Tthe University of Barcelona regularly appears among the 25 best universities founded more than 400 years ago and is the only Spanish university among the 200 best universities in the world according to the most renowned international rankings. The UB is a member of several international university networks, including the Coimbra Group and the League of European Research Universities (LERU), in which it is the only Spanish institution.
The Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Barcelona also occupies noteworthy positions in the main national and international rankings in the areas of economics, business and sociology. It hosts more than 150 researchers that carry out internationally renowned quality research, which translates into the publication of around 200 articles in JCR journals every year. These researchers are members of institutes and observatories that make up a large proportion of the research groups at the Faculty. In addition, the Faculty has several thematic chairs, which are managed in collaboration with other institutions and organizations and through which in-depth study and research is carried out on specific topics in a variety of knowledge areas.
The UB School of Economics, the UB Business School and the UB School of Sociology are three platforms that centralise and coordinate research in economics, business and sociology, respectively, as well as the Faculty's postgraduate programmes (research master's degrees and doctoral programmes) in these areas.
Researchers of the Faculty of Economics and Busines are strongly committed to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). One of the means through which relationships between researchers and society are fostered is the completion of knowledge transfer projects aimed at companies and public administrations. These activities are carried out jointly with other entities in the UB Group, such as the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation, and also within the Industrial Doctorate Plan. The Faculty is also strongly committed to open research as a means of increasing access to scientific results and improving scientific education among the general population.
The Research Committee of the Faculty has among its responsibilities those of organizing support to research, suggesting priority lines of research for the Faculty and managing the centre's research infrastructures (in line with Article 33.3 of the Faculty Regulations). These infrastructures include spaces for research (Espais de Recerca de la Facultat (ERE)), which provide support for and promote activities led by the centre's most competitive research groups.The Faculty Research Office offers general information and is responsible for the economic and administrative management of projects by Faculty researchers, and provides administrative support to the Faculty's Research Committee.