Verger A


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.

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Tarabini A


Aina Tarabini is doctor in sociology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and senior lecturer in sociology of education at the same university. Since 2002 she is member of GEPS (Globalisation, Education and Social Policy) and since 2005 she is also member of IGEP (Interdiscipliary Group on Education Policies). Her doctoral thesis - finished in 2008- focuses on the analysis of the relations between education, poverty and development from a multiescalar perspective -global, national and local. Since then, the analysis of the relations between education, poverty and inequalities is one of her main areas of study.

Within GEPS, she has participated in numerous competitive research projects and she has published books and articles in prestigious journals both national and international. Likewise, she conducted several research stays in centres such as the Graduate School of Education at Bristol University or the Institute of Education at London University.

She teaches several undergraduate and postgraduate courses related to Sociology of Education, both in the Faculty of Political Sciencies and Sociology and in the Faculty of Education at UAB. In the meanwhile, she supervises students working in her areas of expertise.

Her research is concerned with social inequalities and their educational repercussions at three levels: actors’ subjectivities, educational practices and everyday actions; schools’ practices and pedagogical devices; educational policies and programmes. At the moment she is the principal investigator of the R+D Project: “ABJOVES. Early school leaving in Spain. An analysis of young people’s decisions, motivations and educational strategies" (

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Espluga J


PhD in sociology, and master in occupational health. He is currently senior lecturer at the Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is researcher of the Public Policies and Government Institute (IGOP), member of the Social Policies Analysis Seminar (SAPS), and of the Research Group on Agriculture, Livestock and Food in Globalization (ARAG-UAB).

Formerly he was teaching at the School of Social Work “Red Cross” of Lleida (Universitat de Lleida), and doing research at the National Centre of Working Conditions (Instituto Nacional de Seguridad e Higiene en el Trabajo) of the Spanish Ministry of Work, at the Avedis Donabedian Foundation (Foundation for the Improvement of Health Care), and at the CIREM Foundation (Centre for European Research in the Mediterranean). He was research fellow at the Department of Urban Development at the Università degli Studi di Venezia (Italy), and visiting scholar at the Institute for Studies of Science, Technology and Innovation – ESRC Innogen Centre (University of Edinburgh).

His main research deals with the relationships between health, work, environment and territory, with particular attention to the social perception of technological risks and to the socioenvironmental conflicts. He also researched on social identities and sociolinguistic topics.

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Adelantado J


José Gimeno Adelantado, has a degree in Economics from the University of Barcelona and a PhD in Sociology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Since 1992 is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology of the UAB. He has been principal investigator on several competitive projects with public funding (DIGICYT, AECID). In 1996 launched the SAPS research group (Seminar of Social Policy Analysis, and was its first coordinator); since 2002 is a senior researcher at IGOP (Institute of Government and Public Policy, and has been a member of its board).

He is the editor of the book Cambios en el Estado de Bienestar: políticas sociales y desigualdades en España, Icaria Editorial: Barcelona, 2000) has published several articles in professional and academic journals (Papers, International Journal of Sociology, Journal of Sociology, Journal of European social Policy, Mientras Tanto, Societat Barcelona, Carrer), and is the author of many chapters in books on welfare policies in areas such as pensions, housing, immigration, basic income, social services, and inclusion plans. He has developed teaching and research stays in several foreign centers (National University of Rosario, Argentina (2006), Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo, Brazil (2007), Univerisdad Autónoma Metropolitna (UAM-Xoximilco)-Mexico (2008, where was hired as a visiting professor), Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil (2010).

His main area of interest are the welfare states in Europe and Latin America. His research has focused on various aspects such as formation, content and impact of social policies according to the social structures in Spain, the comparative analysis of welfare states in Europe, and the relationship between democracy and inequality in Latin America.

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Rambla X


Xavier Rambla is Associate Professor of sociology at the Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (ESP), and was lecturer at the Univ. Vic (ESP, 1995-2001). He has led research projects on Education for All in Latin America (2009-2011), as well as on education and anti-poverty policies in the Southern Cone (2006-2008). He has also collaborated in projects on education and social cohesion in Europe (2003-2005), and critical co-educational action- research in several regions in Spain (1995-2000).

As a visiting lecture, Dr. Rambla has taught education, globalisation and inequalities in a number of European and Latin American universities for short periods.

At the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology (UAB), he has been responsible for strategic planning (2006-2008) and the Bachelor's Degree in Sociology (2009-2011), and has convened the mixed commission in charge of creating the students' council (2009-2010).

He has also contributed to connect academic research with professional practitioners by collaborating as a consultant with some civil society organisations.

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Bonal X


Xavier Bonal is Special Professor in Education and International Development at the University of Amsterdam and Associate Professor in Sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He is Director of the Globalisation, Education and Social Policies (GEPS) research group at the Department of Sociology of the UAB and a founding member of the Interdisciplinary Group on Educational Policies.

Professor Bonal has developed competitive research in the areas of education policy, educational inequalities, education and development and the right to education. He has widely published in national and international journals and is author of several books on the referred topics.

Professor Bonal has been member of the Network of Experts of Social Sciences and Education (NESSE) (2006-2010) of the European Commission. He has been consultant for international organisation like the EU Commission, UNICEF, UNESCO and the Council of Europe. Between 2006 and 2010 Xavier Bonal was Deputy Ombudsman for Children’s rights at the Office of the Catalan Ombudsman.

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