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Research Groups



Active research groups


Research group in Constitutional Studies

Professor José Asensi Sabater, director of the Ibero-American Institute for Constitutional Studies, (IBEC) leads this solid research group ( IBEC has a broad experience in the study of Ibero-American constitutionalism and its constant desire for cultural and academic exchange has been gradually consolidated in different areas such as teaching and research since the mid-90s, when the first links with the Ibero-American constitutional legal academies and centres for legal studies were created. The activities carried out by the IBEC are in line with the solidarity commitment to cooperation that the Spanish State maintains with  Ibero-American countries, which in this case refers to key issues for the consolidation of democratic regimes and for their social modernisation.


Research Group in Political and Administrative Sciences and the Alicante Observatory for Administration & Comparative Public Policies

Some lecturers in the area of Political & Administrative Sciences are member of the Institute, Dr. Canales Aliende, Dr. Menéndez Alzamora and Dr. Romero Tarín. Under the direction of Prof Canales, this Area includes the Alicante Observatory for Administration & Comparative Public Policies (University of AlicanteSingular Research Unit No. 37 and currently a UA research group created in 11 July 2007) and the Canadian Studies Centre.

The main lines of research, publications and teaching activity in this area are:

  • Modernization of the political-administrative system, and institutional strengthening of the State.
  • Modernisation of public management, especially focused on Latin America
  • Human resources management.
  • Public policies, especially related to social and labour aspects.
  • Government, management and local development.
  • Political theory.
  • Political-administrative system of North America (Canada, United States, Mexico)
  • European and Latin American political integration.


Administrative Law Research Group

The quality of the research developed by the area of Administrative Law, especially in the area of Environmental Law, and the excellent relations that its members maintain with Latin American universities is internationally recognised. In this sense, the special relationship with the University of Vale do Itajai (Brazil), which includes the exchange of lecturers and students in their fields is noteworthy. Also, on the initiative of the Administrative Law research group,  a framework agreement was signed in 2013 with the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico, through its Interdisciplinary Centre for Studies on Environment and Development. Within the scope of this agreement, a number of academic activities will be developed among the researchers of both institutions. Two new member will join this Institute: Dr. Juan Rosa Moreno and Dr. Ramón Terol Gómez.


Public International Law Research Group

Dr. Jaume Ferrer Lloret and Dr. Millán Requena Casanova are part of the research group "International Public Law, European Union Law and International Relations" (Vigrob-139), the first being the director. They both contribute with a teaching and research career dedicated for a number of years to the process of European integration, as evidenced by the publications of which they are authors, focusing on various aspects of the European integration process, and in particular on themes related to European Union's external action, immigration and asylum policy, protection of human rights and protection of foreign investment. This teaching and research work has been recognised by the European Commission by granting a Jean Monnet Chair to Dr. Jaume Ferrer Lloret and a Jean Monnet Module to Dr. Millán Requena Casanova.

Particularly during the last years both professors have taught in the Master's Degree in Regional Integration organised by the University of Alcalá, participated by the universities of Alicante and Miguel Hernández of  Elche, together with the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua-Leon (UNAN) and the National University of Costa Rica. This Master's degree is dedicated to the study of regional integration processes in Europe and in Latin America, with particular attention to the conventional relations that are being established between the European Union and the Latin American countries and/or systems of integration,  as it is the case of the Central American Integration System (SICA) or the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR). See

Both professors are members of the Hispanic-Portuguese-American Institute of International Law (IHLADI), aimed —among other missions—at studying and disseminating the contributions made by the American Continent for the effective reformulation of the principles, rules and institutions of international law that have led to the achievement of better coexistence among the States ( Dr. Jaume Ferrer is also the Academic Secretary of the Institute's yearbook  AHLADI ( The  AHLADI is a periodical publication of the Hispanic-Portuguese-American Institute of International Law that offers doctrinal studies in Spanish and Portuguese and includes the activities developed since the creation of the Institute, in particular the papers presented and the resolutions adopted at the conferenced organised by this institution.



            Applied Economics Area

            Latin American economics has been and is of particular interest to many researchers and scholars of this University, concerned and committed to the economic and social growth of this enormous territory. From this perspective, they have addressed some of the fundamental issues of the current economic and social development in the region, analysing the economic structure of some Latin American areas and some major issues related, such as regional and local development, social conditions and political dynamics.

            The area of Applied Economics contributes to this research institute with lecturers Josep Antoni Ybarra and José Luis Cividanes, whose research and teaching background has been linked to the Latin American world.


Ibero-American Research Group in Business Studies and Economic History

A number of lecturers in the area of Economic History has been carrying out intense research for many years in the history of Latin American business, the economic and social history of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the history of economic thought , a new field this group intends to promote within the Institute. The Group has been organising seminars and publications within the framework of the University of Alicante ViGROB-176 Research Group and the main goal is research on the economic and business history in Spain and Latin America. Dr. Vidal Olivares, Dr. Saiz Pastor, Dr. Zabalza Arbizu and Dr. Torró are the members of this group.  The Group leader is Dr. Vidal Olivares, who is also the coordinator in Spain of the Ibero-American Research Group in Business Studies and Economic History. This group was created in 2007 and made up by a number of coordinators from five countries (Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Spain). The common goal of the Group is to twofold: bring together and compare national, sectoral and case studies. After eight years, the Ibero-American Research Group in Business Studies and Economic History has become a platform for innovation in the study and historical analysis of Latin American economies, with an interdisciplinary cooperation and a permanent praxis of comparative studies. Much of the material presented, debated and discussed in this group meetings has been afterwards turned into books, chapters of books edited by prestigious researchers, and most frequently in high-impact journals in the Latin America and worldwide, Published in journals from the United States, Europe and obviously in Latin America, such as Latin America in Economic History, Notes, Journal of Social Studies, Journal of History of Economy and Business, Business History Review, Enterprise and Society, Entreprise et Histoire ; (Bogotá, Colombia), among others editorials such as Fondo de Cultura Económica, Publications of the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia), and other publications such as the Instituto Mora (Mexico, Conacyt), Oxford University Press, Harvard University Press, BBVA Foundation and Archive.


Research Group in Human Geography: Cooperativism, Rural Development and Solidarity Entrepreneurship in the European Union and Latin America (COODRESUEL Group)

In this area there are two major lines of research related to Latin America. On the one hand, a group led by Professor Palazón Ferrando has been studying the migratory transoceanic currents that connect Spain with Latin America since the 1980s. On the other hand, the international multidisciplinary group called "Cooperativism, Rural Development and Solidarity Entrepreneurship in the European Union and Latin America" (COODRESUEL gives rise to concerns of a group of the University of Alicante lecturers and researchers under the coordination of PhD Gómez López of a work group that goes back to the nineties. Ever since, the members of the research group have been working on topics such as cooperativism, territorial development, social economy, solidarity projects and cooperation. The academic and research background of each of the members in this research group is linked activities related to cooperativism in its most varied manifestations (farming sector, associated work, etc.). Also to issues directly related to rural and local development and, finally, with activities aimed at creating the relevant conditions for the practice of a supportive cooperation in its wide range of possibilities.

In this sense, this research group is also intended for channelling all the academic and researcher results of each member, enhancing the creativity of the group, enabling the group to integrate into national and international university and professional networks, whose subject is related to the activity developed by the research group. So far, the members of the international group COODRESUEL have achieved numerous research projects and created various national and transnational courses, seminars and cultural events that continue to be fully valid due to their very specific focus.


History of the Present World and Historical Memory Group

Dr. Francisco Sevillano Calero and Dr. Roque Moreno Fonseret develop their research within the research group VIGROB 276: 20th Century Spanish History: Second Republic, Franco's Regime and Democracy, directed by Dr. Moreno Fonseret. At present, this research team develops, among other studies, several projects related to the recovery of Historical Memory and the application of Transitional Justice in Europe and Latin America.


Interuniversity and Development Cooperation Group

A good number of scholars have been carrying out complementary actions for decades to reinforce interuniversity cooperation with higher education institutions in of Latin America seeking, among other objectives:

  • Contributing to the methodological and teaching advancement of beneficiary lecturers.
  • Expanding and modernising curricular designs of participating Ibero-American universities, achieved as a result of the operation of teaching projects and the academic exchanges.
  • Contributing to quality improvement of Ibero-American universities through the implementation and/or strengthening of good practices in teaching management and quality assurance.
  • Strengthening university management systems and create interface mechanisms for the productive sectors.
  • Contributing to the development of territories where these universities are located.


Active cross-curricular research groups

  • Application of information and communication technologies to education. It is a work area developed by the Faculty of Education Sciences research group and supported by the Polytechnic School IT group for countries like Ecuador.  The IT group and experts in education are developing projects in Central America (El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica).
  • Transitional justice in countries with historical conflicts.. The contemporary history group and the law groups have been working on this transversal line of research.
  • Family businesses and economic groups: development strategies in emerging economies. The group history, economic and business history, economists, geographers, has been working on development strategies in countries such as Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.
  • New governance and administration strategies of Latin American institutions. Experts in political and administration science, constitutional law and international relations have been developing this line of research that is a priority for the Institute.
  • Strategies of food independence in Latin America. The economics and geography groups have been working in these areas for countries such as Brazil, Uruguay and Central America.
  • Environmental protection and maintenance. The law group, political science and administration, constitutional and political law.
  • Migration and international relations: The Europe and Latin America perspective. International law, political theory, constitutional and political law, history.
  • Development cooperation in Andean countries. Economy, history, geography, law, technological area (technologies applied to development).



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