The ESRU works closely with the Research Group on Exclusion and Social Control (GRECS), also located within the Department of Social Anthropology at the UB. Currently, it relies on 25 permanent members and it is headed by Dr. Manuel Delgado. Relevant specialists from GRECS work closely with ESRU research teams for specific projects. The main themes and research projects are regularly debated in committee within group meetings, and specific conferences and sessions organised by GRECS.
GRECS is a multi-disciplinary research institute made up of professors and senior researchers attached to the departments including the fields of anthropology, sociology, law, pedagogy, social work and methodology for social sciences. It was founded in 2001 to undertake socially committed academic and applied research into the issues surrounding the themes of social exclusion and social control contributing to the promotion of scientific debate in this field. GRECS displays a wide range of research interests converging on the study of stigmatised and socially excluded collectives and social cohesion, linked to the topics of migration, gender, labour market, ethnic minorities and public spaces, amongst other. Over the last 7 years GRECS has built up a considerable reputation based on its research work and its ability to develop and maintain productive collaborative arrangements with international partners.