Vés enrere Astudillo Ruiz, Javier


Departament de Ciències Polítiques i Socials
Despatx 20.120
Professor titular d'universitat

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and serve as the director of its 'Master of Research in Political Science.' Additionally, I hold the position of academic coordinator at UPF for the 'TransAtlantic Master Program' in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a founding member, I actively contribute to the UPF Research Group on Institutions and Political Actors within my department

Biographical Summary

I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1998, following a B.A. in Geography and History in 1992. From 1998 to 2000, I held the position of Fulbright Scholar at the Minda de Ginzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. On November 26, 2010, I received the Best Paper award from the Revista Internacional de Sociología (published by the Spanish National Research Council) for the period 2008-2010. Out of Academia, I served as a consultant for the Private Office of the Spanish Prime Minister from March 2007 to April 2008.

Research interests

My primary research interests center around the internal dynamics of political parties, with a specific focus on both national and regional levels within Western countries.

Research projects

I am currently engaged in research on the dynamics and methods of party leadership selection and their implications for the inclusion of historically marginalized groups, particularly women. This work is part of my latest project, MULIDERCO, which involves a cross-country study of the collective leadership of political parties from a gender perspective. The project is funded by the Spanish Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI), the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICIN), and the European Regional Development Fund.

I also serve as the Spanish coordinator for two significant projects. Firstly, the Political Party Database Project or PPDB (https://www.politicalpartydb.org/), an international initiative focusing on the internal organization of political parties. This project is directed by Professors Susan Scarrow (University of Houston), Paul Webb (University of Sussex), and Thomas Poguntke (Universität Düsseldorf). Additionally, I am the academic coordinator of Observatory of Political Parties of Catalonia (OPCAT), the first platform dedicated to collecting information and analyzing the internal functioning of Catalan political parties.


My research has been published in numerous national and international journals, including but not limited to Politics & Society, Cambridge Journal of Economics, South European Society & Politics, Party Politics, Regional and Federal Studies, European Journal of Political Research, British Journal of Political Science, and West European Politics.