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The JHU - UPF Public Policy Center Newsletter
Summer 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.

2019 International Conference of the Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM) hosted by the JHU-UPF Public Policy Center

On the 29th and 30th July, the Center hosted the 2019 International Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) at the Pompeu Fabra University. APPAM is the largest organization in the world of professionals working in the different dimensions of public policy analysis and in some of the most important areas of social and economic policy, which range from Climate Change to immigration, among many other relevant issues.

The conference was hosted and sponsored by the JHU-UPF Public Policy Center, along with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Institute for Health and Social Policy and Department of Health Policy and Management, and the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, both of which are based in the United States. 

This year’s conference was APPAM’s largest ever international conference, with over 310 people from five continents registered to attend, and 407 submitted abstracts (the highest number of submissions ever for an APPAM International Conference). The conference’s theme was Public Policy in an Era of Rapid Change, and included 50 panel and roundtable sessions, 17 poster presentations, 1 special debate and 3 plenary sessions. Abstracts were accepted in the following areas: ​Crime, Violence and Justice; Employment and Work; Race, Gender, Class, and Age Inequalities and Intersectionality; The Ecological Crisis, Climate Change and the Environment; Education; Housing; Family, Child and Ageing Adult Policies; Emergent New Technologies and Innovation; Social Policy and the Quality of Life and Wellbeing of Populations; National and International Security and Social Surveillance; Politics, Media and Comparative Policy Analysis; Demographic Developments, Migration, Immigration, and Refugees; Relationship between Public and Private Financial Institutions; and Scientific Research, Complex Systems, and Tools of Analysis.

At the start of July, the geographical distribution of registered attendees was as follows: 54% from the U.S.; 16% from Europe; 14% from Asia; 5% from Africa; 4% from the U.K.; 3% from South America. There was considerable representation amongst participants and presenters from professionals working in public and private institutions in ​Barcelona ​and Catalonia, including researchers from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)​, with 24 individuals from Catalonian institutions contributing to the conference either as authors, presenters, or chairs. There was also representation amongst the participants from some of the major U.S. research funding agencies, including Bloomberg, Johnson&Johnson, and The Pew Foundation.

Pending the final evaluation report from APPAM, the overall response to the conference was very positive and the event has been considered a success by organizers, presenters, and participants. The plenary sessions in particular received some excellent feedback. All minor challenges which were encountered regarding tech or facilities were dealt with efficiently by the APPAM and UPF staff. The organizers were also delighted to welcome the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, and the acting President of the Pompeu Fabra University, Dr. Pelegrí Viader Canals, to inaugurate the conference along with the conference’s Chair, Dr. Keshia Pollack Porter, and Co-Chair, Dr. Vicente Navarro. During her speech, the Mayor of Barcelona stated that the topics dealt with during the conference are extremely important and relevant for the city of Barcelona in the current political, social and environmental climate.

During their presentations, both the acting President of UPF, Dr. Viader Canals, and  Dr. Tom Burke (a professor at the Johns Hopkins University, and the top authority on climate and environment in President Obama’s administration) spoke about the enormous importance of the Planetary Wellbeing project, which is currently being developed at the Pompeu Fabra University.

The Center is very pleased to announce that the APPAM staff declared the JHU-UPF Public Policy Center as one of the best partners they have had to date in the organisation of their annual international conference. The Center leadership and staff would like to thank APPAM for choosing the JHU-UPF Public Policy Center as the sponsoring agency and host for the conference, and all of the collaborating organisations and individuals who helped to make the conference such a success. Special thanks go to the staff at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in particular to Cristina Oliva and Ana Gloria Mas, for their support and collaboration. Also, we thank the staff of the Center – Aeve Ribbons, Pol Carrión, Ferran Muntane and Natàlia Sau – for their excellent work in preparing the conference.

See the JHU-UPF Public Policy Center's full report of the conference here, written by the leadership of the JHU-UPF Public Policy Center: Vicente Navarro (Director, JHU, UPF), Keshia Pollack-Porter (Co-Director, JHU), and Joan Benach (Co-Director, UPF).

The full program of the conference can be found on APPAM's website.
The Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, presenting at the inauguration of the International Conference of APPAM.

Graduation of the Master in Public and Social Policies students

This summer, the Center celebrated the graduation of its second year students from the Master in Public and Social Policies (MUPPS), which is a program of the Pompeu Fabra University, in collaboration with faculty of the Johns Hopkins University. This was the 7th official edition of the two years Master program. 26 students graduated from the course this year. This program has been recognised as one of the top 3 best masters in Public Policy and Administration, one of the best Masters in Southern Europe, by several evaluating agencies.

The official graduation ceremony was held on the 9th of July, in the Roger de Llúria building of the Pompeu Fabra University’s Ciutadella Campus. The ceremony was presided by the head of the Barcelona School of Management, Professor Oriol Amat. Speeches and the presenting of the graduation certificates to the students were followed by all attendees singing the hymn Gaudeamus Igitur, to close the ceremony. The academic ceremony was followed by an outdoor catered reception for the students and their families. The teaching and administrative body of the Center also held a small informal reception for the students on the 6th of June, to congratulate them on completing this academic stage in their lives.

The faculty and staff of the Center congratulate all of the graduates for their excellent work over the past two years, and wish them all the best in their future careers.


Hopkins Fall Institute 2019

Preparations are well underway for the Hopkins Fall Institute 2019, which will be the 16th annual Fall Institute in Health Policy and Management. The 2019 Fall Institute will run from November 4th-November 29th, 2019, offering a variety of intensive graduate-level courses in health policy and management, aimed at graduate students and professionals already working in the field who would like to develop their expertise through high-level courses and workshops.

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. Courses are intensive and last 2-4 days, allowing professionals to access graduate-level education without taking extended periods of time out from their work. The 2019 courses will cover topics such as: climate change and health policy; epidemiology; statistics, surveys and spatial analysis; social determinants of health and health inequalities; and health leadership and communication. The 2018 Fall Institute was a great success, with 224 students from 41 countries participating.

The applications for the Hopkins Fall Institute 2019 have now been open for over a month, and we have been receiving many high-quality applications. The administrative staff have started the selection process for scholarship students, and the Center is looking forward to welcoming students and professionals from all over the globe to Barcelona in November, for the 16th Edition of the Health Policy and Management Fall Institute.

The course offerings and registration deadlines for 2019 can be found here.

"Climate & Health News" Newsletter

Every month, the Center sends out a newsletter on scientific research and news developments in Climate & Health. Click the following links for the June, JulyAugust and September newsletters.


The Center is pleased to announce recent publications from its researchers:

Andreucci, D. (2019) Populism, Emancipation, and Environmental Governance: Insights from Bolivia, Annals of the American Association of Geographers,109:2, 624-633.
(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".)

Andreucci, D. and Engel-Di Mauro, S. (2019) Capitalism, Socialism and the Challenge of Degrowth: Introduction to the Symposium, Capitalism Nature Socialism, 30:2, 176-188. 

Foramitti, J., Tsagkari, M. and Zografos. C. (2019), Why degrowth is the only responsible way forward. Open Democracy, published 19 September 2019.

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

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. (2019) Evaluation of the Mortality Registry in Ecuador (2001-2013) - Social and Geographical Inequalities in Completeness and Quality. Population Health Metrics.

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).

Scott E, Kallis G, Zografos C (2019) Why environmentalists eat meat. PLoS ONE 14(7): e0219607.

Vandeventer, J., Cattaneo, C. Zografos, C. (2019). A degrowth transition: Pathways for the degrowth niche to replace the capitalist-growth regime. Ecological Economics.

A selection from 2018:

Andreucci, D. (2018). Populism, hegemony, and the politics of natural resource extraction in Evo Morales's BoliviaAntipode50(4), 825-845.

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. 

Bruszt, L. and V. Vukov (2018) 'Governing market integration and development - lessons from Europe's Eastern and Southern peripheries: Introduction to the Special Issue' Studies in Comparative International Development 53(2):153–168 

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

Cortès-Franch I, Escribà-Agüir V, Benach J, Artazcoz L. (2018) Employment stability and mental health in Spain: towards understanding the influence of gender and partner/marital status. BMC Public Health. Apr 2;18(1):425.

Julià M, Belvis F, Vives A, Tarafa G, Benach J. (2018) Informal employees in the European Union: working conditions, employment precariousness and health. J Public Health (Oxf). Jul 2.

Rius Ulldemolins A, Benach J, Guisasola L, Artazcoz L. (2018) Why are there gender inequalities in visual impairment? Eur J Public Health. Nov 29.

Vergara-Duarte M, Borrell C, Pérez G, Martín-Sánchez JC, Clèries R, Buxó M, Martínez-Solanas È, Yasui Y, Muntaner C, Benach J. (2018) 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. eCollection 2018.

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