Research lines

LINES OF RESEARCH, PROFESSORS AND RESEARCHERS

(100160) Social intervention, dialogic approach and social and cultural inequalities

The interest of this line focuses on:

  • Analysis of inequalities of social class, ethnicity, gender and age.
  • The sociologies that contribute to overcome inequalities.
  • Theories and practices of public and dialogic sociologies.
  • The real utopias.
  • Study of the relationship between different types of inequalities in the current information societies.
  • Deepening the world’s most important research on overcoming inequalities.

 

DE BOTTON FERNANDEZ, LENA lenadebotton@ub.edu
FLECHA GARCIA, JOSE RAMON ramon.flecha@ub.edu
MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ, JESUS MANUEL DE jesusdemiguel@ub.edu
OLIVER PÉREZ, ESTHER estheroliver@ub.edu
PUIGVERT MALLART, LIDIA lidia.puigvert@ub.edu
ROTGER CERDA, JOSEP MARIA jrotger@ub.edu
SOLER GALLART, MARTA marta.soler@ub.edu

 

(100161) Sociology of organizations and professions

Advanced societies are the societies of professions and organizations. Both of these social formations are crucial in order to understand ongoing social processes because they act as a bridge between micro and macro levels and concentrate resources and knowledge, two aspects which are essential for the social change. The professions are organized groups which control a market and an area of knowledge. They form the elite of human capital in a society and occupy a central place in the structures of state and the organizations. There are plenty of professions and semi-professions which fight for creation of space of hegemony in the market. They contribute through this process to define social problems, create new services and influence a social dynamics. While dealing with social problems, the communication between professions and inter- disciplinarily is a significant aspect.

AUBERT SIMON, ADRIANA adriana.aubert@ub.edu
CARRASCO CALVO, SALVADOR scarrasco@ub.edu
COLLER PORTA, XAVIER xavier.coller@aya.yale.edu
CONDOM BOSCH, JOSE LUIS jlcbosch@ub.edu
DOMINGUEZ ALCON, CARMEN cda.dominguez@ub.edu
FARRAS FARRAS, JAUME jfarras@telefonica.net
GALLO DE PUELLES, PEDRO pgallodep@ub.edu
MERIDA DE PEDRAZA, FREDESVINDA scarrasco@ub.edu
MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ, JESUS MANUEL DE jesusdemiguel@ub.edu
RODRIGUEZ AVILA, NURIA nrodriguez@ub.edu
RODRIGUEZ DIAZ, JOSE ANTONIO jarodriguez@ub.edu
TORRENTE ROBLES, DIEGO diego.torrente@ub.edu

 

(100162) Sociology of health and of the public health system

Sociology of health and quality of life investigates from one side the aspects related to medicine, old age, social gerontology and sexuality and from the other side the aspects of structure, like the analysis of the health service sector of Catalonia and Spanish State. The most specific goal is the development of the Sociology of morbidity and mortality. The research on the significance of death is one of the examples. We talk about very complex matter which demands courage of the researcher. Within the studies of health and gender the analysis focuses on: 1) woman and work and 2) woman and loneliness.

CAIS FONTANELLA, JORDI jcais@ub.edu
COLLADO SEVILLA, ANA ANTONIA anacollado@ub.edu
CONDOM BOSCH, JOSE LUIS jlcbosch@ub.edu
DOMINGUEZ ALCON, CARMEN cda.dominguez@ub.edu
GALLO DE PUELLES, PEDRO pgallodep@ub.edu
MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ, JESUS MANUEL DE jesusdemiguel@ub.edu
PERIS PASCUAL, MARIA DOLORES mdperis@ub.edu
RODRIGUEZ DIAZ, JOSE ANTONIO jarodriguez@ub.edu

 

(100164) Sexuality, woman, reproduction and family

This line of research has the following goals:

1. The study of the social interactions in the transformation of gender relations, primarily in the educational and formational contexts, but also in other social contexts. It analyzes the intersection of the gender dimension, cultural identity and education in the existent processes of social exclusion in the knowledge society and examines which social interactions contribute to the society self-improvement.

2. Research, training activities, tasks of support and technical advising with and for the most unnoticed collectives of our society: single parents, women and criminal justice system, youngsters in situation of risk, teenagers who are under the process of formation of their identity and autonomy, and finally women. It considers all these collectives, as subjects of rights and protagonists of the construction of another social reality, and not as passive beings and simple objects of study, socialization and control. The study bases on the critical approach of the social control. It can not be closed in the “limits” of any scientific discipline, since the social control, as the behavior defined normatively as social, is a visible demonstration of the whole of factors that condition the action of the human being in a given society.

3. Developing a sociological perspective about the sexuality wants to show that sexuality is a social product and give theoretical instruments and analytical strategies for the analysis of the sexuality.

ALMEDA SAMARANCH, ELISABET elisabet.almeda@ub.edu
COLLADO SEVILLA, ANA ANTONIA anacollado@ub.edu
DOMINGUEZ ALCON, CARMEN cda.dominguez@ub.edu
ESCOBEDO CAPARRÓS, ANNA anna.escobedo@ub.edu
GARCIA JORBA, JUAN MANUEL jmgarciajorba@ub.edu
GUASCH ANDREU, OSCAR oscarguasch@ub.edu
OLIVER PÉREZ, ESTHER estheroliver@ub.edu
PONS ANTON, IGNASI MARIA ipons@ub.edu
PUIGVERT MALLART, LIDIA lidia.puigvert@ub.edu
RODRIGUEZ AVILA, NURIA nrodriguez@ub.edu
SOLER GALLART, MARTA marta.soler@ub.edu

 

(100166) Analysis and evaluation of the educational policies and systems

We live in the network globalized society and this brings us new opportunities and risks. The School and the University, like all the social institutions, need to adapt themselves to the new challenges which rise with the intervention of all the implicated actors. The research in this line analyzes this new situation from two different perspectives. A first approach examines the educational systems through the compared perspective and proposes ideas for more competitive education in the global society. A second approach indicates that the new context requires to risk with a more dialogical and critical education, in order to attain a more egalitarian, secular, intercultural, participative and democratic society. This line of research is about the social interventions, the public policies and their effects to reach the goals nominated above.

AUBERT SIMON, ADRIANA adriana.aubert@ub.edu
CAIS FONTANELLA, JORDI jcais@ub.edu
CARRASCO CALVO, SALVADOR scarrasco@ub.edu
DE BOTTON FERNANDEZ, LENA lenadebotton@ub.edu
FARRAS FARRAS, JAUME jaumefarras@ub.edu
FLECHA GARCIA, JOSE RAMON ramon.flecha@ub.edu
MARTINEZ CELORRIO, JOSE JAVIER xmcmartinez@ub.edu
MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ, JESUS MANUEL DE jesusdemiguel@ub.edu
PUIGVERT MALLART, LIDIA lidia.puigvert@ub.edu
ROTGER CERDA, JOSEP MARIA jrotger@ub.edu

 

(100167) Sociology of the cultural production

The goals are as follows:

1. Realization of the sociological research in the areas of arts and the culture, dealing with the analysis of the artistic and cultural dynamics in depth and, more generally, the promotion of this type of study.

2. The analysis of the urban cultural dynamics. This research analyzes as well the socioeconomic and organizational reality of the several sectors of cultural activity and examines the intra and inter-sectorial flows, the articulation between production and consumption, the relation among specialized culture and informal culture, the role of the social structures of assistance and the cultural gravitation of the city.

3.The analysis of economic problems and economic behavior from the cultural and institutional change perspective; the analysis of the economic and social aspects of the cultural production.

BRETONES ESTEBAN, MARIA TRINIDAD mtbretones@ub.edu
DIEZ MEDRANO, JUAN jdiezmedrano@ub.edu
GINER DE SAN JULIAN, SALVADOR sginer@ub.edu
MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ, JESUS MANUEL DE jesusdemiguel@ub.edu
MONTAGUT ANTOLI, TERESA montagut@ub.edu
OVEJERO LUCAS, FELIX felix.ovejero@ub.edu
RODRIGUEZ MORATO, ARTURO JULIO rodriguez.morato@ub.edu

 

(100168) Political Sociology, democracy and social movements

The study of the social change can be approached from various disciplines. The sociological perspective implies putting the accent on the transformations of the social structures and focusing on the essential changes of them. This does not require necessarily to make an exclusive use of macro-sociology however, entails that the studies carried out orient themselves to put the studied phenomenon, which can be microsocial, in systematic relation with the social structure and, therefore, to support also the micro-sociology. On the other hand, in the tradition of the good sociology, the study of the social change is equivalent to the study of the social structure. The fact of highlighting the change and not the structure derives from the consideration that we are in the middle of a great historical inflection and that consequently the social change is and will be in the daily agenda. If we observe the social reality that surrounds us, we notice at once that we live in a period of transition: the social system that gave origins of sociology, and about what we know a lot thanks to sociology, has reached the limits of potentiality, internal tensions and the relation between human beings and the nature. As a consequence, it is causing a true historical acceleration lead by the uncertainty. The impact of this period of transition has been captured by many of the important sociologists that shave place in the tradition of the non conventional sociology, like Barrington Moore, Offe or Wallerstein.
This line of research carries out some studies on some of the emergent forms of social conflict that appears in contemporary European societies with the goal to contribute, from this empirical input, to give theoretical and empirical bases which can allow understanding the democracy problems and the features of the social conflict of the new society. Besides, this line of research examines the interaction between globalization and transformation of the state structures, with a special accent on the changes related to the European Union. Finally, it analyzes from various perspectives the civic dynamics. From one side the political responsibility, that is, the degree of sensitivity of the governments in relation to civic demands, and from the other the organization and development of the new ways of participation of civil society which many times stay on the margin of the political parties.

AGUILAR SOLE, SALVADOR saguilar@ub.edu
BRETONES ESTEBAN, M. TRINIDAD mtbretones@ub.edu
COLLER PORTA, XAVIER xavier.coller@aya.yale.edu
DIEZ MEDRANO, JUAN jdiezmedrano@ub.edu
DOMENECH FIGUERAS, ANTONIO antonidomenech@ub.edu
GARCIA CABEZA, M. SOLEDAD marisolgarcia@ub.edu
GINER DE SAN JULIAN, SALVADOR sginer@ub.edu
MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ, JESUS MANUEL DE jesusdemiguel@ub.edu
MONTAGUT ANTOLI, TERESA montagut@ub.edu
MUNDO BLANCH, JORDI jordimundo@ub.edu
OVEJERO LUCAS, FELIX felix.ovejero@ub.edu
RAVENTOS PAÑELLA, DANIEL danielraventos@ub.edu
SEMPERE CARRERAS, JOAQUIM jsempere@ub.edu
VICENS VICH, JESUS BLAS jvicens@ub.edu

 

(100169) Territory, population and citizenship

This line of research is interested in the territory and the population. The first one is understood as a support for relationships and the other one as a protagonist of citizenship (of rights and of duties). The research proposes to describe and explain the potentialities and the constrictions of the disperse housing increment in the development of the social relations, focusing the analysis on the residential mobility and in its implications for the family relations (of solidarity and help) and all the other relations that have to do with the diffusion of the citizenship (participation). Besides, this line of research analyzes the processes of exclusion (structural unemployment, social exclusion in the city, “ghettos”) that are produced by the globalization in the context of the changing role of the cities.

 

ALABART VILA, ANA MARIA alabart@ub.edu
GARCÍA CABEZA, M. SOLEDAD marisolgarcia@ub.edu
LÓPEZ VILLANUEVA, CRISTINA clopez@ub.edu
OLIVER PÉREZ, ESTHER estheroliver@ub.edu
SEMPERE CARRERAS, JOAQUIM jsempere@ub.edu
VICENS VICH, JESUS BLAS jvicens@ub.edu

 

(101019) Governance, innovation and sustainability 

This line of research is interested in:

  • The economic development models that focus on innovation and creativity.
  • Socially creative strategies driven by civil society to combat social exclusion.
  • The transformation of traditional local economic systems towards the knowledge economy.
  • Governance.
  • Sustainability.

The complexity of the metropolitan areas often requires models of governance to coordinate the efforts of different municipalities. At the same time, cities seek to incorporate private actors and civil society in the management of the city to create a hegemonic consensus on the development model to follow. Aspects such as social cohesion in cities, the housing market, the processes of governance, education as an engine of cohesion and competitiveness of urban production systems and sustainability, among others, topics that make up this line. Comparative analysis with other European realities and cross-disciplinary approach characterize this line.

 

CAIS FONTANELLA, JORDI jcais@ub.edu
GARCÍA CABEZA, M. SOLEDAD marisolgarcia@ub.edu
OLIVER PÉREZ, ESTHER estheroliver@ub.edu
RODRIGUEZ MORATO, ARTURO JULIO rodriguez.morato@ub.edu
TORRENTE ROBLES, DIEGO diego.torrente@ub.edu
VICENS VICH, JESUS BLAS jvicens@ub.edu

 

(100157) Social theory and epistemology of social sciences

This research brings together four perspectives:

    1. The evolutionary perspective on cultural evolution
    2. The cultural perspective on the role of symbolic representations in the social order
    3. The ecological perspective on human-environment relationship
    4. Sociological Theory
COLLER PORTA, XAVIER xavier.coller@aya.yale.edu
DOMENECH FIGUERAS, ANTONIO antonidomenech@ub.edu
FLECHA GARCIA, JOSE RAMON ramon.flecha@ub.edu
GARCÍA CABEZA, M. SOLEDAD marisolgarcia@ub.edu
GINER DE SAN JULIAN, SALVADOR sginer@ub.edu
MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ, JESUS MANUEL DE jesusdemiguel@ub.edu
MUNDO BLANCH, JORDI jordimundo@ub.edu
OVEJERO LUCAS, FELIX felix.ovejero@ub.edu
RAVENTOS PAÑELLA, DANIEL danielraventos@ub.edu
RODRIGUEZ DIAZ, JOSE ANTONIO jarodriguez@ub.edu
RODRIGUEZ MORATO, ARTURO JULIO rodriguez.morato@ub.edu
SEMPERE CARRERAS, JOAQUIM jsempere@ub.edu
SOLER GALLART, MARTA marta.soler@ub.edu
VICENS VICH, JESUS BLAS jvicens@ub.edu

(101020) Social networks and social capital

The goals of this line of research are as follows:

    • Social capital as a new form of capital of the XXI century.
    • Creation, distribution and impact of social capital.
    • A networked society.
    • Social networks and new forms of organization and resource distribution.
    • Social networks as mechanisms of identity construction, power and collective action.
    • Networks of evil and good
ALMEDA SAMARANCH, ELISABET elisabet.almeda@ub.edu
CONDOM BOSCH, JOSE LUIS jlcbosch@ub.edu
RODRIGUEZ AVILA, NURIA nrodriguez@ub.edu
RODRIGUEZ DIAZ, JOSE ANTONIO jarodriguez@ub.edu
TORRENTE ROBLES, DIEGO diego.torrente@ub.edu