Our thematic priorities


Social inclusion is researched and worked on from different perspectives and disciplines both within the internal framework of countries, as well as in the field of European cooperation and official development aid for countries in the Global South.

Important fields of knowledge for us are rights, economics, international relations, psychology, communication, education, sociology, humanities. Our main focus is on gender discrimination, sexual diversity, children, rural population and ethnic minorities.

Rural development and agricultural policies

Studying the sustainable development of rural territories, family farming and agri-food systems in general, in order to facilitate the incorporation of disadvantaged populations into the general development dynamics of countries under more equitable conditions.

Investigating the use of sustainable and efficient energies in the fight against poverty, in social welfare and wealth generation, and on how to transfer knowledge and know-how, in this case to impoverished countries.

Design and evaluation of development and cooperation policies

Analysing, understanding, adapting and evaluating the effects of policies on development processes at different national and sub-national levels and preferably in the most vulnerable countries and territories. Highlighting the importance of the evaluation of public and private agendas and programmes for development. Contributing to the debate on paradigms, methodologies and instruments for the evaluation and planning of development actions.

Central America in the 21st century

Determining, from a multidisciplinary perspective, the contributions of the regional approach and regional integration processes to development, applying the analysis particularly to Central America.

Promoting an innovative research agenda on Central America, characterised by a multidisciplinary, historical, comparative and political economy approach.