The proposal for the Study of Doctorate (SD) in Public Policies and Social Transformation emerged in 2008 to cover a need for professional specialization evident in our institutional and social environment, both in the public and private sphere.

Beginning in 2014-2015, the SD in Public Policies and Social Transformation joins the SD in Political Science and International Relations to give rise to an SD in Politics, Policies and International Relations. Within the same two specific lines of research are maintained that connect directly with the IGOP and its doctorate: 1 / Analysis, management and evaluation of public policies and 2 / Social and urban policies.

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Planned seminars: PhD Seminars PPIR

Doctoral theses presented: IGOP 2009-2015

Lines of Research

01 Analysis, management and evaluation of public policies

Potencial Phd Supervisors: Xavier Ballart Hernández, Raquel Gallego Calderón

  • Public policy analysis
  • Public policy evaluation
  • Public policy and public management
  • Innovation in the public sector
  • Decentralization and sub-national governments


02 Social and urban policies

Potencial Phd supervisors:  Ismael Blanco,  Margarita LeónMarc ParésJoan SubiratsRicard Gomà and Mayo Fuster

  • Networks of urban governance
  • Urban policies
  • Comparative Social policy
  • Politics of welfare reform
  • Democratic innovation
  • Internet and politics 2.0
  • Territoriality, collective identities and society
03 Democracy, elites, political parties and citizenship

Directors of thesis: Eva Anduiza PereaJoan Botella CorralEva Ostergaard-NielsenGuillem RicoDani MarinovaMarc GuinjoanAgustí Bosch

  • Stability and change in political attitudes,
  • Political behaviour, protests, digital media,
  • Political parties, party and governmental elites
  • Political communication
  • National identity
  • Migration and transnational politics