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 both competitive research projects (calls essentially driven by the European Commission, the Government of Spain or the government of the Generalitat of Catalonia) and applied research project, through agreements or specific assignments of public institutions and social organizations.

We have a broad agenda of research, mainly focused on the study of the activities of public authorities and their relations with stakeholders. Currently our research areas are grouped from 3 major areas:

  • Governance and democratic innovation
  • Analysis and public policy management
  • New technologies, social networks and common goods


However, our current research agenda is structured along our two formally constituted and recognized research groups:

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


AGAPP (Analysis, Management and Evaluation of Public Policy)(http://www.agapp.cat/)

Beyond the generic analysis of public policies, we have focused the attention of our research in the following aspects:

– New governance and deliberative administration

– Innovation and Public Policy

– Strengthening Democracy and regeneration of public institutions

– Construction of a cohesive society


URGOCIS (Urban Governance, Commons, Internet and Social Innovation)

In a context that we have defined as a true change of era, we have focused the research agenda both in the study of this change and in the responses articulated by institutions and by society in order to adapt to the new situation. In particular, priority lines of research are currently:

– Urban regeneration policies: neighborhoods in crisis and territorial segregation

– Internet and its impact on the emergence of a new politics

– Commons and social innovation capacity



PhD Program

From the 2014-2015 academic year, our PhD program in Public Policy and Social Transformation joins the PhD in Political Science and International Relations to give rise to a new program in Politics, Policies and International Relations. Within it, there are two specific lines of research that are directly related to the IGOP and its doctorate: 1 / Analysis, management and evaluation of public policies and 2 / Social and urban policies: 1 / Analysis, management and evaluation of public policies and 2 / 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.

We have generated research on very diverse policy fields (education, social cohesion, water, environment, gender, consumption or health) and we have discussed concepts also very diverse (capacity for innovation, governance, citizen participation, new public management, joined-up governance or new technologies).

Network of relationships

To achieve the goals of promoting research, training and social transfer, the IGOP is part of several networks:

Grupo de Trabalho Clacso: Espaços Deliberativos e Governança Pública (GEGOP)

Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO)
A prestigious institution of which the IGOP is the third member of Europe, the second in Spain and the first in Catalonia.

CORE Smart Cities
Xarxa CORE Ciutats intel·ligents i sostenibles
Network integrated by scientific specialists in areas related to the management of urban environments in a sustainable way.


Grupo de Investigación en Gobierno, Administración y Políticas Públicas (GIGAPP)

Barcelona GOV
Network of research and advanced training centers in government and public policies in Barcelona.


and administration


Ismael Blanco Director IGOP
Ismael Blanco (ismael.blanco@uab.cat)

PhD Coordinador:

Margarita León
Margarita León (margarita.leon@uab.cat)

School IGOP Coordination:

Ernesto Morales
Ernesto Morales (ernesto.morales@uab.cat)


Ismael Blanco
Ismael Blanco (ismael.blanco@uab.cat)

Research Coordination:

Charlotte Fernandez
Charlotte Fernández Plé (charlotte.fernandez@uab.cat)

Design and communication:

Jaume Badosa
Jaume Badosa (jaume.badosa@uab.cat)


Social exclusion and inclusion policies:

Margarita León
Marga León (margarita.leon@uab.cat)

Participation and Social Movements:

Marc Parés
Marc Parés (marc.pares@uab.cat)

Urban Policies:

Ismael Blanco
Ismael Blanco (ismael.blanco@uab.cat)

Public Management:

Xavier Ballart
Xavier Ballart (xavier.ballart@uab.cat)

Raquel Gallego
Raquel Gallego (raquel.gallego@uab.cat)

Multilevel governance and welfare policies. Health, education, social services:

Raquel Gallego
Raquel Gallego (raquel.gallego@uab.cat)

Financial Management and administration


Ana Medina IGOP
Ana Medina (ana.medina@uab.cat)


Dolores Martínez
(UAB) Dolores Martínez (dolors.martinez-quintanilla@uab.cat)

(UAB) Manu Pérez (Manuel.Perez.Sala@uab.cat)

School IGOP

Núria Reguero
Núria Reguero (igop.bcn@uab.cat)

Laura Capdevila
Laura Capdevila
(Master Coordinator),