The department holds an annual Research Forum consisting of talks or seminars given by external renowned academics and also invited UPF-DCPIS lecturers and researchers. The speakers use the forum to discuss innovative lines of research and theoretical inquiry, report on particular projects and research results, and discuss the application of new methodologies to specific fields.

The main goals of the Research Forum are to:

  1. Foster a fruitful dialogue and exchange of ideas among those attending the talks.
  2. Contribute to the academic training and socialization of our PhD and Master students.
  3. Invigorate the internal climate and culture of the department.
  4. Strengthen the academic reputation of UPF-DCPIS internationally.

Research Forum talks will take place on Thursdays 12-1:30 PM (rooms TBA) and are open to all DCPIS members and beyond (online registration to the talks will be required for all attendees). 

The confirmed lineup for the 2022-2023 academic year includes the following 8 speakers:









Marc Sanjaume-Calvet

December 15

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Climate Ethics: The Problem of Compliance to Rawls’s Just Saving Principle (video)

Toni Rodon


Shahrzad Goudarzi

January 19

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

The Structural and Cultural Antecedents of Meritocratic Beliefs (video)

Veronica Benet-Martinez


Kevin Arceneaux

February 2

Sciences Po

The Effects of Social Media during an Electoral Campaign: Can We Incentivize Citizens to be Better Informed? (video)

Lala Muradova


Giampiero Passaretta 

March 2

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Learning in School or Because of School? How Schools Affect Inequality.  (video)

Luis Ortiz


Lala Muradova

March 23

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

The Political Psychology of
Transforming Environmental Beliefs
and Behaviour (video)

Abel Escribà-Folch


Julia Steinberg

April 20

University of Maryland

Examining the Association Between Abortion and Mental Health: The (Mis)use of Science in U.S. Policy and Courts (video only available for students and professors of UPF upon request)

Maria Jose Gonzalez


Jennifer Ailshire

May 11

Univ. of Southern California

Environmental Determinants of Cognitive Health and Dementia in U.S. Older Adults (video)

Aïda Solé-Auró


Félix Mathieu

June 15

University of Winnipeg

Past the Québec Referendum: Lessons from the Canadian Clarity Act in the Context of the Catalonia-Spain Debate

Marc Sanjaume-Calvet