The Team

The research group on Democracy, Elections and Citizenship (DEC) is part of the Department of Political Science of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.The main goal of the group is the analysis of citizens’ political involvement. For this purpose we develop externally funded projects. Our approach is empirical (we collect and analyze data) and mainly, but not only, quantitative.

The group shares a relative short but very intense experience of team work, starting in 2005. In 2009 we have been officially recognized as emergent research group by the Catalan government.

Eva Anduiza

Eva Anduiza

Associate professor of Political Science

Eva Anduiza - Associate professor of Political Science and Icrea Academia (2015) at the UAB. She directs the Masters in Political Science. Her main research lines deal with political attitudes and behaviour, including topics such as electoral turnout, political engagement and digital media, populist attitudes and the political consequences of the economic crisis.

Agustí Bosch

Agustí Bosch

Senior lecturer in Political Science

Agustí Bosch - He is senior lecturer in Political Science at the UAB and academic director of the UIMP. He holds a PhD in Politics, an MA in Political Behaviour (Essex) and a BA in Economics. His main research interests are political behaviour and the electoral system, both at Catalan and comparative levels.

Berta Barbet

Berta Barbet

Postdoctoral fellow

Berta Barbet- Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He completed a Ph.D in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Leicester in 2016. Her reserach deals with the determinants of citizens’ behaviours and attitudes with an especial focus on how context shapes them

Sofia Breitenstein

Sofia Breitenstein

Ph.D Candidate

Sofia Breitenstein - Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology (Universitat de Barcelona, 2012) and a master’s degree in Political Sciences (Universitat Autonoma, 2014). Her research deals with attitudes towards corruption and their effect on electoral behavior.

Camilo Cristancho

Camilo Cristancho

Post-doctoral researcher

Camilo Cristancho - He is a post-doctoral researcher in political science. His research deals with protest politics through the lens of attitudinal and contextual determinants of political behavior, as well as the potential outcomes of contentious politics. His approach to the field has relied on survey and experimental research and computational social science as a way to grasp the complexity of political conflict.

Carolina Galais

Carolina Galais

Postdoctoral fellow

Carolina Galais - Postdoctoral fellow at the Research Group on Electronic Government and Democracy (GADE, UOC).

Jordi Garcia Muniesa

Jordi Garcia Muniesa

PhD candidate in political science

Jordi Garcia Muniesa - PhD candidate in political science from UAB. He holds an MSc degree in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics and a BA in Sociology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His research is focused on public opinion, specifically on citizens’ attitudes towards redistribution.

Sheila González

Sheila González

PhD in Public Policy and Social Transformation

Sheila González- PhD in Public Policy and Social Transformation at the UAB. Currently she is researcher and adjunct professor in the Department of Political Sciences (UAB). Her research interests include public policy analysis and political participation.

Marc Guinjoan

Marc Guinjoan

Postdoctoral researcher

Marc Guinjoan-He is Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science and Public Law at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is doctor in Political Sciences at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (October 2012). His research interests are focused on political behaviour, elections and electoral systems, as well as on processes of decentralization, identities, nationalism and secession. He has published his work in reviews such as Public Opinion Quarterly, Publius, Gender & Politics or Nations and Nationalism.

Enrique Hernández

Enrique Hernández

Postdoctoral fellow

Enrique Hernández- Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He completed a Ph.D in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in 2016. His research interests include electoral behavior, political attitudes, public opinion and political participation.

María José Hierro

María José Hierro

Postdoctoral Researcher

María José Hierro- Juan de la Cierva Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. PhD in Political Science (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, UAM) and M.A. in Social Sciences (Juan March Institute). Her research interests are related to national identity, nationalism, socialization, political attitudes and political behavior.

Robert Liñeira

Robert Liñeira

Research Fellow

Robert Liñeira- He is a Research Fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Edinburgh. His research deals with public opinion and political behaviour, and focus in particular on constitutional preferences in multi-national polities, voting in multi-level contexts, and referendum vote choice. He is currently involve in research dealing with the influence of risk attitudes and perceptions on ballot choice at the Brexit referendum.

Dani Marinova

Dani Marinova

Research Fellow

Dani Marinova- Dani joined the Department of Political Science and Public Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2015. Her research is currently funded by a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education (Juan de la Cierva – Incorporación, 2015-2017). Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Political Economy Cluster at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. She completed a PhD in Political Science at Indiana University in 2012

Jordi Muñoz

Jordi Muñoz

Research Fellow

Jordi Muñoz- He is Ramón y Cajal research fellow at the University of Barcelona since July, 2014. Previously, he was postdoctoral researcher (Juan de la Cierva) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and Phd student at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. His broad research interests are related to political attitudes an behavior.

Roberto Pannico

Roberto Pannico

PhD Candidate

Roberto Pannico- PhD Candidate. He earned his Bachelor Degree in International Relations from the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, and his Master Degree in International Science (curriculum Political Science) from the University of Siena (Italy). His research deals with the influence of political parties on voters’ attitudes towards the EU.

Guillem Rico

Guillem Rico

Ramon y Cajal fellow

Guillem Rico- ‘Ramón y Cajal’ fellowship. His research interests include voting behavior, public opinion, and political leadership. His work has been published in journals such as Political Psychology, Electoral Studies, and South European Society & Politics. He is also author of a book on the perception and electoral influence of party leaders in Spain (Líderes políticos, opinión pública y comportamiento electoral en España. Madrid: CIS, 2009), and co-editor of a volume on the 2011 general elections in Spain (Elecciones generales 2011. Madrid: CIS, 2014).

Roser Rifà

Roser Rifà

PhD Candidate

Roser Rifà- Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science (UAB) and a master’s degree of Research in Political Science (UPF). She worked as a researcher assistant at the Institut de Ciències Polítiques i Socials (ICPS). Her research deals with the effects of economic downturns on citizens’ trust in political institutions.

Raul Tormos

Raul Tormos

Senior survey researcher

Raul Tormos- PhD in Political Science from the UAB, he is senior survey researcher at the Center for Opinion Studies (CEO), Generalitat de Catalunya. He teaches at the UB and EAPC. His research interests include the study of values, attitudes, political behavior, age-period-cohort effects, multilevel models, and survey methods.