Joan Font Fàbregas

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    Joan Font is research professor at the Institute of Advanced Social Studies (IESA-CSIC), that he directed from July 2013 to June 2017. He has also been Research director at CIS (Survey Research Centre, Madrid, 2005-2008) and senior lecturer in Political Science, Deputy Dean and PhD program director at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), from 1989 to 2004. He earned his PhD at the UAB (1993) and his MA (Political Science, 1991) at the University of Michigan. He has also been involved in teaching in Master and PhD programs of different Spanish and Latin American universities and has spent visiting periods at the European University Institute and the University College, Dublin.

    His research interests involve any of the different ways public administrations have to know citizen preferences, including elections, surveys, local participation processes, citizen juries, deliberative polls, referendums or advisory councils. Why these institutions emerge, their advantages and disadvantages and their effects form the center of his research agenda. 

    He has published in journals like European Journal of Political Research, Public Administration or International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. His books include Font, J, della Porta, D and Sintomer, Y (eds) (2014): Participatory democracy in Southern Europe: causes, characteristics and consequences, Plymouth: Rowman and Littlefield or Font, J and Méndez, M (eds) (2013): Surveying ethnic minorities and immigrant populations: methodological challenges and research strategies, Amsterdam University Press Research series, Amsterdam.

    He has extensively participated in competitive and applied research projects, including projects for Open Society Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank  or Oxfam, as well as grants from the European Science Foundation or EU funded projects (VI Framework Program, H2020).

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