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Research team

Laura Chaqués Bonafont

Laura Chaqués Bonafont is ICREA Researcher and Professor of Political Science at the University of Barcelona, and research fellow at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). She is the director of the Spanish Policy Agendas Project (www.ub.edu/spanishpolicyagendas), a research project aimed to analyze the interrelation between the governmental, parliamentarian and media agendas across time, issues, countries and levels of government. The project establishes a link between policy dynamics research and other areas of concern within political science, mainly media studies, political representation and the quality of democracy in multilevel systems of governance. It also provides new tools for the development of quantitative measurement of policy dynamics. At present her main research interests are the analysis of agenda dynamics in comparative perspective, with special reference to the impact of the media, and interest groups. In 2014 she won the ICREA prize. (laurachaques@ub.edu). Access to CV.


Anna M. Palau

Anna M. Palau is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Constitutional Law and Political Science at the University of Barcelona. She finished her post-graduate studies at the University of Essex (UK) where she got an MA in Politics (with distinction) and received her PhD from the University of Barcelona. She has been research student at the University of Washington (USA) and Sciences Po (Bordeaux), and has participated in different research projects financed by national and European institutions. She has mainly done work in the analysis of policy dynamics, particularly in the food safety sector, although her research interests include more broadly the study of agenda setting and the role of mass media as political actor. At present, the analysis of the European Union as agenda setter and its relationship with other levels of government is one of her main research interests. Her research has been published in Comparative Political Studies, West European Politics, Journal of Public Policy and Journal of Legislative Studies among others. (apalau@ub.edu). Access to CV.


Luz Muñoz Márquez

Luz Muñoz Marquez is a post-doctoral researcher of the Spanish Policy Agendas Project. She finished her PhD in Political Science at University of Barcelona (2012). Her bachelor is in International Relations (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, with honors). She has been visiting researcher at the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology of the University of Newcastle (2013), Faculty of Law at the Universidad Iberoamericana (2013) and the Center for American Politics and Public Policy, University of Washington (2009). Her teaching activities include political science, public policy, collective action and interest group politics at the University of Barcelona. Her current research focuses on interest groups politics, with special interest on NGOs and advocacy groups. Other topics are agenda setting and government-opposition dynamics. (luzmunozma@ub.edu). Acces to CV.


Ruben Moliné

Ruben Moliné is a researcher of the Spanish Policy Agendas Project at the University of Barcelona (UB) from February 2013. At present, he is a PhD candidate at the UB, under the direction of Prof. Laura Chaqués-Bonafont. Moliné was awarded with a FI-DGR Scholarship from the Generalitat de Catalunya. He holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Political Analysis and Institutional Advising, both at the University of Barcelona (UB). His Master dissertation analyzed the role of the Spanish media during the announcement of terrorist group ETA of a permanent stop of violence. (rubenmoline@gmail.com)


Leonor Flores

Leonor Flores is a researcher of the Spanish Policy Agendas Project at the University of Barcelona (UB) since February 2014. She holds a BA in Political Science (Autonomous University of Barcelona), a BA in Journalism (International University of Catalonia), and a MA in Political Analysis and Institutional Assessment (University of Barcelona). She has been visiting PhD student at the McGill University (Montréal, Canada). Currently, Flores is developing her PhD comparing business corruption in Spanish and Canadian newspapers. Her research interests include: political communication, policy agenda, media and corruption. (lflores@ibei.org).


Leire Rincón

Leire Rincón is a research assistant of the Spanish Policy Agendas Project since October 2015. She holds a BSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bath (UK). Her bachelor dissertation engaged with Colin Crouch’s theory of Post-Democracy, examining in what ways Post-democratic conditions are present in Spain and analysing the role of the M15 movement in tackling such conditions. Currently, Leire is studying a MA in Political Analysis and Institutional Advising at the University of Barcelona (UB) (leiremaria@ub.edu).


Ferran Davesa

Ferran Davesa is a doctoral researcher at the Institute for European Studies (IES) / Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) from October 2013. His doctoral thesis analyses the impact of Internet-based participatory governance on EU's democratic deficit with a special focus on EU youth policy. Davesa is part of the joint research programme "Evaluating Democratic Governance in Europe" (EDGE). From 2008 to 2013, Davesa was a research assistant at the Spanish Policy Agendas Project (SPAP). Davesa holds an MA in International Relations from Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) and a BA in Political Science from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Recently, his academic research has focused on the foundations of good governance as regards corruption perception, collective action and political communication. http://www.ies.be/users/ferran-davesa



Andreu Casas

Andreu Casas is a graduate student in the Department of Political Scienceat the University of Washington. He is also a La Caixa Fellow and a research fellow at the Center for American Politics and Public Policy. His research interests are political participation and representation, with special focus on the use of text and other novel data sources to study legislative politics and electoral systems. Prior to starting graduate school, he received a B.A. in political science from the University of Barcelona and he worked as a research assistant of the Spanish Policy Agendas Project.



External collaborators

Gemma Mateo

Gemma Mateo is a senior postdoc at the Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies at the University of Salzburg. She holds a PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2004). In 2005-06, she was a Jean Monnet fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute in Florence. From 2006 till 2009, she was a research fellow at University College Dublin. Her research interests are in the areas of interest group politics, international negotiations, and European Union politics. Currently, she works on a project that analyzes the choice of lobbying strategies by interest groups use in transnational campaigns. Her research has been published in Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics, the Journal of Common Market Studies, and the Journal of European Public Policy, among others. Much of her published work can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/mateogemma/home.


Pedro Riera

Pedro Riera joined the School of Government and Public Policy of the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK) in 2013 as lecturer. He completed two BAs in Law and Political Science at the Universitat de Barcelona in 2003, followed by a MA in Social Sciences at the Instituto Juan March in 2007 and a PhD in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in 2013. He has also been a visiting scholar at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), and the New York University (NYU). His research has been published at the European Journal of Political Research, Political Behavior, Party Politics, and the International Political Science Review, among others. At present, his main research interests are the analysis of the determinants of electoral reforms in contemporary democracies, and the extent to which innovative research designs can help to assess the causal effects of institutional factors on political outcomes, with a special focus on endogeneity problems (Pedro.Riera@Strath.ac.uk). Access to CV.


Aina Gallego

Aina Gallego is a Ramon y Cajal Fellow at the Institut de Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals since May 2014. Previously, she was a post-doctoral scholar at the Spanish High Research Council and at Stanford University. She defended her doctoral dissertation in Political Science at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Her dissertation analyzed the levels and reasons of unequal voter turnout in advanced industrial democracies, and she found that there is large variation in the extent to which education is related to voter turnout rates across countries. The differences in the size of these gaps can be partially explained by  characteristics of the electoral and political system that make voting more costly. Her most recent research focuses on several aspects of democratic representation, including inequalities in voter turnout and political participation, the formation of political preferences, and the effects of electoral systems and income inequality on political behavior. She has been recently awarded a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant to study how contextual characteristics affect political behavior using a combination of experimental and observational data.You can learn more about her work at www.ainagallego.org


Former collaborators

Lluís Medir

Post-Doctoral Researcher
University of Barcelona

Mariel Julio

Research Assistant
University of Barcelona