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The director

Laura Chaqués Bonafont is a Professor of Political Science at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and a director of Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) since 2024.

She holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy from the Universitat de Barcelona and a Master's degree in Political Science from the New School of Social Research in New York. With an extensive academic background, she has served as a visiting professor at esteemed institutions such as the University of Washington, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and King's College London. She leads the research group "Quality of Democracy" (www.Q-Dem.com), which focuses on analyzing the interplay between governmental, parliamentary, and media agendas over time, across various issues, countries, and government levels in Spain from a comparative standpoint. Her work bridges policy dynamics research with key areas of political science, including political representation, interest groups, and the quality of democracy in multilevel governance systems. The project has contributed to the development of quantitative measurement tools for policy dynamics and offers numerous datasets accessible at www.q-dem.com. She has written several books, numerous book chapters, and articles published in prestigious academic journals such as Comparative Political Studies, The British Journal of Political Science, West European Politics, Political Communication, the Journal of Public Policy, and the European Journal of Political Research. Her research excellence has been recognized with various awards, including the ICREA Academia award.

Currently, her primary research interest lies in the comparative analysis of agenda dynamics, with a specific focus on the roles of interest groups, political elites, and social media.