Margarita León IGOP 2023Margarita León(BA, MA, PhD London School of Economics – Regne Unit, 2000) is Full professor of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma Barcelona (UAB). Between 2010 and 2015 she was a ‘Ramón y Cajal’ Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Government and Public Policies of the same university. From 2003 until 2010 she was lecturer in European social policy, University of Kent. She has been Marie Curie postdoctoral research at the European University Institute in Florence (2001-03) and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at University of Berkeley, California (2018). Her main areas of research are comparative social policy and welfare state reform. She has published in numerous international peer-reviewed scientific journals; co-edited with A. Guillén The Spanish Welfare State in European Context (2011, Ashgate) and edited The Transformation of Care in European Societies (2014, Palgrave). In 2018 she was awarded ICREA ACADEMIA for excellence in research. She is co-chair of the Spanish Network of Social Policy -REPS, Espanet-Spain and Academic Director of Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo-Barcelona (UIMPB)


Comparative social policy, Comparative politics, State of Welfare, Gender



  1. A Margarita León, Manuel Alvariño & Llorenç Soler-Buades (2022) Explaining Morality Policy Coalitions in Spanish Parliamentary Votes: The Interaction of the Church-State Conflict and Territorial Politics,South European Society and Politics, DOI: 10.1080/13608746.2022.2132614
  2. Daly, M., León, M., Pfau-Effinger, B., Ranci, C., & Rostgaard, T. (2022). COVID-19 and policies for care homes in the first wave of the pandemic in European welfare states: Too little, too late? Journal of European Social Policy, 32(1), 48–59.
  3. León, M., Arlotti, M., Palomera, D., & Ranci, C. (2021). Trapped in a Blind Spot: The Covid-19 Crisis in Nursing Homes in Italy and Spain. Social Policy and Society, 1-20. doi:10.1017/S147474642100066X