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Lines of Research

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Applications within all areas of Social Sciences are welcome. However, applicants should bear in mind the following specialization areas of the programme when choosing their research topic.

The lines of research of the programme are:

01 Analysis, management and evaluation of public policies
Potential Phd Supervisors:  Xavier Ballart Hernández,  Raquel Gallego Calderón

  • Public policy analysis
  • Public policy evaluation
  • Public policy and public management
  • Innovation in the public sector
  • Decentralization and sub-national governments


02 Social and urban policies
Potential PhD supervisors:
Ismael BlancoMargarita León, Marc Parés, Joan Subirats, Ricard Gomà and Mayo Fuster
Research lines

  • Networks of urban governance
  • Urban policies
  • Comparative Social policy
  • Politics of welfare reform
  • Democratic innovation
  • Internet and politics 2.0
  • Territoriality, collective identities and society


03 Democracy, elites, political parties and citizenship
Directors of thesis
: Eva Anduiza Perea, Joan Botella Corral, Eva Ostergaard-Nielsen, Guillem Rico, Dani Marinova, Marc Guinjoan, Agustí Bosch

  • Stability and change in political attitudes,
  • Political behaviour, protests, digital media,
  • Political parties, party and governmental elites
  • Political communication
  • National identity
  • Migration and transnational politics 


4 European governance and integration
Jordi Bacaria Colom, Ana Mar Fernández Pasarín, Nuria Font Borrás

  • EU institutional system and decision making
  • EU politics and inter-institutional relations
  • Europeanization of politics, multi-level governance
  • International Political Economy and Economic Integration


05 International relations
Directors of thesis:
Esther Barbé Izuel, Oriol Costa Fernández, Laura Feliu Martínez, Aina Gallego (IBEI), Rafael Grasa Hernández, Ferran Izquierdo Brichs, Elisabet Johansson-Nogués (IBEI),  Robert Kissack (IBEI) 

  • EU and Spanish foreign policy
  • Multilateralism and international institutions
  • Conflict analysis, resolution, transformation and peacebuilding
  • Issues in International Relations: International Security, Development, Human Rights, Environment 
  • MENA and Euro-mediterranean relations