Ph.D. candidate (2012-2016) in the Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. I hold an M.Phil. degree in Sociology (with distinction) from the University of Cambridge, and an M.Sc. degree in Social Research Methods ––with a second concentration on Social Policy Research–– from the London School of Economics (LSE). I completed my B.A. degree in Sociology at the University of Barcelona in 2010. I have also collaborated as a research assistant in the Institute of Childhood and the Urban World (CIIMU, 2009-2010) in Barcelona, and I co-authored, together with Pau Marí-Klose, Marga Marí-Klose and Alba Lanau, the book El règim de benestar juvenil a Catalunya: fonts de benestar i oportunitats transicionals dels joves catalans. I have recently conducted comparative research on youth poverty in Europe, and I am currently interested on the educational attainment and the transition to the labour market of second-generation immigrants in Spain. My research interests include methodology of social sciences, economic sociology, life-course inequalities, poverty and exclusion, international migration, urban sociology, labour market, and education.
Inés Calzada Gutierrez
Juan de la Cierva Research Fellow in the Institute of Public Goods and Policies of the Spanish National Research Council. MPhil in Sociology and MPhil in Communication by the University of Salamanca. PhD in Sociology by the same University. MsC in Methodology for the Social Sciences (mayor in Statistics) by the London School of Economics. She has been academic visitor in internationally renowned centres such as the Swedish Institute for Social Research (Stockholm), the Sociology Dpt. of Indiana University (USA) or Nuffield College (University of Oxford). She has carried out several studies on comparative welfare policies, with a special focus on citizens’ attitudes to social policies. Among her recent publications we can mention: “The Myth of Mediterranean Familism: family values, family structure and public preferences for state intervention in care” (European Societies, forthcoming, together with Clem Brooks); “Welfare programs organisation and legitimacy” (RIS, 2012); “La tela que nos teje. Un estudio comparado de las bases que sustentan la legitimidad de las políticas sociales” (CEPC, 2010); With Eloísa del Pino, she has published: “Are Spaniards Different? European convergence and regional divergence in the evaluation of Welfare State” (Ashgate, 2011); “Perceived Efficacy and Citizens’ Attitudes toward Welfare State Reform” (IRAS, 2008).
Associate professor at the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology at the University of Northern Iowa. Ph.D. (2005) University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Pre-doctoral Fellow (2004) Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California, San Diego; B.A. (1996) Universitat de Barcelona. My current projects focus on how civic and political institutional environments impact perceptions towards specific social policies in the context of Europe. Using statistical data from the “European Social Survey”, “Eurobarometer” and “ISSP survey”; and multi-level techniques (Hierarchical Linear Modeling mostly), I am currently working on several funded projects examining ethnic heterogeneity and attitudes towards the development (or lack thereof) of social policies; and whether negative attitudes towards these policies increase when countries and regions within country are more racially/ethnically diverse, display high levels of economic inequality, or expend fewer institutional resources to fight racism and promote social justice. I have published as first and second author, articles in leading journals such as the Annual Review of Sociology, Ethnic and Racial studies, British Journal of Sociology, and Social Science Research among others, as well as several book chapters such as the one forthcoming in the International Handbook of Migration Studies. Research Interests: International migration and transnationalism, race/ethnic inequality, political sociology, sociology of emotions, social demography, labor markets, research methods, European Union, Latin America.
Sandra Escapa Solanas
Methodological and Research Coordinator of the project "Famílies amb veu" at the Jaume Bofill Foundation, and lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Organisational Analysis at the University of Barcelona. Postgraduate degree in Sociology and Community Mediation at the University of Barcelona and Master degree in Research in Sociology and Demography at the University Pompeu Fabra. She previously worked at the Institute of Childhood and Urban World (CIIMU) as a researcher in several projects: Emotional Distress of Adolescents: Lifestyles, Mental Health, and Lay Strategies Used in managing adversity (TV3 Marathon Foundation), La implicació de les famílies immigrades en els processos educatius dels seus fill i filles: estratègies davant l’èxit i el fracàs escolar (ARAFI 2010), as a coordinator of planning and analysis of the Panel of Families and Children (CIIMU). Author of several books and articles, including Famílies i relacions intergeneracionals, Infants i Famílies a Barcelona and Temps de les Famílies. Her research interests are focused on areas of childhood, adolescence and families.
Albert Julià Cano
Ph.D. candidate in Sociology (2011-2015) at the Department of Sociology and Organisational Analysis at the University of Barcelona (UB) and junior researcher in the Institute of Childhood and Urban World (CIIMU, 2010-2013). Master degree in Research in Sociology and Demography (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2011), Postgraduate degree in Environmental Management: person and society (UB, 2008) and a B.A. degree in Sociology (UB, 2007). He previously worked as a researcher at the Carles Pi i Sunyer Foundation in the “Observatori de Govern Local” (2008-2010). He has been awarded the second prize in the Contest of Young Sociologists XVI (Sant Jordi Award 2012 from the Institute of Catalan Studies). His research interests include sociology of the education, sociology of the family, poverty and social exclusion, and research methods. He is currently working on several articles and projects focused on intergenerational relations, attitudes and behaviours, of children and adolescents, and the educational gender gap.
Alba Lanau Sánchez
Ph. D. candidate in Public Policy (2011-2015) at the University of Bristol. I hold a degree in Political Science (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2006) and a Master in Social Policy (U of Bristol, 2011). My master dissertation explored multidimensional social exclusion in Spain using the European Social Survey. Prior to pursuing postgraduate studies I worked as a research assistant at CIIMU (2008-2010), where I participated in research projects in the areas of social exclusion, children and families well-being, and intergenerational relations. Additionally, I worked as a fieldwork coordinator for national surveys (2008). My experience is mainly in questionnaire design and the quantitative analysis of social exclusion. However, I have also collaborated in qualitative research projects around the non-profit sector in Barcelona, and policies to tackle early school dropout. My main areas of interest are poverty and social exclusion, as well as more generally the dynamic processes of disadvantage. I am particularly interested in the links and divergences between income poverty and other dimensions of exclusion. My PhD thesis looks at the nature and dynamics of youth social exclusion in Western Europe. I am using a quantitative approach, which relies mainly in the secondary analysis of European datasets.
Assistant professor at the Department of Sociology and Organisational Analysis at the University of Barcelona. Prior to joining the University of Barcelona I was Postdoctoral Researcher (Juan de la Cierva Program) in the Institut of Childhood and the Urban World ( CIIMU, 2008-2010). Ph.D. in Sociology (Universitat de Barcelona), Master in Social Policy and Research (London School of Economics), Master in Gender and Development (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). In CIIMU I was research coordinator of the Report on Social Inclusion (Informe de la Inclusión Social en España 2008, and 2009), and director of a study about extended school programs (Model d'acompanyament a l'escolaritat) for the Diputació de Barcelona. My research interests include poverty and social exclusion, sociology of the family, intergenerational relations. I have coauthored several books and articles, including Childhood and the Future: New realities, new challenges (2010) and Educación, trabajo y fecundidad de las mujeres (1999). I am currently working on several projects and articles focused on educational gender gap analysing PISA data, and the transition to adulthood and family formation of young adults in Catalonia.
Pau Marí-Klose is Assistant professor at the University of Zaragoza. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago (where he is PhD candidate), and a Master in Social Sciences from the Centre for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (Juan March Institute). Before joining CSIC, he has been lecturer in the University of Barcelona (1999-2000; 2005-2010), teaching fellow at the Essex Summer School in Social Sciences Data Analysis and Collection (1999) and both teaching and research assistant in the University of Chicago (2002-2004). Pau worked for five years as a researcher at the Institute of Childhood and Urban World (2005-2010), where he was methodological director of a longitudinal survey that followed a sample of 3.000 Catalan adolescents and their families (2006-2010); research director of the Informe de la Inclusion Social en España (2008 and 2009), financed by Caixa Catalunya; and scientific director of the Institute (2009-2010). Between 2010 and 2012, he was postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Public Goods and Policies of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). His research interests lie in areas of childhood poverty, education, transitions to adulthood, marital relationships, and social policies. He is currently the principal investigator of a R+D+I project financed by the Spanish Ministry of Science of Innovation that studies the interface between transformations in families and family policies in Spain.
Álvaro Martínez Pérez
Joined ICOSS as Research Associate in July 2012. He has a PhD in Applied Social and Economic Research (ISER, University of Essex) and is a Doctor-Member of the Juan March Institute (CEACS). He also holds a Masters in Social Sciences (Juan March Institute), an Advanced Diploma in Political Science and International Relations (UAM), and a BA in Political Science and Public Administration (UCM). Prior to joining ICOSS he was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Sociology and Organisational Analysis (Universitat de Barcelona) and Research Fellow at the Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies (IRVAPP, Fondazione Bruno Kessler). During his postgraduate studies he was a visiting student at Nuffield College (University of Oxford) and the European University Institute. His research interests include family sociology, economics of the family, social stratification and electoral behavior. He has specialised in econometric and quantitative methods for the analysis of large scale and complex datasets.
Laia Sánchez Guerrero
Ph.D candidate (2012-1016) in the Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) at the European University Institute in Florence. I hold a Master of Research in Sociology and Dempography from the University Pompeu Fabra, and a Master degree in Public and Social Policies at the IDEC-UPF- John Hopkings University. I completed my B.A. degree in Sociology at the University of Barcelona, and colaborated as a research assistant in the Institute of Childhood and the Urban World (CIIMU, 2009-2012) in Barcelona. I also worked as a research assistant a thet R+D project: Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Spain, in the Emergint group IFAM (Pere Tarrés Fundation, 2008). Currently I am interested on educational inequalities, and compared educational systems, focusing on the strategies used by high social strata to segregate themselves into different educational systems.
Elizabeth Vaquera is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Florida (Tampa, USA). She joined USF in 2007 after completing her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include social and emotional well-being of a few vulnerable and diverse groups, especially children and immigrant and minority groups. Her work has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed journals including Child Development, Social Science and Medicine, Social Science Research, The Sociological Quarterly, The Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, or Social Science Quarterly, among others, and has received support from U.S. federal funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. With researchers at AINSR, she has coauthored the book Childhood and the Future: New realities, new challenges (2010). Her latest book, Education and Immigration (with G. Kao and K. Goyette) explores the educational outcomes of post-1965 immigrants and their children in the U.S. by focusing on the overlaps between immigrant status and race and ethnic background.
Is a sociologist with an interest in structural processes and their effects on citizens´ perception of immigration. She is writing her dissertation under the direction of Prof. Saskia Sassen. Her thesis reveals the mechanisms underlying anti-foreigner sentiment (or the lack thereof) in two multi-ethnic and multi-national welfare states: Belgium and Spain. She uses data from the European Social Survey, Eurostat, the Migrant Integration Policy Index, interviews with immigration experts and ethnographic fieldwork to examine the extent to which the distribution and manifestation of anti-foreigner sentiment is a product of regional regulations of immigrants' integration, labor market participation, and political rights. She has received several awards and grants, and published her research in peer-reviewed journals.