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Elena Costas

She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Barcelona and a Master in Economics from University College of London. Co-founder of KSNET. She worked as a researcher at the Inter-American Development Bank and as a policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Her expertise areas are public economics and governance. She is also one of the editors of the blog Politikon.

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Paula Salinas

She holds a PhD in Economics from Universitat de Barcelona and a master in Economics from Univeristy College of London. Co-founder of KSNET. She worked as a researcher at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and BGSE, at Institut d’Economia de Barcelona, at Generalitat de Catalunya and at Diputació de Barcelona. Her areas of expertise are public economics, fiscal federalism and economics of education.

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María Sánchez

She holds a PhD in Economics from Universitat de Barcelona. Co-founder of KSNET. She is also an affiliated researcher at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and at Institut d’Economia de Barcelona. She collaborated as a researcher at the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth in London. Her areas of interest are urban economics and economic geography.

Team members and regular collaborators

Ariane Aumaitre

PhD student at the European University Institute in Florence. Master in European Public Policy Analysis by the Bruges College of Europe, where she has also worked as a research assistant at the Political Studies Department. Her areas of expertise are social policy and, more specifically, the redistributive impact of developed Welfare States. She also published research in the area of work-life balance and gender equality.

Berta Barbet

PhD in Political Science and International Relations by the University of Leicester. Master in Political Behavior and Public Opinion by the University of Essex. She is currently post-electoral researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and collaborates regularly with different organizations and media. She specializes in the study of citizens’ attitudes, perceptions and behaviours and the use of experimental methods in surveys.

María Coroleu

Master in Managerial Development, Emotional Intelligence and Coaching and BA in Business Administration. She has more than 10 years of experience and has worked as the head of Operations in a broker agency, at the Marketing and Administration Department in an NGO and as the person in charge of management and KPIS at a leading company in Mexico. Currently, she is the manager of KSNET.

Laura Costas

Master in Graphic Design and Digital Art from Seeway. She also holds a Political Science and Management degree from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She worked at Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera, as a graphic designer at The Bond VFX and also collaborates with the GlobalCAD producing company. In KSNET, she is in charge of the areas of infographics, edition and graphic design.

Nicolás González-Pampillón

Researcher at the What What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth (London School of Economics) and Associate researcher at the Barcelona Institute of Economics. PhD in Economics from the University of Barcelona and MSc in Economics and Finance from CEMFI. His fields of interest are urban economics and public policy evaluation.

Lucas Gortázar

Phd in Economics from Universidad del País Vasco. He also holds a Master in Economics from CEMFI and a Master in Mathematical Modelling from UCL. He has worked for the Education Global Practice at the World Bank. He coordinates the Education Cycle in the blog Politikon, he is a member of Atlántida Project and part of the Core Team of the Basic Education Global Solutions Group at the World Bank.

Manuel Hidalgo

BA in Economics, Master in Economics and Phd in Economics from Univeritat Pompeu Fabra. Professor in Economics at Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Sevilla since 1998. Economics editor of Agenda Pública. He was General Secretary of Economics at the Andalusian Government (2019-2020).

Victor Lapuente

Political science professor at Göteborg University. He holds a PhD from the University of Oxford and a Master in public management from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He writes pieces of news for “El Pais”, he collaborates with the radio Onda Cero and he is a member of the blog “Piedras de Papel”. His areas of interest are public management, government quality and corruption.

David Márquez

He holds a Master in cultural management from University Paris VIII and a BA in Political Science and Public Administration Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He worked as cultural manager and consultant. He has also acted as president of the Associació de Companyies Professionals de Dansa de Catalunya, founder and vicepresident of the Federación Estatal de Compañías y Empresas de Danza and member of the Board of IETM.

Stephan Maurer

Stephan is an assistant professor at Konstanz University (Germany). He holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics and a master in Economics from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (BGSE). He is also an affiliate at the Centre for Economic Performance (LSE). His areas of expertise are labour economics,  economic history and economic geography.

Octavio Medina

Master in Public Administration from the London School of Economics (LSE) and economic consultant at the Education Global Practice at the World Bank. Previously, he worked as consultant in labour markets and social security at the Inter-American Development Bank. He also co-coordinates the Education Cycle in the blog Politikon, where he also co-authored two books.

María Pomés

Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University and BA in Communication from  Universidad de Navarra. Independent consultant in analysis and evaluation of social policies and human capital for multilaterals, strategic consultancies and NGOs. She has more than a decade of experience in working in teams and projects for the World Bank, European and UN institutions and agencies and international political organisms. Her interests lie in welfare and family policies.

Pedro Rey

Associate professor of behavioural economics at ESADE. He holds a PhD in Economics from University College London and a Master in Economics and Finance from CEMFI. He worked as the director of Behavioral Science Research at “All of US” at Scripps Research Institute at San Diego. His areas of interest are experimental and behavioural economics. He is also one of the editors of the blog “Nada es Gratis”.

Pere Antoni Taberner

Master in Economics at Universitat de Barcelona and PhD student at the same university. Currently he works as research economist at KSNET. He is also a member of the Academic Council of UB School of Economics and the founder of the blog “Economía para Principiantes”. His areas of interest are economics of education, experimental and behavioral economics, health economics and data analysis.

Pablo Tucat

Master in Public and Social Policy from Universitat Pompeu Fabra and master in Applied Economics from the University Torcuato di Tella in Argentina. At present he works as a research economist at KSNET. Previously, he worked as economic consultant specialised in the housing market sector as well as energy economics advisor of different entities in Argentina.

Maite Vilalta

Professor of Economics and Vice-rector of equality and social action at University of Barcelona, where she did her PhD. She was a member of the expert committee that computed the fiscal balance of Catalonia and the representative of the Catalan government for the State-Region committee of transfers. Her areas of expertise are fiscal federalism and regional and local public finance.