Margarita León (URL at is Associate Professor in the politics department and a senior Research fellow at the Institute of Government and Public Policies (IGOP) of the Universitat Autònoma Barcelona. From 2003 until 2010 she was a lecturer in European social policy (SSPSSR, University of Kent). She has been a Marie Curie Post-doctoral fellow at the RSCAS, European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics (2000) and a MA in Sociological Research from the University of Essex (1995). She has co-edited with A.M. Guillén The Spanish Welfare State in European Context (2011 Ashgate) and edited The Transformation of Care in European Societies (2014, Palgrave).  She has published in international peer reviewed journals such as Journal of European Social Policy, Comparative European Politics, South European Society and Politics, and European Journal of Women Studies. She received the ICREA ACADEMIA award for research excellence (2018)


Olga Salido is Associate professor in Social Stratification and  Gender Inequality at the Department of Sociology III, University Complutense of Madrid (Spain). She is author of the book Women’s occupational mobility in Spain, (Siglo XXI-CIS, 2001), and of several articles and book chapters on different issues related to family policy and gender stratification, as well as on the reform of the Welfare State in Spain and its impact on poverty and inequality. She has been a visiting scholar at the Universities of UC Berkeley, Essex, Harvard and Stanford, and she has participated in different research projects devoted to the study of women’s employment and changing patterns of inequality.


Sebastià Sarasa is Associate professor at the Dept. Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He has been President of the Catalan Association of Sociology and member of the Executive Committee of the Spanish Federation of Sociology.  Doctorate of Economic Sciences (specialising in Sociology and Political Science) at the University of Barcelona. His research lines are Inequalities and comparative social policy, Poverty and Social Exclusion, Intergenerational solidarity and elderly care.


Ricard Gomà is an Associate Professor of political science at the department of political science and public law (UAB). He holds a PhD in political science (UAB), a MPhil in public policy (Univesity of Strathclyde, Glasgow) and a master degree in urban and regional studies (UAB).  He has been visiting fellow at the University of Warwick (1994-1995) and at the University of Bath (1998 and 2002). He has also a large teaching experience in postgraduate and doctoral programmes at several European and Latin American universities (England, Italy, México, Brazil, Argentina). Ricard is a research fellow at the IGOP (Institute of Government and Public Policies), and he is currently director of the IERMB (Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies), a research consortium between UAB and the Metropolitan Government of Barcelona. His main fields of research are social policies and welfare states; urban policies and local governance; and social movements, community action and citizen participation. Ricard is interested in supervising doctoral researchers working on issues connected to his current research interests (urban policies and urban commons; new municipalism; inequalities and social innovation; community involvement).


Daniel Gabaldón is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Universitat de Valencia. Previously (2004-2011) has been Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Innovation and Knowledge Management (INGENIO), joint Institute of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research and the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Prior to that he was researcher (2002-2003), at the Department of Applied Economics, Faculty of Economics, University of Valencia. He is member of the International Sociological Association and of the Spanish Association of Sociology of Education (ASE). His research interests are early childhood education and care, and in the area of innovation and sustainability the characterization of innovation system with a special focus on energy.


Lucía Martínez Virto holds a PhD by the Universidad de Navarra (2013) and a Social Work degree. She holds also a specialization in Social Welfare. She is adjunt Professor at the Universidad de Navarra at the Social Work and Services Department. Her research lines are: social inclusion and social services, social intervention on families and vulnerable groups. She has been involved in the following research projects Sistema de Garantía de Ingresos Mínimos en España desde la perspectiva de la efectividad” (2015-2016), “Políticas de inclusión en las CCAA. Ubicación en el contexto europeo y respuesta a las nuevas situaciones” (2015-2017), “Cuidados en el ámbito comunitario. Experiencias en España y Latinoamérica” (2016-2019) y “Geografías del trabajo de cuidados” (2012-2015), projects financed  by the “Plan Nacional de Investigación Científica”, among others.


Zyab Ibáñez is a senior researcher at the UAB. He holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence 2007, and an MSc in Environmental Assessment from the London School of Economics. His research combines cross-national institutional analyses and organizational case-studies to explore how different institutional regimes shape the design and implementation of public policies in the areas of employment and migration. He is currently involved (as PI of partner institution) of two European projects: PROMISE (promoting youth involvement and social engagement: opportunities and challenges for ‘conflicted’ young people across Europe). EC H2020 2016-2019 (project n. 693221) and MATES Multi-Agency Training Exit Strategies for Radicalised youth (Directorate General Migration and Home Affairs/International Security Fund Police)


Lara Maestripieri is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the Institute of Government and Public Policies (IGOP) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, studying gender and social vulnerability from an intersectional perspective. She holds a PhD in Sociology and Social Research.  She has previously worked on the EU-funded projects FLOWS (2011-2014), WILCO (2011-2014) and CrESSI (2015-2016). In 2015, she was a fellow at the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation. She is currently Secretary/Treasurer of ISA RC52 “Sociology of Professional Groups” board. In June 2019, she will become Senior Lecturer in Economic Sociology at the Laboratory of Social Policies at Polytechnic of Milan. Her main interests of research are labour transformation in the post-industrial society, in particular: marginalised groups in labour markets (women and young people), social innovation and emerging professions. She has extensively published on women and work, a selection of publications can be freely accessed through her blog: .


Lara Navarro is a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at UAB. Her thesis is entitled “The Role of Family in the Provision of Welfare and its application on territories: the specific case of Barcelona Metropolitan Region”. The research is developed under the co-guidance of Lluís Flaquer Vilardebó (UAB) and Sebastià Sarasa Urdiola (UPF). She has an MSc in Applied Social Research and Data Analysis (Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas – CIS, 2007) and a degree in Sociology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, 2003). She works at a childhood studies research institute in Barcelona (CIIMU). She has carried out her research activity in the research group “Childhood, Family and Comparative Social Policy”, supervised by Lluís Flaquer Vilardebó, Professor of Sociology at the UAB’s Department of Sociology. She has participated actively in various national and international projects related to family and social policy transformations in Spain and the European Union. She is preparing her research report, in the framework of the UAB’s Sociology Doctorate Programme, into new trends in fatherhood, particularly in the relationship between fathers’ roles as economic providers and as child carers. She employs quantitative techniques, specialising in micro-data processing and its statistical exploitation.


Alejandra Peña López is PhD candidate at the Institute of Governance and Public Policies of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, holds a MSc in Social Policies and Community Action (UAB), a MSc in Social Sciences in FLACSO Ecuador and a degree in Economics (PUCE Ecuador). She is member of the “Analysis, Management and Assessment of Public Policies” at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She has experience in applied research in social and care policies area. Her research interests include institutional change, social policies, public healthcare, early childhood education, inequalities and welfare regimes studies in Latin America and South Europe.


Joan Miró is PhD candidate at the Institute of Governance and Public Policies of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. His research interests include discourse analysis, the political economy of the European integration process and populism. His most recent publication is ‘Beyond populism and institutionalism: anti-populism and the management of austerity in Spain’ in Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory (forthcoming).


David Palomera is PhD candidate in Politics, Policies and International Relations at Institut de Govern i Polítiques Públiques of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Assistant profesor in the Applied Economics Department of the UAB. MSc in Economic Development and Growth by Warwick University and Lund University, grant holder under the Erasmus Mundus programme. Economist by Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He has been working as a freelance consultant for public and private organizations. His research revolves around the externalization of public services and the care sector.


International members:

Mary Daly  is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy and within the department is the course director for the Master’s programmes in Comparative Social Policy at the Oxford Institute of Social Policy, University of Oxford. Her research interests and expertise are international in scope, focused on the analysis of social policy with a particular interest in family, gender, care/social care and poverty. Most of her work is comparative, in a European and international context, and interdisciplinary. In July 2017 Professor Daly was elected as fellow to the British Academy. She is also a member of the Social Policy, Social Work and Criminology sub-panel for REF2021. She is an editor of the journal Social Politics and an advisory board member of a number of other journals including Social Policy & Administration and European Societies. She is the founder of the Care Initiative at Green Templeton College. Mary Daly’s latest book, published in February 2015 by Policy Press and co-authored with Grace Kelly, is entitled: Families and Poverty: Everyday Life on a Low Income. Her previous books include: Welfare (Polity Press, 2011); Gender and the Welfare State (Polity Press 2003); The Gender Division of Welfare (Cambridge University Press 2000). She has many published articles in top journals such as Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of Social Policy, Sociology, Theory and Society, British Journal of Sociology, Social Policy and Society, European Societies, Policy and Politics, Journal of Common Market Studies, Social Politics. Social Policy & Administration. She has also published in numerous edited volumes, and completed policy reports for a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organisations.


Emmanuele Pavolini is Full Professor of Economic Sociology at the University of Macerata. He is co-editor of Journal of European Social Policy. He has focused his research interests on: comparative welfare state studies, with a special focus on the Italian welfare state in comparative perspective; Southern European welfare states; specific social policies (family policies, elderly care / LTC, child care, social care and health care and, more recently, education); inequalities in the access to welfare state provision; occupational welfare; welfare mix and third sector organizations. He co-edited in 2016 with U. Ascoli a volume on The Italian Welfare State in European Perspective: A Comparative Analysis (Bristol, Policy Press). He has published several articles in Journal of European Social Policy, Social Policy and Administration, Journal of European Public Policy, Sociology of Health & Illness, International and Comparative Social Policy, Health Policy, Work, employment and society, Comparative European Politics, European Journal of Social Security.


Costanzo Ranci is a full professor of Economic Sociology at the Polytechnic of Milan, Faculty of Architecture and Society. Prof. Dr. Ranci is one of Italy’s internationally known experts on welfare policy. He is the scientific director of the Master program “Social planning. Design, management and evaluation of Social Policies”, promoted by Polytechnic of Milan, in cooperation with the Institute for Social Research. Since 2005 he is a member of the ASP Board, Alta Scuola Politecnica (Master of Science in Engineering and Architecture) founded by Polytechnic of Milano and Polytechnic of Torino. He has published numerous articles and books on social policy and the welfare state, the third sector and voluntary organizations, social exclusion and social risks, as well as social movements. These include Dilemmas of the Welfare Mix: The New Structure of Welfare in an Era of Privatization (2002); Italy: Observatory for the Development of Social Services (2003); E. Pavolini, C. Ranci (2008), Restructuring the welfare state: reforms in log-term care in Western European countries, Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 3; p. 246-259.


Christian Morabito is an international consultant on inequality and social policies with more than 10 years of experience in the field of inequalities, social policies, early childhood education, development cooperation, policy-oriented research, advisory support and policy making. Educated in social welfare policies and development, he holds a Ph.D in equality of opportunity and human development at the Department of Social Work and Social Welfare, Ghent University. During the course of his professional path, he worked with the United Nations (UNDP and UNESCO) and the World Bank in managing poverty reduction and educational programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa. One of his recent commitments was as lead researcher for the international NGO Save the Children on developing indicators to measure multidimensional child poverty and educational poverty and inequality in Italy and Europe.