Politics, democracy and human rights

This studies how the new channels of interaction and the new legal framework arising from the emergence of ICT are changing the structure of political movements, the dynamics of the public administrations and the processes of the promotion and universal protection of human rights. From a local and global perspective, the tensions between economic globalization and pluralism (religious, social, cultural and political) are studied, especially how these are channelled through social media and e-government

Research groups and topic areas / Thesis proposals


Research group websites

DHDG |Human Rights, Democracy and Globalization 

The researchers in this group study the following subject areas:

1)  Promotion and universal protection of human rights in a global context.

Dr Víctor M. Sánchez Sánchez


GADE | eGovernance: Electronic Administration and Democracy

This group studies how digital media is transforming political processes, actors, and institutions. Specifically, it focuses on how the use of digital media is affecting public opinion and electoral dynamics; changing representative institutions, political parties and public administration; and shaping new ways of organization of protest and social movements. To study these problems, it relies mostly on digital methods and social network analysis.

The researchers in this group study the following subject areas:

-           Quality of democracy and representation

-           Political parties and social movements

-           New media and public opinion (http://www.opinionet.net/)

-           Online deliberation and participation

-           Social network analysis applied to public opinion, socio-political actors, and electoral campaigns.

Dr Batlle Rubio, Albert


Open Evidence Research:

The relations between information technologies, use of algorithms, big data on the one hand and democratic practices and representation on the other, question the  legitimacy of present governance structures and practices. Post normal science with its concepts of Extended Peer Communities offer a tool to investigate ways in which academic work in e.g. ethics of algorithms and algorithmic governance can be fed into the policy process.

1) Democratization of expertise and extended peer communities in the algorithmic society

Dr Andrea Saltelli


Transparency, integrity and democratic innovation

Dr Agustí Cerrillo Martínez