The following people configure the team in charge of the Spanish case:

Margarita León Borja (
She is 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 (Ashgate, 2011) and edited The Transformation of Care in European Societies (Palgrave, 2014). Her more recent publications include: León, M. & Pavolini, E. (2014) “Social Investment or back to Familialism? The impact of the economic crisis on family policies in Southern Europe” South European Society and Politics; Pavolini, E.; León, M.; Guillén, A.M. & Ascoli, U. (2014) “From Austerity to Strain: welfare state reform in Italy and Spain” Comparative European Politics; León, M. (2013) “A real job? Regulating household work. The case of Spain European Journal of Women Studies Vol.20 (2): 170-188. Margarita’s research interests include comparative welfare research, with a specific focus on processes of reform of welfare systems in Europe (Southern Europe in particular) according to social structure, labour markets and design and implementation of social policy. Her current lines of research look at the relationship between the social organisation of care and migration; early years education and care from the perspective of social investment; and the impact of the economic crisis on Spanish welfare and social systems. She is a board member of the European Social Policy Network (ESPAnet) and the Spanish Network of Social Policy (ESPAnet-Spain).

Zyab Ibáñez Garzarán
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. Currently, he is a researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, and recent publications include: (2011)“Part-time: beyond second best? Access to part-time employment in The Netherlands and the UK, cases: education and local government.” Time & Society 20 (2) 171-196; (2011) “Spanish Part-time: An Example of How the ´Temporality Culture´ Hampers Flexi-curity” in Guillen and Leon The Spanish Welfare State in the European Context (Ashgate, 2011); (2011) “Options for skilled part-time” in Drobnic and Guillen (2011) Job quality and tensions between work and private life (Palgrave, 2011); Ibáñez Z. & Molina O. (2013) “Políticas de empleo en la UE: respuestas nacionales y europea a la crisis”, Anuario de trabajo y relaciones laborales, Volumen 1, 2013 Institut d’Estudis del Treball. Barcelona; Ibáñez Z. & León, M. (2013) “Resisting the crisis at what cost? Migrant care workers in private households” in Anderson, B. and Shutes, I. Care and Migrant Labour: Theory, Policy and Politics (Palgrave, 2013).

Míriam Acebillo Baqué
Currently in her last doctoral year, her PhD deals with migrant collectives’ agency in transnational activities. MA in Governance and Development at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK. Master of Strategies, Policy and Agents in Development Aid, HEGOA Institute, University of the Basque Country and Postgraduate in Peace Culture at the School of Peace Culture of the UAB. She has been involved in a range of research projects dealing with the relationship between local governments and civil society, local and participatory development, aid development and peace discourses and public policies, migrant transnational engagement and codevelopment. She has participated in international conferences such as the International RC21 Conference 2011 and published collective papers in internationally refereed journals. This include Population, Space and Place (“Migration and the local transformation of overseas development aid: An analysis of migrants’ access to ODA funds in Catalonia”, forthcoming), Journal of International Development (“Exploring Accountability discourses and Practices in the Spanish Aid System”, 2011) or Habitat International (“Scrutinizing the link between participatory governance and urban environment management. The experience in Arequipa during 2003-2006”, 2011).

Ramon Canal Oliveras
He holds Masters degrees in Political Science and in University Management from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), where he graduated with honors. He also studied political science, public law and economics at the University of Freiburg (Germany). He served for twelve years in the City Council of Manresa (Catalonia, Spain) before returning to the UAB as research coordinator of the Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP). He has taken part in research projects and publications on public policy, public management and local government.

Eva Østergaard-Nielsen (project's internal advisor)
She is Associate Professor of the Department of Political Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She holds degrees in Anthropology and Political Science from Copenhagen University and a PhD in Politics from University of Oxford/ St. Antony’s College. Prior to her current appointment, she held an ESRC financed post-doc at the London School of Economics. Eva’s research interests include the politics of migration in both receiving and sending countries, transnational networks and forms of political participation and citizenship by migrants and various types of non-state actors. Her most recent research project deals with political parties and the transnational electoral dynamics of external citizenship in Spain, Italy, France and Romania. Her publications include, Transnational Politics: Turks and Kurds in Germany (Routledge, 2003) and International Migration and Sending Countries (Palgrave, 2003), as well as numerous chapters in edited volumes and refereed articles in journals such as Global Networks, International Migration Review, International Journal of Regional and Urban Studies and Ethnic and Racial Studies.  Her most recent publication is ‘Migration and the local transformation of overseas development aid’ (forthcoming, with Míriam Acebillo-Baqué) in Population Space and Place. Eva is a member of the editorial boards of Migration Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and the IMISCOE Research Series.

Project partners:
IPRS (Project coordinator), Italy
CJD, Germany
VU, Netherlands
UAB, Spain
University College London, United Kingdom
Associate partners:
OZHE, Albania
UMP, Morocco
Comune RE, Italy
Associazione Stranieri Lavoratori in Italia, Italy
Marie Curie University, Poland
North German Union of Islamic Communities, Germany

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