Javier Polavieja (Oxford University PhD in Sociology, 2001) is Banco Santander Professor of Sociology at the Department of Social Sciences, University Carlos III of Madrid and Director of the D-Lab. His main fields of research are social stratification, political sociology and migration research. His work has been published in leading international journals including, amongst others, the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, European Sociological Review, Social Forces, Labour Economics, Socio-Economic Review. Electoral Studies, International Migration and Social Indicators Research, as well as in the leading Spanish academic journals in the social sciences.
Professor Polavieja has also made several contributions in edited volumes published, amongst others, by Ashgate, Edward Elgar, Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press, and he is the author of Estables y Precarios: Desregulación Laboral y Estratificación Social en España (Madrid: Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas, 2003). Polavieja has held academic positions at Nuffield College, Oxford, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, the Juan March Institute, the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), the Institute for Economic Analysis (IAE-CSIC), and IMDEA Social Sciences Institute. He has also held honorary affiliations to the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER, University of Essex) and the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (GSE). Professor Polavieja is currently a member of the editorial board of Social Forces, as well as a member of the Scientific Committee of the Carlos III-Juan March Institute of Social Sciences (IC3JM). In 2014, his article “Socially-Embedded Investments: Explaining Gender Differences in Job-Specific Skills”, American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 118, No. 3, pp. 592-634, won the European Academy of Sociology Best Paper Award, as well as the Robert K. Merton Award in Analytical Sociology. In 2015 Polavieja was appointed Fellow of the European Academy of Sociology.