020) (co-authored with J. Parkinson) Sparking a national conversation. Oxford University Press.

Franco-Guillén, N. (2018) Intergovernmental relations on immigrant integration in Spain: the case of Catalonia. Regional & Federal Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13597566.2018.1457026

Gabrielli, L., Franco-Guillén, N. (2018) Transnational Diaspora Entrepreneurship: The case of Moroccans in Catalonia. GRITIM-UPF Policy Brief, 7, 2018.

Franco-Guillén, N. (2017) Independence and immigration: Scotland, Catalonia and Quebec compared. Brussels: Centre Maurits Coppieters

Essomba, M.A., Tarrés, A. and Franco-Guillén, N. (2017) Migrant Education: Monitoring and Assessment. Strasbourg: European Parliament Publications Office.

Franco-Guillén, N. and Esteve i Garcia, S. (2016) ‘Secession and Immigration: An Exploration of Immigrant Views in the Catalan Case.’ In R. Medda-Windischer & P. Poppelier, eds. Pro-independence Movements and Immigration. Leiden: Brill, pp. 163–186.  

Franco-Guillén, N. (2016) Book review: ‘Multiculturalism rethought. Interpretations, Dilemmas and New Directions. By: Modood, T. and Uberoi, V. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press’ Revista Afkar. IEMed.

Franco-Guillén, N. (2016) ‘Selfishness of the affluent? stateless nationalist and regionalist parties and immigration.’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 42(8), pp.1304–1316.

Franco-Guillén, N. (2015) 'Which People? An exploration of the role of immigration in the secessionist process in Catalonia' in KJ. Nagel and S. Rixen (eds.) Catalonia in Spain and Europe - Is there a way to Independence? Baden-Baden: Nomos. 115-128

Garcés Mascareñas, B., Franco-Guillén, N.  and E. Sánchez Montijano (2015) 'Los discursos de la diversidad: programas y debates electorales durante las elecciones municipales de 2011 en Cataluña', in R. Zapata-Barrero Las condiciones de la Interculturalidad: gestión local de la diversidad en España. Valencia: Tirant lo Blanc. 137-157.

Rodon, T., and Franco-Guillén, N. (2014) "Contact with Immigrants in Times of Crisis: An Exploration of the Catalan Case" , Ethnicities 14(5): 650-675

Franco-Guillén, N. and Zapata-Barrero, R. (2014) "Catalunya terra d'acollida: Stateless Nationalist Parties Discourses on Immigration" , in E. Hepburn and R. Zapata-Barrero (eds.) The Politics of Immigration in Multi-level States: Governance and political parties.Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave/MacMillan. 261-284

Franco-Guillén, N. (2013) Book review: Leith, S. and Soule, D. (2012) Political Discourse and National Identity in Scotland.  Ethnopolitics: Formerly Global Review of Ethnopolitics. On-line first.

Rodón, T. and Franco-Guillén, N. (2012) "Reconciling context and contact with immigrants effects: An examination of the Catalan case".GRITIM-UPF Working Paper Series, 15.

Garcés Mascareñas, B., Franco-Guillén, N.  and E. Sánchez Montijano ( (2012) "Entre la exclusión y la inclusión. Los discursos políticos en las elecciones municipales de 2011 en Cataluña" in: La hora de la Integración. Anuario de la Inmigración en España. Barcelona: CIDOB Foundation. 264-285.

Franco-Guillén, N.  (2011) "L'Immigration en Catalogne dans le contexte espagnol: l'évolution démographique et des politiques publiques"Migrations Societés, No. 134-135. 83-94.

Franco-Guillén, N.  (2011) "The Point System of Selection of Immigrants in Quebec"GRITIM-UPF Working Paper Series, 9.

Non-reviewed, public service, and press articles

Franco-Guillén, N. and Hellgren, Z. (2016) ‘Nota d’expertes: les polítiques anti-discriminació a Catalunya’ in: Informe sobre la integració dels Immigrants a Catalunya. Barcelona: Generalitat de Catalunya.

Franco-Guillén, N.  (2015) "Quin poble? Immigració i procés sobiranista a Catalunya" EINES, 22: 81-88

Franco-Guillén, N.  (2013) "Les trois causes de l'indépendentisme catalan", La chemise magazin, 09/02/2013.

Franco-Guillén, N.  (2011) "Catalunya de blau", Línia Badalona, 29/05/2011.