Curriculum Vitae

Research interests 

  • Critical Political Economy
  • Crisis and resistance by social and labour movements
  • Welfare state restructuring
  • State theory
  • Critical social theory


Full Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 

September 2020-Current 

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 

January 2016-August 2020

Assistant Professor, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (Spain) 

February 2011-December 2016

Teaching fellow, Department of Politics, University of York (UK) 

September 2007-June 2010


PhD Politics  

2006-2010, Department of Politics, University of York  

  • Thesis Title: ‘Solidarity, global restructuring and deregulation: the Liverpool Dockers’ Dispute: 1995-98’ 

MA Political Research – Comparative Politics 

October 2005 – September 2006, Department of Politics, University of York 

BA in Politics with Educational Studies (2:1) 

October 2001-July 2004, University of York 

Cert He in Politics (with distinction) 

September 2000- June 2001, Ruskin College, Oxford 


(2018) Beyond Defeat and Austerity: Disrupting (the Critical Political Economy of) Neoliberal Europe. Routledge, RIPE Series in Global Political Economy. (with Bailey, D., Huke, N., and Ribera-Almandoz, O.) Now out in paperback (December 2019).

(2012) El impacto de la crisis en las familias y en la infancia. Barcelona: Editorial Ariel. (edited volume with Navarro, V.)

Journal articles (peer reviewed)

(2020) “Health Movements in the Age of Austerity: Rescaling Resistance in Spain and the United Kingdom” Critical Public Health (with Ribera-Almandoz, O.)

(2020) “Anti-austerity between militant materialism and real democracy: exploring pragmatic prefigurativism”, Globalizations, (with Ribera-Almandoz, O., Huke, N., and Bailey, D.) 

(2018) “Challenging the age of austerity: disruptive agency during the European crisis” Comparative European Politics (with Bailey, D., Huke, N., Ribera-Almandoz, O. and Rogers, K.)  

(2015) “Disrupting the European Crisis: a Critical Political Economy of Contestation, Subversion and Escape” New Political Economy, 20: 5, pp. 725-751. (with Huke, N. and Bailey, D.) 

(2014) “Analysing Labour and the Crisis: Challenges, Responses and New Avenues” Global Labour Journal, vol. 5, issue 2. (with Horn, L.) 

(2011) “Infancia y exclusión social en España: realidades y retos a partir de la crisis” Zerbitzuan, vol. 50, pp. 71-84.  (with Sesé i Ballart, A. and Tur i Tur, M.)

Book chapters (peer reviewed)

(2021) “Real Democracy in a time of Corona-Crisis Capitalism” In Regelmann, A. (ed.) The Crisis and the Future of Democracy. Brussels: Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. 

(2020) “Struggle, resistance and disruption in Europe” In Hamed Hosseini, S.A., Goodman, J., Motta, S. and Gill B.K. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Transformative Global Studies (with Huke, N., Bailey, D. and Ribera-Almandoz, O.). Routledge. 

(2018) “From the squares to the ballot boxes: understanding the unfolding of Spain’s political crisis” In Parker, O. and Tsarouhas, D. (eds.) Crisis in Southern Europe: Contemporary Political Economy in Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. 

(2017) “Authoritarian neoliberalism and the disciplining of labour” In Tansel, C. B. (ed.) States of Discipline. Authoritarian Neoliberalism and the Crises of Capitalism. Rowman & Littlefield International. (with Ribera-Almandoz, O.) 

(2015) “Tracing the competitiveness discourse in Spain: social dumping in disguise?” In Bernaciak, M. (ed.) Social dumping: political catchphrase or threat to labour standards? Routledge, Routledge Advances in European Politics.  

(2015) “Labour and the crisis in Europe” In Jäger, J. and Springler, E. Asymmetric Crisis in Europe and Possible Futures: Critical Political Economy and Post-Keynesian Perspectives. Routledge, RIPE Series in Global Political Economy. (with Horn, L.) 

(2015) “Precariedad y clase social: re-leyendo a E. P. Thompson en un contexo de crisis”. In Arribas, S. y Gómez, A. Precariedad, vida dañada y vulnerabilidad en la era de la austeridad. Barcelona: Artefakte.  

(2012) “Situación y respuestas desde las administraciones públicas y el tercer sector a la infancia en riesgo de exclusión social a partir de la crisis” In Clua-Losada, M. and Navarro, V. (eds.) (2012) El impacto de la crisis en las familias y en la infancia. Barcelona: Editorial Ariel. (with Sesé, A.) 

(2011) “La renta básica en la agenda política: la experiencia catalana (2001-2006)” En Casassas, D. y Raventós, D. (eds.) La Renta Básica en la Era de las Grandes Desigualdades. Editorial Montesinos.

Other research publications (non-peer reviewed)

(2019) “Authoritarian Neoliberalism and Self-Determination” in Bernat, I. and Whyte, D. (eds.) Building a New Catalonia. Self-determination and Emancipation. Barcelona: Pol·len Edicions. – also translated into Catalan. 

(2018) “Disrupting European authoritarianism: Grassroots organizing, collective action and participatory democracy during the Eurozone crisis” Amsterdam: Transnational Institute. (with Bailey, D., Huke, N., Ribera-Almandoz, O. and Lux, J.) – also translated into Spanish 

(2012) “L’estat del benestar avui: Catalunya i Espanya.” Societat Catalana 2012. Barcelona: Institut d’Estudis Catalans.  

(2012) “30 anys de polítiques socials a Catalunya (1980-2010): inversión pública, estat del benestar, canvis de model i reptes polítics” Unicef-Catalunya.

Research impact and dissemination – media appearances

Op-Ed in ARA (December 2019, appeared in print version of the newspaper on 27th December) “L’autoritarisme neoliberal i la derrota de Corbyn” 

Blog Post (November 2019) “Stand up for Catalonia: A feminist perspective on political repression” (co-authored with Tània Verge) published by the Gender Politics blog at the University of Edinburgh (UK)

Article in The Conversation (November 2019, reprinted in many technology blogs and magazines) “The future of protest is high tech – just look at the Catalan independence movement” (co-authored with David Bailey) 

Article in The Conversation (May 2019, reprinted in over 30 newspapers) “Spanish voters rebuff radical right – for now”

Interview in Bloomberg (April 2019) “Spain’s Election Forecast: More Fragmentation. A Q&A with Monica Clua-Losada”

Article in The Conversation (October 2017, reprinted in 40 newspapers including The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, etc.)“Catalonia’s referendum unmasks authoritarianism in Spain”

Two-part radio documentary/interview (March 2017) on the Spanish dockworkers strike of 2017. On Spanish National Radio (English Broadcasting Services). Part I: Part II: 

Blog Post (May 2015) “Building a different future out a crisis of housing”. Published by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI)

Blog Post (February 2015) “Unsere Zukunft Gestalten – Die Spanische Bewegung Gegen Zwangsräumungen” (translated by Lukas Orbendorfer). Published by Mosaik. Politik neu Zusammensetzen

Blog Post (November 2014) “The Catalan Democratic Rebellion”. Published by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI)

Spanish Radio interview (December 2012): 

Catalan TV interview (November 2012):

Administrative and professional experience

Series editor (with Bieler, A., Morton, A.D., Bryant, G. and Wigger, A.). Progress in Political Economy – Manchester University Press. (2020 – ongoing) 

Graduate Program Director, MA in Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (2017-2018, 2019-2020) 

Co-Director of the MA in Public and Social Policy, UPF-IDEC, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University (from 2013-ongoing) 

Chair of the Critical Political Economy Research Network of the European Sociological Association (2015-2017) 

Vice-Chair of the Critical Political Economy Research Network of the European Sociological Association (2013-2015) 

Secretary of the Critical Political Economy Research Network of the European Sociological Association (2011-2013) 

Co-Director of the Social Observatory of Spain (from 2012-2015) 

Executive Committee of the Johns Hopkins-Universitat Pompeu Fabra Public Policy Center (from 2014-ongoing) 

Academic coordinator of the Bachelor degree in Criminology and Public Policy at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (2011-2015) 

Expert advisor to Unicef-Catalonia 

Expert advisor to the Youth Research Observatory of the Catalan Government

Research funding

Economic and Social Research Council (UK) “Research seminars competition 2013-2014” Project Title: “Understanding the post-crisis landscape: assessing change in economic management, welfare, work and democracy”, code: ES/M002209/1. Principal Investigator: Dr Paul Lewis (University of Birmingham). Co-investigators: Dr Mònica Clua-Losada, Dr David Bailey, Professor Jason Heyes, Dr Anastasia Nesvetailova, Professor Magnus Ryner.

Working Group on Political Science. Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca. Generalitat de Catalunya (AGAUR). Principal Investigator: Javier Astudillo Ruiz. Co-investigators: Francesc Pallarès Porta, Klaus-Jürgen Nagel, Ferran Requejo Coll, Mariona Ferrer Fons, Vicente Navarro López, Javier Arregui Moreno, Anastassia Obydenkova, Mònica Clua Losada, Gregor Adam Holesch. 2014 SGR 681. 2014-2016.

“The Implementation Process of the European Union Legislation in Spain”. Research Project (CSO2012-35554). Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad del Gobierno de España. Principal Investigator: Javier Arregui. Co-investigators: Andrea Noferini, Mònica Clua-Losada, Robert Thomson. 2013-2016.

“Research Group of the University of Pompeu Fabra”. Research Project 2009 (SGR1052). Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca. Generalitat de Catalunya (AGAUR). Principal investigator: Ferrán Requejo. Co-investigators: Javier Arregui, Javier Astudillo, Joan Benach, Gosta Esping-Andersen, Jordi Gui, Pere Jódar, Jacint Jordana, Ignacio Lago, Vicenç Navarro, Pere Notó, Francesc Pallarés, Magí Panyellas, Carles Ramió, Feran Requejo, Miquel Salvador, David Sancho, Sebastià Sarasa, Mariano Torcal, Ricard Zapata. 2009-2013.

“Santander Research Mobility Award”. Joint award with Dr Owen Parker, University of Sheffield.

“Inequality and youth political participation in Catalonia. A quantitative and qualitative approach in a context of crisis.” 1 year research project. Principal investigator: Mònica Clua-Losada. Funded by the Youth Agency of the Catalan Government, code: AJOVE12.

“Social exclusion and children in Spain during the crisis”. 1 year research project. Principal Investigator: Professor Vicenç Navarro. Funded by the Obra Social La Caixa.

Comença. Awarded by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra as a start up grant for my own research.

Conference presentations

  • Historical Materialism Barcelona “Marx and the Surplus Population”, Barcelona, June 2019. 
  • Council of European Studies “The left and the Catalan sovereign movement”, Madrid, June 2019. 
  • Caucus for a New Political Science (CNPS), “The Streets will always be ours. The long Catalan Winter of Discontent”, South Padre Island, February 2019. 
  • European Sociological Association – (Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities, “Where are the Workers? Understanding forms of resistance to the crisis in Spain” (co-authored with Olatz Ribera-Almandoz, Albert Jiménez, Ramon Alós, Jordi Guiu and Pere Jódar), Athens, Greece, August 2017. 
  • European Sociological Association, “Beyond Defeat and Austerity: Disrupting (the Critical Political Economy of) Neoliberal Europe” (co-authored with David Bailey, Nikolai Huke and Olatz Ribera-Almandoz), Athens, Greece, August 2017. 
  • Caucus for a New Political Science (CNPS), 50th Anniversary Conference, “Austerity, Hegemony, and the Common: Debating Left Strategy on the European Periphery” (co-authored with Nicholas Kiersey), South Padre Island, February 2016. 
  • Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute Annual Conference “Authoritarian neoliberalism and the disciplining of labour” University of Sheffield, July 2016. 
  • Economic and Social Research Council (UK) Seminar Series “Countering the isolation-effect in Spain: pedagogies of hope and struggle within the Platform of People Affected by Mortgages (PAH)” King’s College, London, June 2016. 
  • Critical Political Economy Research Network mid-term conference “Grassroots organising for transnational transformative action”  [with Angela Wigger] University of Ljubljana, May 2016. 
  • Council of European Studies (CES) April 2016, Philadelphia. “Authoritarian Neoliberalism and the Disciplining of Labour in Spain” 
  • European Sociological Association, August 2015, Prague. “Disciplining Debt. Meeting across crisis realities” [with A. Wigger] 
  • International Studies Association “Challenging the Age of Austerity: changing patterns of disruption and reflexivity during the European crisis” [with D. Bailey and N. Huke, presented by D. Bailey] New Orleans, USA, 2015. 
  • International Studies Association “Debt movement resistance and authoritarian statism. Meeting across crisis realities” [with A. Wigger, presented by A. Wigger] New Orleans, USA, 2015.  
  • ESRC Seminar Series “Real Democracy Now? Democratic responses and pressures for political-economic change” [with D. Bailey] University of Birmingham, UK, December2014. 
  • Critical Political Economy Research Network mid-term conference “Disciplining debt? Meeting across crisis realities in the EU” [with A. Wigger] University of Vienna, Austria, September, 2014. 
  • ESA 11th Conference: crisis, critique and change “Countering the isolation-effect in Spain: pedagogies of hope and struggle within the PAH” [with M. Ferrer and P. Simon] Torino, Italy 2013. 
  • ECPR Joint Sessions “Whose knowledge? Whose policy? The European Commission as an organiser of policy knowledge” University of Mainz, Germany 2013. 
  • Critical Political Economy Research Network mid-term conference “Analysing labour and the crisis: Challenges, responses and new avenues” [with L. Horn] Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona 2012. 
  • British International Studies Association “Analysing popular resistance to neoliberal disciplining in Spain: the difficult relationship between the unions and the indignados” Edinburgh, UK, 2012. 
  • Workshop Trade unions, free trade and the problem of transnational solidarity, “Trading solidarity: dockworkers and the EU liberalisation of port services” Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice, University of Nottingham, UK, 2011. 
  • III Congreso Anual de la REPS (Red Española de Política Social) “Infancia y exclusión social en España: realidades y retos a partir de la crisis” [with A. Sesé and M. Tur] Universidad Pública de Navarra, 2011. 
  • Historical Materialism conference “Where are the workers? Spain’s responses to the crisis and the Left” London, UK, 2011. 
  • Industrial Relations in Europe Conference “Solidarity, Global Restructuring and Political Deregulation: The Liverpool Dockers’ Dispute 1995-98” Barcelona, 2011. 
  • Critical Political Economy Research Network mid-term conference “Spain’s Goose chase: the flexibilisation of the labour market and the reduction of public deficit under Zapatero’s Presidency” Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, 2011. 
  • Political Studies Association Annual Conference “The retreat of the union: The Transport and General Workers’ Union strategies of renewal in the 1990s” Edinburgh, UK, 2010. 

Invited talks

  • Universitat Progressista d’Estiu de Catalunya (UPEC), “Work and rights” July 2018, Barcelona. 
  • Democracy in Europe (LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin, Texas), discussant to Yanis Varoufakis (Ex-finance minister of Greece). November 2017. 
  • Economic and Social Research Council (UK) Seminar Series “Response to Jerome Roos – “What hope for democracy in the crisis stage of neoliberal capitalism?”- ” Johns Hopkins University – Universitat Pompeu Fabra Public Policy Center, Barcelona, July 2016. 
  • Comisiones Obreras Summer School (largest labour union in Spain), rountable participant on “Precariousness and the challenges for labour unions”, July 2015, Vic, Spain. 
  • Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute “Brexit and the challenges for the European Left” University of Sheffield, July 2016. 
  • Social movements in Europe workshop “The Platform of Those Affected by Mortgages (PAH): Turning overindebtedness into prefigurative resistance”, Roskilde University, Denmanrk, June 2016 
  • Seminar “Next Europe in the Context of Internal and External Challenges” organized by the Center for Liberal Strategies (Sofia) in collaboration with the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue, the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Austrian Ministry of Defence. Roundtable participant in session 3 (“Brexit and the future of Europe”). Bruno Kreisky Forum, Vienna, Austria, May 2016. 
  • Dia Internacional de la Pobresa i l’Exclusió Social “Impacte de la crisis i la pobresa en la infància i en les dones” Ajuntament de Sant Boi, 2014. 
  • Critical European Studies: the crisis and new formation of the EU “Discussant of Oberndorfer, Lukas (2014) Crisis of hegemony: heading towards authoritarian competitive statism?” VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2014. 
  • Real World Economics Forum “Building our future: the PAH as collective awakening” University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2013. 
  • Congreso sobre Precariedad, vida dañada y vulnerabilidad en la era de la austeridad. Ideas y propuestas desde los movimientos sociales. “Precariedad y clase social: re-leyendo a E.P. Thompson en un contexto de crisis” Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona 2013. 
  • XII Jornada Desigualdades Sociales y Salud. Keynote speaker. “El impacto de la crisis en las familias y en la infancia” Facultad de Ciencias Económicas, Universidad de Cádiz, 2013. 
  • Crises in the Eurozone: causes, conflicts and consequences “The impact of the crisis in children and families in Spain” Roskilde University, Denmark, 2012. 
  • Consejo Económico y Social de la Rioja “El bienestar y la educación como claves para un nuevo modelo productivo” Logroño, 2011 
  • Liverpool City of Radicals 1911-2011 event “Internationalism and the Liverpool Dockers’ Dispute 1995-98” Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK, 2011. 

Language skills

  • Catalan (native)
  • Spanish (native)
  • English (primary language)
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