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University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

:: Overview
:: Research
:: Practical information

Barcelona: Universitat Pompeu Fabra campus building Barcelona: Universitat Pompeu Fabra campus


Universitat Pompeu Fabra, which is named after the first scholar to codify the Catalan language, is a young university with about 7,000 students. The Inequality program’s affiliates are the Department of Political and Social Sciences and the Department of Economics and Business. The Department of Political and Social Sciences consists of a unit on Political Science and Administration, and a unit on Sociology. The Department of Economics and Business specializes in theory, experimental economics, econometrics, economic history, and health economics.

(Source: Katherine Newman and Katrin Križ’ site visit in spring 2004)


Research areas at a glance


Comparative and domestic institutional evolution

Javier Astudillo Ruiz
, Gosta Esping Andersen, Jacint Jordana, Elvira Mendez Mendez, Klaus-Jurgen Nagel, Vincenc Navarro Lopez, Francesc Pau i Vall, Francesc Pedro Garcia, Sebastia Sarasa Urdiola


Jordi Guiu i Paya

Family structure

Luna Gonzalez
, Ernesto Villanueva, Pau Baizan Munoz, Gosta Esping Andersen, Tiziana Nazio,

Historical evolution of inequality

Enriqueta Camps
, Xavier Cuadras Morato, Francesc Pedro Garcia,


Ricard Zapata Barrero

Labor market inequality

Enriqueta Camps
, Maia Guel, Sergi Jimenez-Martin, Ernesto Villanueva, Gosta Esping Andersen, Perez Jodar Martinez, Jacint Jordana, Luis Ortiz, Magi Panyella i Roses, Sebastia Sarasa Urdiola

Political and civic participation

Xavier Astudillo Ruiz
, Mariona Ferrer Fons, Jaume Lopez Hernandez, Dolors Obiols i Sola, Francesc Pallares Porta, Clara Riba Romeva, Mariano Torcal Loriente, Rosa Viros Galtier

Racial/ethnic disparities and race relations

Urban poverty and spatial segregation

Sebastia Sarasa Urdiola

Faculty research

Department of Economics

Enriqueta Camps
Research areas: labor and gender economic history; human capital formation

González, Libertad Luna
Research areas: single mothers, family structures and work patterns

Güel, Maia
Research areas: Gender-based unemployment differences in the OECD

Jiménez-Martin, Sergi
Research areas: incentives to retire and labor market participation

Morató Cuadras, Xavier
Research areas: monetary theory and history; financial history and health economics

Villanueva, Ernesto
Research areas: transmission of economic inequality across generations; impact of inequality in parental income on transfer through bequests; household borrowing in response to interest rates; job attributes and wage differentials; project on fertility and insecure labor markets (with Gösta Esping-Andersen)

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Astudillo Ruiz, Javier
Research areas: comparative politics with special emphasis on the role of interest groups in the political processes of Western Europe and Latin America; the interaction between citizens and voluntary associations

Baizán Muñoz, Pau
Research areas: family and household formation; welfare state and family; event history analysis.

Codina Bonilla, Lluís
Research areas: documentary information systems; online research; digital publications and journalistic documentation in the media

Esping Andersen, Gösta Barcelona: Pompeu Fabra
Research areas: comparative public policies; inequality, employment and the labor market; fertility declines in Southern Europe; life course and inequality; new biographical patterns; intergenerational inheritance and social mobility

Ferrer Fons, Mariona
Research areas: political behavior; new forms of
political participation; methods applied to political science

Guiu i Payà, Jordi
Research areas: theory and history of political and social thought; relationships between "public" and "private" spheres in contemporary society; sociology of education and culture: Spanish education reforms in the mid 1980’s; relationship between two-tiered education system and immigration

Jódar Martínez, Perez
Research areas: local labor markets; small businesses and the informal economy; labor relations in the public sector in Spain; women and work

Jordana, Jacint
Research areas: theories of collective action; public institutions and policies; trade unions and labor relations starting in the late 1980’s; role of unions in transformation from authoritarianism to democracy; telecommunication policies in Europe; interview-based research, event history analysis

López Hernández, Jaume
Research areas: political theory, particularly theories of democracy; collective action theory; theories on social capital

Méndez Méndez, Elvira
Research areas: human resources management and quality production in public services; non-governmental organizations and their impact on social policy; women and the times of the city; women and reproductive health

Nagel, Klaus-Jürgen
Research areas: political science and history: nationalism (comparative analysis of national movements, theories of nationalism); European integration (the role of the regions); contemporary Catalan history (social movements); Spanish agrarian history (Catalan wine-making)

Nazio, Tiziana
Research areas: fertility project; family formation; diffusion models

Navarro López, Vicenç
Research areas: welfare states and health and social policies

Notó i Brullés, Pere
Research areas: clinical medicine and applications of psychoanalysis; investigation of groups in psychoanalytical social psychology; psychoanalytical social psychology of organizations and work; mental health, illness and healthcare

Obiols i Solà, Dolors
Research areas: friendship and community in the modern world; the welfare state and civil society

Ortiz, Luis
Research areas: labor relations; the sociology of work; trade unionism and new forms of work organization

Pallarès Porta, Francesc
Research areas: political behavior; political culture and public opinion; electoral behavior; political parties; federalism

Panyella i Roses, Magí
Research areas: work atmosphere and business culture; motivation of groups; application of the theory of complexity: chaos, self-organization, fractals in the study of groups, organizations and institutions; mental health, illness and healthcare intervention

Pau i Vall, Francesc
Research areas: parliamentary law; institutional organization of states; territorial organization of the state; comparative political systems

Pedró Garcia, Francesc
Research areas: state and education; comparative educational policy in EU countries; educational and social policy in the EU; methodology of comparative research

Ramió Matas, Carles
Research areas: administrative science and theory of organization applied to public administration; administrative structures and human resources of public administrations; externalization of the public sector; new public management

Requejo Coll, Ferran
Research areas: theories of democracy; federalism and multi-nationality; multiculturalism; political liberalism and social democracy after the second world war; political philosophy

Riba Romeva, Clara
Research areas: political participating and voting; educational management; evaluation of public policies

Sancho Royo, David
Research areas: systems for improving public management; introduction of marketing mechanisms in the administration; analysis of public policy: telecommunications policy in Spain

Sarasa Urdiola, Sebastià
Research areas: inequalities and comparative social policy; state-civil society interrelations in the sphere of the welfare state; third-sector development and partnership with public sector; cross-country comparison of income inequality among retired people; comparison of elder-care regimes and results on women’s employment patterns; project on child poverty with Gösta Esping-Andersen: impact of mothers’ employment on child poverty

Tàbara Villalba, Joan David
Research areas: sociology and environmental policy and management, specifically environmental action and participation; integrated environmental assessment (IEA); climatic change; environmental communication and information; corporate environmental management; social methodologies applicable to environmental research; environmental movements; environmental perception and public opinion; environmental risk and studies in sustainability

Torcal Loriente, Mariano
Research areas: political legitimacy, discontent in the new democracies: a model of attitudinal change; citizen involvement in democracy; structural opportunities for participation; political participation and inequality; coordinates the Spanish version of the European Social Survey

Virós Galtier, M. Rosa
Research areas: political behavior; quantitative and qualitative techniques of political analysis

Zapata Barrero, Ricard
Research areas: immigration; European citizenry


Visit UPF’s library’s website for information on statistical databases available at UPF.

Inequality Fellows are advised to email UPF’s reference librarians Xavier Martinez (Sociology) at xavier.martinez@upf.edu and Coro Pozuelo (Political Science) at coro.pozuelo@upf.es before their research placement to inquire what datasets are available to answer their research questions.

Datasets that might be of interest for the study of social inequality in Spain (information provided by Xavier Martinez):

- INE (Instituto Nacional de Estadistica) data, such as the EPA, the Spanish Labor Survey

- CIS (Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas) data

- Data by other agencies, such as the Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales

- Eurostat data, especially on Population and Social Conditions.

Students who want to use the surveys of the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (CIS), the main producer of surveys in Spain, will need to email Professor Mariano Torcal at mariano.torcal@upf.edu or Professor Sebastian Sarasa at sebastia.sarasa@cpis.upf.es to request access.

If Inequality Fellows want to use the European Household Panel, they should email librarians about when they will need the data, so they will get a user card in time.

Library access

Before Fellows’ arrival in Barcelona, the Inequality program will contact Maite Viudes, Director of UPF’s Student Mobility and Reception Office (OMA), to inform her about Inequality Fellows’ arrival. Upon arrival in Barcelona, Fellows’ first stop should be OMA, where they can pick up their id and the code for wireless access in the library and access to the library datasets. OMA is located in the main hall of UPF’s Ciutadella Campus, Ramon Trias Fargas 25 (Metro: yellow line Ciutadella Villa-Olimpica). Please note that the id card/access code Inequality Fellows receive will not allow them to access library datasets from home. Fellows need to be physically in the library to get access.

In order to set up Fellows’ connection to UPF’s Novell network, Fellows need to email their full names, date of birth and passport numbers to Joan Trench Rubal, a computer service technician, at joan.trench@upf.edu, after the Inequality Program has informed OMA of Fellows’ stay at UPF.

Practical information

Before arrival, Fellows are advised to visit OMA’s web site as well as the official web site of the city of Barcelona.


Barcelona: La Ciutadella Residence Hall Barcelona: La Ciutadella Residence Hall

Barcelona’s craigs list is called LoquoBarcelona. This site has numerous listings for apartments, and one of our Doctoral Fellows found and apartment (with dsl-connection) through this site for $ 750 per month (summer 2005).

Please note that UPF cannot provide office space for Inequality Fellows. If Fellows prefer to work from home rather than in the library, they need to bring along their laptops to Spain and find an apartment with Internet connection. It is also advisable to rent an apartment with a phone, if at all possible, because using phone cards to call the U.S. may be costly.

The University of Pompeu Fabra’s Student Mobility and Reception Office (OMA) at oma@upf.edu can help Inequality Fellows find housing, but they will need a note from the Inequality program’s main Pompeu Fabra contact confirming proof of acceptance at UPF.

Barcelona Housing Service for Students

Inequality Fellows can also look for accommodation through the Barcelona Housing Service for Students.

Email: info@bcn-housing-students.com

Phone: +34 93 483 84 28 Barclona: La Ciutadella conference room

“This is an accommodation service run jointly by all the universities in the Barcelona area. It offers several options: flat-sharing, rooms in shared flats and “bridging” (temporary) accommodation” (Source: Welcome to Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Residence Hall “La Ciutadella”

Residencia Universitaria La Ciutadella (see photo tour) is located one block from Pompeu Fabra at Pg. Pujades 33-37. “Each apartment has its own bathroom. Fully equipped kitchen, telephone and free Internet connection, furniture and access to the hall’s communal services and amenities. There is a very limited number of places, so preference is given to those wishing to stay for a full year.” (Source: Welcome to Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

The room rental period during the academic year is from September 15 to June 30, but there may also be space if students only come for one semester. The cost of a single room per academic year (9 month-period) was 300 euros per month in 2004, plus utilities. During the summer of 2004, a single room cost 600 euros per month.

Contact: Monica Maeso

Phone: + 34 93 394 32 00, email: ciutadella@resa.es

For reservations for the period July 1 – August 31, call + 34 93 3943500 or email resa@resa.es by April/May.

Health insurance

The U.S. Department of State provides extensive information on health insurance for Americans traveling abroad.

Office space and computer access

Since Inequality Fellows will not have access to office space at Pompeu Fabra, they will need to bring their own laptop so they can work in the library.

Timing Barclona: La Ciutadella computer room

UPF’s first term starts at the end of September and ends at the beginning of January. The second term runs from the beginning of January to mid-March, and the third term from mid-April to the end of June.


A monthly metro and bus pass for Barcelona, called “T-Mes,” cost 37.65 euros in 2004. A 10-ride pass was 5.8 euros. For information on metro and buses, visit TMB. Renfe provides information on rail services in Spain. For a list of low-cost airlines operating in Europe, visit http://www.discountairfares.com/lcosteur.htm . To print out a location on a map, go to http://www.mappy.com./

Visa information

US citizens staying in Spain as tourists for less than 90 days do not need a visa to enter the country. For the latest visa-related information, visit the websites of the U.S. Department of State and the Spanish Embassy in Washington, DC.

(Source: Katherine Newman and Katrin Križ’ site visit in spring 2004; Ryan Moore’s and Traci Burch’s ENI reports, 2005)

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