The Doctoral Academic Committee may propose to the Doctoral School's Management Committee a Special Award for a Doctoral Thesis.

A call for applications to be considered for this award may be made for every ten doctoral theses defended. To be eligible for the award, a student must have received the grade of excellent cum laude. The call for applications will be made 18 months after the defence, and approval of the last of a set of 10 theses. This allows sufficient time to monitor the impact each thesis has in its field of study, and the academic and scientific publications to which it gives rise in the 18-month period subsequent to its defence or registration in the doctoral programme.

The Doctoral Academic Committee will establish a deadline for applications to be considered for an award, and the Department of Political and Social Sciences' secretariat will inform candidates thereof.

Regulations: Special Award for Doctoral Studies.

 

 

Prizes Awarded

 

 

 

 

2017

 

Lydia Repke for her thesis entitled Multiple Cultural Identifications, Personality, and Social Networks“,  supervised by Verònica Benet-Martínez from the Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology explores the acculturating processes of individuals socialized in more than one culture, and how these individuals’ personality traits and cultural identifications relate to the content and structure of their habitual personal social networks. A major contribution of the thesis is that it creatively combines cultural and social-personality psychology with social network approaches, effectively blending micro- and meso-level research traditions and thereby opening up new lines of research in the fields of acculturation and migration studies. One of the main findings is that being well-adjusted to the host society and having well-integrated networks does not mean to have many host contacts but rather to have individuals from the host society and individuals of the same ethnocultural background in ones’ network who also know each other. This thesis, thus, does not only contribute to acculturation research but has the potential to impact public policies relating to immigration and diversity management.

Selected publications from the thesis: 

Repke, L., & Benet-Martínez, V. (in press). The interplay between the one and the others: Multiple cultural identifications and social networks. Journal of Social Issues.

Repke, L., & Benet-Martínez, V. (2018). The (diverse) company you keep: Content and structure of immigrants’ social networks as a window into intercultural relations in Catalonia. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 49 (6): 924-944. 

Repke, L. & Benet-Martínez, V. (2017). Conceptualizing the dynamics between bicultural identification and personal social networks. Frontiers in Psychology, 8 (469), 1–19. 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

 

Léa Pessin for her thesis entitled Changing Gendered Expectations and Diverging Divorce Trends - Three Papers on Gender  Norms and Partnership Dynamics supervised by Gösta Esping Anderesen, examined how gender norms and work-family arrangements affect partnership formation and instability over the past five decades in the United States. Using a combination of longitudinal data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and attitudinal data from the General Social Surveys, I focused on the tension between women’s empowerment in the labor market and persistent traditional gender norms at home to explain long-run trends in marital instability. I derived two main conclusions that motivate my current and future research. First, work-family conflict and changing demographic trends are intimately intertwined. Low fertility and marital instability are concentrated in contexts where women’s roles as workers and mothers remain highly incompatible. Conversely, family instability and fertility decline have stalled in the most gender egalitarian contexts. Second, my dissertation shows that the outcomes of the gender revolution in the U.S. have been particularly uneven across social classes. I argue that in a context of rising income inequality and limited institutional support for families, the positive outcomes of the gender revolution, such as egalitarian gender responsibilities and stable partnerships, are unlikely to be accessible to less advantaged Americans.

Selected publications from the thesis: 

Pessin, L. (2018) “Changing Gender Norms and Marriage Dynamics in the United States.” Journal of Marriage and Family 80(1):25-41. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12444 [Article]

Pessin, L. and B. Arpino. (2018) “Navigating between Two Cultures: Immigrants’ Gender Attitudes toward Working Women.” Demographic Research 38(35):967-1016. doi: 10.4054/DemRes.2018.38.35

 

 

 

 

 

2015

 

Núria Franco for her thesis entitled (2015) Minority Nations, Political Parties and Immigration”, supervised by prof. Ricard Zapata-Barrero, investigates the relationship between immigration and minority nations. It focuses on Stateless Nationalist and Regionalist Parties (SNRP) through the lens of the centre periphery cleavage. Overall, the thesis make contributions towards the research question how do the main dimensions of the centre-periphery cleavage (identity, territory and economy) reflect on the SNRPs’ discourses on immigration? Paired comparisons of different SNRPs in different contexts (Catalonia, Quebec and Scotland) are carried out using qualitative content analysis of manifestos, parliamentary debates and other party documents. The thesis provides, among other contributions, a deeper understanding of SNRPs discourses on immigration and how centre-periphery relations interfere in its construction.

Selected publications from the thesis: 

Franco-Guillén, N. and Esteve & Garcia, S. (2016): "Secession and Immigration: An Exploration of Immigrant Views in the Catalan Case" in Pro-independence Movements and Immigration, pp. 163-186.

Franco-Guillén, N. (2015) Selfishness of the Affluent? Stateless nationalist and regionalist parties and immigration. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (Online first).

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

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