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Associate Fellows

Associate fellows of the lab are academics from institutions both within UC3M and further afield who are collaborating with lab researchers on specific research projects and/or academic activities 


Fernando Aguiar (PhD Philosophy UNED 1991) is a researcher at the CSIC Philosophy Institute (IFS-CSIC). He has been editor-in-chief of the Revista Internacional de Sociología, Chairman of the Analytical Sociology Group, and one of 
the founding members of the Spanish Association of Experimental Philosophy.  His research interests cover experimental ethics, political philosophy, moral disgust, and social identity. He has published on these topics in the European Journal of Sociology, Judgment and Decision Making, Experimental Economics, Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Journal of Methodological Economics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Science and Engineering Ethics, among others.

Jesús Fernández-Huertas (PhD Economics, Columbia University, 2007) is Associated Professor at the Department of Economics, University Carlos III of Madrid. His research focuses on the study of international migration from an economic point of view. He has analyzed the causes of migration flows both from a theoretical and empirical perspective, and also its consequences, with a focus on residential segregation. He is additionally interested on the coordination of migration policies between countries, particularly asylum policies. His most widely cited publications have appeared at the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Development Economics. He is a research fellow at the IAE (CSIC), IZA and CReAM.

Gema García-Albacete (PhD Political Science, University of Mannheim 2011) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Sciences of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Her research relates to citizens’ inequalities in political interest, knowledge and political participation across Western democracies. Her current work focuses on two main topics: political engagement among young people and persistent gender gaps in political attitudes and behaviors. Her work has been published in journals such as Politics & Gender, the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Information, Communication and Society or the American Behavioral Scientist, among others. One of her current projects concentrates on the development of political interest among young people with immigrant background.


Johanna Gereke (PhD Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, 2016) is a post-doctoral fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) in Germany. Previously she held a postdoctoral position at the Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy at Bocconi University. Her current research focuses on intergroup relations, discrimination, migration and cooperation in contemporary societies. Her research uses a range of experimental methods, including original field, lab  and survey experiments. Her work has been published in Journal of Experimental Political Science and PLOS ONE.

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Francisco Herreros (PhD Political Science, UCM-Juan March Institute, 2002) is Senior Researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid. He has been Fernard Braudel Senior Research Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence), Santander Fellow at St. Antony’s College and Visiting Fellow at All Souls College (University of Oxford). His research interest include trust and social capital, especially the role of institutions in the development of interpersonal trust, and political violence. He has published, amongst others, in Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Rationality and Society, Political Studies, Politics and Society, Explorations in Economic History and Economic History Review; and he is the author of The Problem of Forming Social Capital: Why Trust? (Palgrave, 2008).

Irena Kogan (PhD Sociology, University of Mannheim, 2005) holds a chair in comparative sociology at the University of Mannheim. Her main interests are in the areas of social inequality, migration sociology and life-course research. Professor Kogan is the author of a number of articles in renowned international journals, including European Sociological Review, Social Forces, Social Science Research, International Migration Review, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Acta Sociologica, and others. She is also Board member and Secretary-Treasurer of the European Consortium for Social Research (ECSR), member of the European Academy of Sociology, an associate editor of the European Sociological Review. Kogan is currently participating in the NewAir project.

Andreas Kotsadam (PhD Economics, University of  Göteborg, 2011) is Senior researcher at The Frisch Centre and Affiliated researcher at the Department of Economics at the University of Oslo. His main research interests are behavioral economics, development issues, and inequality. His work has been published/is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, the European Economic Review, the European Sociological Review, Social Forces, Social Science Research, the European Journal of Political Research, and the Journal of European Social Policy, amonts others. Kotsadam co-directs the project “Sustaining the welfare and working life model in a diversified society” funded by the Norwegian Science Foundations andcollaborates with the PI in studying the impact of ancestry culture.

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Sebastián Lavezzolo (PhD Politics, New York University, 2014) is Assistant Professor at the Social Sciences Department of the Carlos III University of Madrid and member of the Carlos III-Juan March Institute. Previously he was postdoctoral research at the Institute of Political Economy and Governance (IPEG) in Barcelona. His research interests lie in the field of comparative political economy, with a particular focus on the relationship between politics and finance. Other fields of research he is working in are political behavior, political representation and historical political economy. He has experience in using experimental research methods, particularly conjoint analysis. His work has been published in the European Journal of Political Research, West European Politics, Economic Systems, European Political Science Review, Comparative Migration Studies, the Journal of Business research among others.

Luigi Minale (PhD Economics, University College London) is an Assistant Professor at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He is also Research Fellow at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) in London and Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn. He is an applied economist with research interests in Labour Economics, Migration, Development and Political Economy. His current work addresses questions in three topic areas: the first has to do with the microeconomic determinants of migration decisions in developing countries; the second is related to the labour market integration of refugees; and the third has to do with the role of media in shaping individuals’ beliefs, perceptions and behaviours.


José Antonio Noguera (PhD Sociology, UAB, 1998) is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and Director of the Analytical Sociology and Institutional Design Group (GSADI). His empirical research is currently focused on tax compliance, social influence dynamics, prosocial motivations, and the feasibility of universal welfare policies such as basic income. His most recent work has appeared in PlosOne, Revista Española de Ciencia Política, Journal of Law and Society, Revue Française de Sociologie, Advances in Complex Systems and Revista Internacional de Sociología, amongst others. He has been a visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Irene Pañeda Fernández (PhD Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, 2022) is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) in Germany. Her research interests lie in the broad themes of inequality and migration. Within the first theme, she focuses on understanding when and why people come to tolerate or oppose income inequality. Within the second, she works on understanding the determinants of migration aspirations as well as attitudes toward immigrants and refugees. Her research relies on experimental or quasi-experimental designs for causal inference and she has experience working with a combination of geo-spatial data, large scale original and secondary surveys, as well as survey and online experiments. Her work has been published in the European Sociological Review.

Lucinda Platt (PhD Sociology, University of Oxford, 2001) is Professor of Social Policy and Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research focuses on ethnicity and immigration, including labour market and income inequalities and identity, and on child poverty and wellbeing, including child disability. She is the author of five books and has published intensively in specialized journals, such as, amongst others, Social Forces, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, Population Trends, Sociology and the Journal of Social Policy. She specialises not only in the analysis but also the development of large-scale longitudinal surveys: she was, till 2013, Director of the UK’s Millennium Cohort Study; and she is co-investigator with responsibility for ethnicity on Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study. Platt is currently participating in the NewAir project.

Leire Salazar (PhD in Sociology, University of Oxford) is an Associate Professor in social stratification at the Department of Sociology II (Social Stratification) at UNED, Madrid. Her main research interests are in the areas of social and economic inequalities, education, perinatal health and demography. She has published in journals such as European Sociological Review, Acta Sociologica, Social Science & Medicine or American Journal of Sociology. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Social Observatory of “la Caixa” Foundation.

Jan Stuhler (PhD Economics, University College London) is  an Associate Professor at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and further affiliated with the Swedish Institute for Social Research in Stockholm, the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration and Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, and the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn. His fields of interest are Labour Economics and Applied Economics, especially on the topics Migration and Intergenerational Mobility. His work has been published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Economic Journal, and Journal of Human Resources, amongst others.

Susanne Veit (PhD Psychology, Free University of Berlin, 2014) is a senior research fellow in the research unit 'Migration, Integration, Transnationalization' at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) in Germany. Currently she is also a fellow of the GEMM project (Work Package 3). At the WZB, she is heading two projects, one focusing on the relation between ‘migration and work’ and the other one focusing on the relation between populism and anti-immigrant attitudes. Her research interests include intergroup dynamics, prejudice and discrimination, ethnic hierarchies, and the consequences of ethnic heterogeneity for social cohesion. She is experienced in quantitative methods, with particular emphasis on (field) experiments.tion.


Eva Zschirnt (PhD in science humaines et sociales – migrations, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland) has been a Max Weber post-doctoral fellow at the European University Institute in Florence from 2018-2020 and is joining the School of Human and Social Sciences at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal in Germany as a post-doctoral fellow in September 2020. Her research focuses on the field of migration policy, and particularly on the integration and discrimination of immigrants and their children. She has experience in using experimental research methods (particularly field experiments on discrimination research). Her work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, the Journal of International Migration and Integration, and Research Ethics. 

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