Origin and goals

The Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP) is a research centre of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), where it is based. Its origins are to be found in the Policy Analysis Team, recognized as research group since 1990. It got accredited as special research centre in 2002 and four years later obtained the official recognition as research institute of the UAB.

The IGOP was created with the aim of promoting research, training and dissemination in the fields of government and public policies. This was to be done from an interdisciplinary approach and, above all, with the capacity to combine academic excellence with social impact.

These two goals are fully reflected in their activities: Research and Training.


We develop competitive research (promoted by the European Commission with Horizon Europe, by the Government of Spain -several calls from the State Research Agency-, by the Government of the Generalitat of Catalonia as well as by private entities) such as applied research, through agreements or specific assignments with various institutions and entities

We have a broad research agenda, mostly focused on the analysis of various social problems and public policy responses.

Our research is grouped under the following thematic sub-axes:

  • Socio-Spatial Inequality and Urban Policies.
  • Social Inequality and Welfare State Reforms.
  • Urban collective action, right to the city and proximity policies.
  • Public administration and citizenship.


The IGOP currently brings together its research in the Research Group recognised by the Generalitat de Catalunya: i-GOP Study Group on Innovation, Governance and Public Policy (SGR 2021).

Given the interdisciplinary character of the institute, the IGOP also has connections with the following SGrs and research groups:

  • Democracy, Elections and Citizenship [ DEC]
  • Transnational Relations, Democratisation and Migration [ TRANSDEM ]
  • Globalisation, Education and Social Policies [ GEPS]


Previously the IGOP has had 2 SGRs funded by AGAUR (2017-2021):

  • URGOCIS (Urban Governance, Commons, Internet and Social Innovation) (http://www.urgocis.net/)


More info? Check out our section “IGOP Research


PhD Program

Since the 2014-2015 academic year, we have been participating in the doctoral program Politics, Policies and International Relations. Within it, there are two specific lines of research that connect directly with the IGOP and its doctorate: 1 / Analysis, management and evaluation of public policiesand2 / Social and urban policies.

For more information and to apply for admission, contact the doctorate in Politics, Policies and International Relations directly (web http://ppir.uab.cat).


Master’s degrees and postgraduate studies

We share a PhD Program as well as several master’s degrees, postgraduate studies and training activities. The doctorate is specifically aimed at academic excellence, while the other programs, without sacrificing quality, are aimed more directly at the professional world, with the aim of facilitating a strong relationship between the university world and its socioeconomic environment.


Research Agenda

To achieve the objectives of promoting research and training and social transfer, IGOP has built an extensive research agenda, which ultimately makes it one of the reference centres in the field of social sciences.

In recent years, our research areas have brought together projects on public policies and social reality from different perspectives: inequalities, social cohesion, minimum income, urban segregation, housing, community action, childhood, education, intersectionality, cooperation, solidarity, social and institutional innovation.

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