Ricard Zapata-Barrero

Head of the Spanish Research Team


Ricard Zapata-Barrero (ricard.zapata@upf.edu) is associate professor of political theory at the Department of Political and Social Sciences. His main lines of research deal with contemporary issues of liberal democracy in contexts of diversity, especially the relationship between democracy, citizenship and immigration.

He is Director of the GRITIM (Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration) and the Master Programme on immigration management at UPF. He is currently working on dif¬ferent lines of research related to Borders and Diversity: the link between two types of cultural pluralisms: immigration and minority nations, an ethics of migration politics, the political theory of borders, the regional euromediterranean politics of immigration, the diversity accommodation policies and the intercultural approach.

He is a Partner of the recently funded EU 7th Framework, 18-country ACCEPT project: Tolerance, Pluralism and Social Cohesion: Responding to the Challenges of the 21st Century in Europe (7th Framework Programme, European Commission) and main researcher in Project Fronteras, funded by the Ministry of Innovation and Science. He regularly contributes to media and has served on a number of commissions and government committees.

Books in 2009 include: The Muhammad Cartoons controversy in comparative perspective, L. E. Lindkilde, P. Mouritsen and R. Zapata-Barrero (Special issue in Ethnicities, Sage Publications, Vol. 9 nº 3), (ed.) Immigration and self-government of minority nations (Peter Lang editor, Col. Diversitas), Citizenship policies in the age of diversity (Barcelona: Cidob Foundation), (ed.) Políticas y gobernabilidad de la Inmigración en España(Barcelona: Ariel), Fundamentos de los discursos políticos en torno a la inmigración (Madrid: Trotta).

Further information: http://dcpis.upf.edu/~ricard-zapata/

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Project Coordinator:
Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou,
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (European University Institute)

Funded by: the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme, Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities

Duration: 1 March 2010-31 May 2013

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