Ferran Davesa

Dr. Ferran Davesa

Postdoctoral Researcher // EU Governance and Participation
+32 2 614 80 19


  • Ferran Davesa is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for European Studies (IES) and the Department of Political Science of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He coordinates the research programme Evaluating Democratic Governance in Europe (EDGE) together with Dr. Serena D'Agostino and is involved in the GREMLIN project on Global and Regional Multistakeholder Institutions, supported by the UNU-CRIS in Bruges (2017-2022).
  • His doctoral thesis analysed participatory governance in the EU’s youth policy field). His research interests include political participation, social movements and youth policy, with special focus on new technologies. His classes incorporate innovative teaching methods such as gamification and simulation games.

  • From 2008 to 2013, Davesa was a researcher at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) and at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB). He holds an MA in International Relations from Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), and a BA in Political Science from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Davesa has been a visiting researcher at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. 


Profile and Publications



  • Davesa, F., & Shahin, J. 2019. An Architecture for Hybrid Democracy in the EU: when Participation (en)counters Representation. In M. Tanasescu & C. Dupont (Eds.) The Edges of Political Representation: Mapping, Critiquing, and Pushing the Boundaries, London: Rowman & Littlefield, p. 143-166 Link

Conference Papers

  • Davesa, F. & Shahin, J. 2014. Evaluating Euro-parties’ use of digital tools for the 2014 EP election campaign. Paper presented at the Spring Conference Elections and Democracy in Europe, 7-9 April. Brussels, Belgium

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • DAVESA, Ferran & PIROS, Silviu. 2019. Assessing the effectiveness of EU simulations: Do the characteristics of participants impact learning outcomes?, European Political Science, 18 (3), p. 535-553 Link
  • Casas, A., Davesa, F., & Congosto, M. 2016. Media Coverage of a "Connective" Action: The Interaction Between the 15-M Movement and the Mass Media, Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas, 155, p.73-96 (English & Spanish versions) Link
  • Palau, A. M. & F. Davesa. 2013. The Impact of Media Coverage of Corruption on Spanish Public Opinion. Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas, 144, p. 97-124. (English & Spanish versions) Link
  • Palau, A. M., Chaqués-Bonafont, L., Muñoz, L. M., Medir, L., Davesa, F. & Mariel Julio. 2013. Priorización de problemas en las agendas legislativas autonómicas: instituciones y preferencias políticas. Revista Gestión y Análisis de Políticas Públicas, 6, p. 105-130 Link