about us

Jorge Calero 
Tenured professor of Applied Economics at the University of Barcelona (UB). He was President of the Council of the Educational System Evaluation in 2010-2011, coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Educational Policies (GIPE) and researcher at the Barcelona Institute of Economics (Institut d'Economia de Barcelona). His main research interests are the economics of education, educational policies evaluation, equity issues in education, and economics of the welfare state.

Álvaro Choi de Mendizábal
Álvaro Choi is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Barcelona. Ph.D. in Economics (2009), his main fields of research are the Economics of Education and the evaluation of public policies. Web:

Josep-Oriol Escardíbul Ferrà
Josep-Oriol Escardíbul Ferrá. He is associate professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Barcelona. He has mainly developed his research in the field of Economics of Education & the Evaluation of Education Policies. He has participated in several R+D projects as well as in national and international consultancy. He is President of the Spanish Association of Economics of Education (AEDE).

Mauro Mediavilla Bordalejo
Mauro Mediavilla is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Valencia. Ph.D. in Economics (2011), his main fields of research are the social mobility and equity, the academic achievement and the evaluation of education policies in Spain and Latin American countries.


Xavier Bonal
Is Associate Professor in Sociology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and co-director of the Social Policy Research Group (Seminari d'Anàlisi de Polítiques Socials, SAPS) at the Department of Sociology of the same institution. He is also member of the Network of Experts in Social Sciences and Education (NESSE) of the European Commission. He has widely published in national and international journals and is author of several books on sociology of education, education policy and globalisation, education and development. He has worked as a consultant for international organisations like UNESCO, UNICEF, the European Commmission, and the Council of Europe. Between 2006 and 2010 he was Deputy Ombudsman for Children's Rights at the Office of the Catalan Ombudsman.

Aina Tarabini

Is lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). In 2008 she was awarded a PhD in Sociology for her doctoral thesis: "Education, Poverty and Development: global agendas, national policies, local realities". Her principal research topics are the analysis of the effects of globalisation on education policies and systems (both in northern and southern countries); exploring the relationship between education policies and policies to fight poverty and studying how global agendas and national policies are re-contextualised at the school level.

Antoni Verger
Antoni Verger is Ramón y Cajal and Marie Curie researcher at the Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, funding member of the Globalisation, Education and Social Policies (GEPS) research center, and deputy director of the Erasmus+ master Education Policies for Global Development (GLOBED). A former post-doctoral fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (University of Amsterdam), Dr. Verger research has specialised in the study of the relationship between global governance institutions and education policy, with a focus on the dissemination, enactment and effects of public-private partnerships and quasi-market policies in education. He has coordinated several competitive projects and published extensively on these themes in academic books and journals including Comparative Education Review, Journal of Education Policy, Current Sociology, Review of International Political Economy, Globalisation, Societies and Education, and Comparative Education. Most of these publications can be consulted in his personal sites at and ResearchGate.
Dr. Verger has conducted research for UNESCO, the Global Campaign for Education, Education International and several international aid agencies. In addition, he is a member of the EU Network of Experts on the Social Dimension of Education and Training (NESET II), and of the international advisory board of the Right To Education Project, the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change, the Observatorio de la Educación en Chile and the Catalan Aid Agency. Web:
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Xavier Rambla
Is an Associate Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) since 2001. Formerly, he hold a research training scholarship (1992-95), was a researcher at the Critical Coeducation Programme (UAB Institute of Education, 1994-2000), and a lecturer at University of Vic (1995-2001). Currently, he is researching the global educational agenda and educational development in Latin America as well as educational inequalities and school- choice policy in Spain.

Liliana Gallego-Duque
She is a PhD in Applied Economics (2015) and PhD in Sociology (2014) from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. With post-doctoral fellow at the Brazil for the Programa Nacional de Pós-Doutorado PNPD/CAPES. She has a MA in Applied Economics, MA in Sociology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and She is BA in Economics (Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia). His main research interests are the studies of the well-being, with research lines in the poverty, the inequality, the education, the gender and structural equation modelling.

Oscar Valiente
Is a Consultant at the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation. Formerly, he worked as a research officer at the Fundació BCN FP (Barcelona Foundation for Vocational Education and Training). He was awarded a PhD on Sociology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 2009 for his work on the effects of school choice on equity in education.

Marta Curran 
Marta Curran is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. Since 2011 she has been a member of the Globalization, Education and Social Policies (GEPS) research centre where she has participated in several competitive research projects. At the moment, she is collaborating in a research project on Early School Leaving in Spain. Her main research areas are in education inequalities, related to class and gender and educational policies and programmes. Her doctoral thesis deals with the analysis of how school engagement and students’ expectations are build from a classed and gendered perspective. She has participated in seminars and scholarly visits at the University of Amsterdam, University of Buenos Aires, Harvard University, and the Centre for International Development at the University of Sussex.


Pilar Pineda Herrero
Pilar Pineda holds a Phd in Education since 1994. She holds tenure as professor of Economics of Education and Training in Organizations at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain. Her research areas are: education and work, continuous training, VET, and evaluation of training. She has directed several researches on evaluation of training policies, on evaluation of training results and transfer, and on Tertiary Education. She serves as a consultant for several public and private companies on training management, evaluation and quality. She is the author of five books and more than 20 papers on education and work. (

Xavier Úcar Martínez
Xavier Úcar Martinez. Full Professor of Social Pedagogy at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. He specializes in Social Pedagogy and Design and Evaluation of Community Development Programs. He is president of the Iberoamerican Society of Social Pedagogy (SIPS) . He is co-director of the Collection of books about Community Action of Graó Publishers. He has written more than 100 publications including books, book chapters and journal articles.(

Margarida Massot i Verdú
Professor at the Systematic and Social Pedagogy at the Autonomous University of Barcelon. She is a specialist in adult education and has developed research and training projects in this field. She is currently coordinator of an Oficial Master on Adult Training (UAB-UB). She is also an active member from its very begining of the group Campus per a tothom-Compromís Social (Campus for everyone- Social commitment) of the UAB, which is in charge of fighting for reducing social and educational inequalities and favouring adult people access to the University. She is also a participant in the project of transformation of inclusive schools called Comunitats d'aprenentatge (Learning Communities).

Karla Villaseñor Palma
She is a Doctor in Education from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She is a member of Consulting, Training and Educational Intervention (CCICE) in Puebla, Mexico. She has a Masters degree in Education Research from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a BA in Psychology from the Autonomous University of Puebla (BUAP), Mexico. Currently, she is a professor and researcher at the College of Educational Processes in the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature of the BUAP and belongs to the National System of Researchers (SNI-CONACYT).

Héctor Núñez López
He is a Doctor in Education from the Autonomous University of Barcelona; He is BA in Social Education (University of Santiago de Compostela); BA in Pedagogy and MA in Educational research (Autonomous University of Barcelona). He has been worked in the field of social education and He has been associate profesor at Autonomous University of Barcelona. Currently, he is pre-doctoral researcher at the Departament of Systematic and Social Pedagogy (Autonomous University of Barcelona) and his doctoral research is about Participatory evaluation in the field of community action. He is treasurer of the Iberoamerican Society of Social Pedagogy (SIPS) .

Àngela Janer Hidalgo 
She is a pedagogue and MA in Educational research and Doctor in Education from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. His research is about Social Pedagogy from an international comparative perspective. Also, she collaborated in another researches on evaluation of success features in disadvantaged schools, evaluation of tutoring processes at university and about workplace learning and transfer. She is member of the Iberoamerican Society of Social Pedagogy (SIPS).

Anna Ciraso
She is a professional educator (Università degli Studi di Padova-Italia, 2007) and a pedagogue (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2011). She worked in non-formal education, especially in environmental education; expressive workshops; and in school and families support. As a researcher, she focuses in evaluation research. One of her research areas is life long learning, especially on transfer of learning and teacher training. On the other hand, she dealt with the evaluation of social and socio-educational programs and their results in terms of stakeholders' empowerment.

Alba Castejón 
She is research fellow at the Department of Social and Systematic Pedagogy of Autonomous University of Barcelona. She is currently developing her doctorate in education about students’ grouping, teacher discourses and social inequalities in Catalan secondary education. Her main research interests include educational policy, social inequalities and right to education

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