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

Full Professor of Political Science

Eva Anduiza - Professor of Political Science and Icrea Academia at the UAB. Her research interests focus around political engagement in advanced democracies including the causes and consequences of electoral turnout, political protest, digital media and political attitudes. She is also interested in survey and experimental methodology. Recently her research has focused on the attitudinal consequences of the economic crisis, with a special focus on understanding the triggers and implications of populist attitudes. Current she is focusing on change in attitudes towards gender equality.

Daniel Balinhas

Daniel Balinhas

Ph.D Candidate

Daniel Balinhas - PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Psychosocial Intervention. His main research interests are focused on inter-group processes and conflict, political polarization, and the study of social forces producing, developing, and sustaining group-based inequalities.

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.

Martha Ogochukwu Dennis

Martha Ogochukwu Dennis

PhD Candidate

Martha Ogochukwu Dennis - PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science (Federal University Wukari) and a Master’s degree in Political Science (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). Her research interests centre on political protests and attitudes towards state repression.

Sergi Ferrer

Sergi Ferrer

Researcher

Sergi Ferrer - He is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the ERC StG project DEMOTRADEOFF at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He completed a PhD in Political Science at the University of Barcelona in 2022. His main research interests include political behavior, political attitudes, accountability, and party systems, with a particular focus on causal identification and research methods.

Carolina Galais

Carolina Galais

Ramon y Cajal fellow

Carolina Galais - She obtained her Ph.D. in political science from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and held postdoctoral fellowships at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Université de Montréal (UdeM, 2012-2015) and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (2015-2018). Her research interests revolve around two major research strands: public opinion (interest in politics, civic duty, populism, emotions, political socialization, digital media) and local participation. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as West European Politics, the European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies and Research & Politics.

Rubén García Del Horno

Rubén García Del Horno

PhD Candidate

Rubén García Del Horno - PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and a bachelor’s degree in Political and Administration Sciences (Universitat Pompeu Fabra). His research interests include political attitudes and behaviours, political representation, and the rural-urban cleavage.

Laura Gutierrez Zárate

Laura Gutierrez Zárate

PhD Candidate

Laura Gutierrez Zárate - PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy (London School of Economics) and a bachelor’s degree in International Business and Administration (Universidad Panamericana). Her research is focused on the political consequences of social movements and movement leadership.

Enrique Hernández

Enrique Hernández

Associate Professor of Political Science

Enrique Hernández- Associate Professor 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.

Dani Marinova

Dani Marinova

Assistant Professor of Political Science

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

Juan Pérez-Rajó

Juan Pérez-Rajó

Ph.D. Candidate

Juan Pérez-Rajó - Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He holds a master’s degree in Political Science (UAB) and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela). His research interests include populism, populist attitudes and voting behavior.

Enrique Prada

Enrique Prada

Research Assistant

Enrique Prada – Research Assistant at the Demotradeoff Project. He holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) and a dual degree in Political Science and Sociology (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid). His research interests include public opinion, redistributive politics and the political consequences of technological change.

Guillem Rico

Guillem Rico

Associate Professor of Political Science

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).

Leire Rincón

Leire Rincón

Postdoctoral Researcher

Leire Rincón- She is a postdoctoral researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Before this, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Political Sociology and Social Policy at Humboldt University in Berlin (2021-2022). She completed a PhD in Political Science at the University of Barcelona and IBEI (2021). Her research interest include public opinion, political behaviour, welfare policies and redistributive politics, especially universal basic income and different aspects of gender-based violence (e.g., attitudes, perceptions and policies to address this).

María Ruiz

María Ruiz

PhD Candidate

María Ruiz - PhD candidate in the Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She holds a bachelor degree in International Studies (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and a MA in Contemporary European Studies (University of Bath on behalf of the EAUC). Her research deals with populist attitudes, populist support in relation with transitions.

Damjan Tomic

Damjan Tomic

PhD Candidate

Damjan Tomic - PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, with a minor in Psychology (University of Western Ontario, 2014); a Master’s degree in International Business Management (Institut des hautes études économiques et commerciales, 2016) and a Master’s degree in Political Science (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2021). His research deals with attitudes towards immigrants, social identity and the rural-urban divide.

Marta Vallvé

Marta Vallvé

PhD Candidate

Marta Vallvé - PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2019) and a master’s degree in Applied Philosophy (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat de Girona, 2020). Her research deals with environmental attitudes and behaviours, ecological distribution conflicts and the rural-urban divide.

Members affiliated to other institutions

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

Luca Bernardi

Luca Bernardi

Senior Lecturer

Luca Bernardi- Senior Lecturer in Politics at the Department of Politics at the University of Liverpool. Among other things, his research agenda focuses on how mental health problems influence different domains of political behaviour, the link between mental health and political representation, and the impact of political stressors on people’s mental health.

María José Hierro

María José Hierro

Lecturer in Political Science

María José Hierro- Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at Yale. She teaches and does research on topics related to nationalism, national identity, and political protests. She has published her research in the American Journal of Political Science, West European Politics, and Journal of Conflict Resolution, among other journals. .

Robert Liñeira

Robert Liñeira

Lecturer in Politics

Robert Liñeira- He is a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Glasgow. His research deals with public opinion and political behaviour using quantitative methods, particularly applied to voting in elections and referenda, attitudes towards territorial politics, and attitudes towards government institutions.

Raul Tormos

Raul Tormos

Senior 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.

Ángel Luis Torres

Ángel Luis Torres

Posdoctoral fellow

Ángel Luis Torres - He is a junior researcher / postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Sociology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. He holds a Ph.D from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, a BA in Geography (Universidad de Castilla-la Mancha) and a MA in International Politics (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). His research interests are focused on individual geopolitical preferences, national politics in post-communist Europe, and ethnolinguistic identity.

Former members

Macarena Ares

Macarena Ares

Serra Húnter Assistant Professor

Macarena Ares - She is Serra Húnter Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science of the University of Barcelona. She completed a Ph.D in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in 2017. She is interested in the study of class politics, social policy, electoral behavior, political participation and public opinion.

Sofia Breitenstein

Sofia Breitenstein

Juan de la Cierva Postdoctoral Fellow

Sofia Breitenstein - She is a Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Political Science at the University of Barcelona. She completed a PhD in Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2020). Her main areas of research are: political behavior, public opinion, political attitudes, corruption accountability and experimental methodology.

Camilo Cristancho

Camilo Cristancho

Post-doctoral researcher

Camilo Cristancho - He is a post-doctoral researcher in political science at the University of Barcelona. 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.

Jordi Garcia Muniesa

Jordi Garcia Muniesa

Analyst at Ivàlua

Jordi Garcia Muniesa - Analyst at Ivàlua. He completed a PhD in Political Science and Public Policies at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. 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

Assistant Professor

Sheila González- She holds a PhD in Public Policy and Social Transformation at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Currently she is researcher and assistant professor at the Universitat de Barcelona. Her research interests include public policy analysis and political participation.

Marc Guinjoan

Marc Guinjoan

Associate Professor

Marc Guinjoan-He is an associate professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. He is a 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.

Sabina Monza

Sabina Monza

Researcher

Sabina Monza- Ph.D in Politics, Policies and International Relations (UAB), also holds a master’s degree in Research in Communications and Journalism (UAB). Her research deals with public opinion and political communication, and focuses in particular on opinion formation and attitudes mediated by the mass media.

Jordi Muñoz

Jordi Muñoz

Associate Professor

Jordi Muñoz- He is an associate professor at the University of Barcelona. He had been a postdoctoral researcher (Juan de la Cierva) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and a Phd student at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. His broad research interests are related to political attitudes an behavior.

Roberto Pannico

Roberto Pannico

Beatriu de Pinós Fellow

Roberto Pannico- PhD in Political Science from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and currently a Beatriu de Pinós Fellow at the Department of Political Science of the University of Barcelona. 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 interests include Euroscepticism, party cues, EU politicization, information processing, experiments and research methods.

Roser Rifà

Roser Rifà

PhD Candidate

Roser Rifà-PhD in Political Science from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2017). She holds a master’s degree in Political Science Research (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2011). She is currently working in the Local Public Administration.