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The JHU - UPF Public Policy Center Newsletter
April 2019
This newsletter provides an overview of the activities, courses, and research developments that have been recently occurring in the JHU-UPF Public Policy Center.
EVENTS

New Research Project Starting: Activism Mobilising Science


We are pleased to announce the start of a new research project, being carried out by our Climate and Environment researchers. 

The main aim of this project is to use empirical research in order to investigate and improve citizen empowerment in the context of public health implications of environmental pollution and conflict. The project examines a specific type of citizen empowerment that arises out of a process of knowledge co-production between citizens and scientists, a process termed Activism Mobilising Science (AMS). AMS is used by citizen groups in order to understand and confront the impacts of pollution, and acquire visibility and legitimacy. The project will involve in-depth case study research of an AMS process in the context of a well-established health-environmental controversy in Catalonia, the salt waste-pile of Sallent (‘el cogulló de Sallent’).

Find out more information about the project on our website.
Members of the AMS team at the site of the case study, 'el cogulló de Sallent'.
Faculty member influencing EU governance: Professor Javier Arregui

Professor Javier Arregui, a member of the Executive Board of the Center, is also the Jean Monnet researcher for European Union governance at the Pompeu Fabra University. On the 18th March, Dr. Arregui was the first researcher to be invited to a series of informal encounters with experts from the European Union, to debate topics of European development in a year marked by the European elections (which will be held this May).

During this first European gathering, entitled “Winners and losers in the process of European integration: Rethinking the EU”, Professor Arregui discussed themes such as populism, redistribution of wealth and the EU governance system.

Twenty young people (mostly university students) from Tarragona, Spain, attended the event. During their discussions, they asked for more citizen participation in European institutions.

The Pompeu Fabra University ranks first place out of all Spanish universities


The Pompeu Fabra University has been selected - for the seventh consecutive year - as the best university in Spain, according to U-Ranking, carried out by the BBVA Foundation and the Valencia Institute of Economic Investigations (IVIE). The ranking takes into account teaching activity, research, innovation and technological development in the spanish institutions. The UPF holds first place once again in the list due to obtaining the best average out of the 25 indicators which were analysed, and is the only university to hold this position of first place.

62 universities were assessed overall (48 public and 14 private), and have been ranked from best to worst performance according to the indicators used.

See the article here (in Catalan).

Exchange between current and past students of the Master in Public and Social Policy
 

On the 2nd May, students of the Master in Public and Social Policy (MUPPS) had the opportunity to meet and talk to previous students of the same course who are now working in public policy positions.

In the first part of the event, six speakers (Carolina Costa, Citizen Participation -Diputació de Barcelona-; Jillian Reynolds, Project Manager & Researcher -Agència de Qualitat i Avaluació Sanitàries de Catalunya-; Susana Samaniego, Senior Consultant -IdenCity, Transforming Cities-; Paula Veciana Botet, Directora de Social Business City; Eduardo González, Research Fellow -The Governance Lab-; Jorge Brotons, Jefe Secretaría Técnica Acción Social -Ajuntament Sabadell-) explained to the MUPPS students what the most important competencies are for a professional in public policy to have. They also discussed how studying the master’s program had helped them in their careers and professional development (five out of the six speakers were previous MUPPS students).

In the second part of the event they set up six roundtables, each with one speaker, so the students could talk with each of them in smaller groups to discuss the course, exchange ideas and ask questions.

The event was very well received, with both students and professionals saying they found it very interesting and enriching.
ONGOING ACTIVITIES

APPAM International Conference 2019

The JHU-UPF Public Policy Center is excited to be co-hosting the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) 2019 International Conference. The conference will be held at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona on the 29th and 30th July 2019, bringing experts in Public Policy from across the globe to discuss the most pressing policy issues currently being faced by populations.

There is more information on this conference on the JHU-UPF Public Policy Center website.

Hopkins Fall Institute 2019

Preparations are well underway for the Hopkins Fall Institute 2019, which will be the 16th annual Fall Institute. The 2019 Fall Institute will run from November 4th-November 29th, 2019, offering a variety of graduate-level courses in health policy and management.

Each year, the Fall Institute attracts health professionals and graduate students from all over the world, enabling them to access courses delivered by experts at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Students are invited to gain a solid knowledge of policies and management approaches within the field of public health, along with new explorations and innovations in the field. The 2018 Fall Institute was a great success, with 224 students from 41 countries participating.

Courses

The Master’s degree in Public and Social Policy continues to provide students with top-quality teaching, with courses led by experts from both the Pompeu Fabra University and the Johns Hopkins University.

The Masters courses that were being delivered during April were:

  • The process of European integration and its economic and social impact (in the itinerary: The Social Impact of Economic Policies)
  • The impacts of climate change (in the itinerary: Social Environment Policies)

Both of these courses fall in the itinerary: Labor Market and Social Security.

"Climate & Health News" Newsletter

Every month, we send out a newsletter on scientific research and news developments in Climate & Health. See the April newsletter here.

PUBLICATIONS

We are pleased to announce recent publications from our researchers:

González-Hidalgo, M. and Zografos, C., 2019. Emotions, power, and environmental conflict: Expanding the ‘emotional turn’ in political ecology. Progress in Human Geography, p.0309132518824644. 

Andreucci, D., 2019, Populism, Emancipation, and Environmental Governance: Insights from Bolivia, Annals of the American Association of Geographers,109:2, 624-633, DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2018.1506696
(This paper was also given an award from the UPF Department of Political and Social Sciences, as part of a programme called "Ajust/Premis a la Recerca 2018".)

Vandeventer, J., Cattaneo, C. Zografos, C. 2019. A degrowth transition: Pathways for the degrowth niche to replace the capitalist-growth regime. Ecological Economics. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.10.002

Navarro, V. (2019). Why the White Working-class Mortality and Morbidity Is Increasing in the United States: The Importance of the Political Context. International Journal of Health Services, 49(2), 197–203.

Peralta A, Benach J, Borrell C, Espinel V, Cash-Gibson L, Queiroz BL, Marí-Dell’Olmo M. Evaluation of the Mortality Registry in Ecuador (2001-2013) - Social and Geographical Inequalities in Completeness and Quality. Population Health Metrics (accepted).

Peralta-Chiriboga A, Espinel-Flores V, Gotsens M, Pèrez G, Benach J, Marí-Dell’Olmo M. Developing a deprivation index to study geographical health inequalities in Ecuador. Rev Saùde Pùblica (accepted).

Andreucci, D. and Engel-Di Mauro S. Capitalism, Socialism and the Challenge of Degrowth: Introduction to the Symposium. Capitalism Nature Socialism. (In print)

A selection from 2018:

Arregui, Javier; Creighton, Mathew J. Public Opinion and the Shaping of Immigration Policy in the European Council of Ministers. Journal of Common Market studies 2018; 56(6): 1323-1344. 

Vergara-Duarte M, Borrell C, Pérez G, Martín-Sánchez JC, Clèries R, Buxó M, Martínez-Solanas È, Yasui Y, Muntaner C, Benach J. Sentinel Amenable Mortality: A New Way to Assess the Quality of Healthcare by Examining Causes of Premature Death for Which Highly Efficacious Medical Interventions Are Available. Biomed Res Int. 2018 Sep 2;2018:5456074. doi: 10.1155/2018/5456074. eCollection 2018.

Rius Ulldemolins A, Benach J, Guisasola L, Artazcoz L. Why are there gender inequalities in visual impairment? Eur J Public Health. 2018 Nov 29. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/cky245.

Cash-Gibson L, Rojas-Gualdrón DF, Pericàs JM, Benach J. Inequalities in global health inequalities research: A 50-year bibliometric analysis (1966-2015). PLoS One. 2018 Jan 31;13(1):e0191901. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0191901. eCollection 2018.

Julià M, Belvis F, Vives A, Tarafa G, Benach J. Informal employees in the European Union: working conditions, employment precariousness and health. J Public Health (Oxf). 2018 Jul 2. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdy111. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29982746.

Cortès-Franch I, Escribà-Agüir V, Benach J, Artazcoz L. Employment stability and mental health in Spain: towards understanding the influence of gender and partner/marital status. BMC Public Health. 2018 Apr 2;18(1):425. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5282-3. PubMed PMID: 29606105; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5879603.

Andreucci, D. (2018). Populism, hegemony, and the politics of natural resource extraction in Evo Morales's Bolivia. Antipode50(4), 825-845.: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/anti.12373

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