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) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He is part of the research project “All Youth Want to Rule their World (ALL-YOUTH)”, funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland (decision no. 312689).
  • Davesa defended his doctoral thesis in January 2018, which analyzed participatory governance in the EU’s youth policy field. 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 teaching experience in bachelor programs. His classes incorporate innovative teaching methods such as gamification, simulations, and social media as a support learning tool. He has been a visiting researcher at the University of Washington in Seattle. His research interests are political participation, social movements, interest groups and youth policy, with special focus on the impact of new technologies and new media.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)



Davesa’s research experience includes the following methodological and technical skills:

  • Network analysis of policies and actors.
  • Computerized content analysis of text as data.
  • Statistical analysis through R statistical environment.
  • Programming techniques in the language Python.
  • Social media & big data analysis.

From January to April 2016, Davesa joined the Center for American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP) at the University of Washington in Seattle (find here a summary of the research stay).


Profile and Publications



  • Davesa, F., & Shahin, J. 2018. (expected). An Architecture for Hybrid Democracy in the EU. When participation (en)counters representation. In M. Tanasescu & C. Dupont (Eds.) The Edges of Political Representation, accepted for publication by ECPR Press.

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. 2018. Assessing the effectiveness of EU simulations: Do the characteristics of participants impact learning outcomes?, European Political Science, https://doi.org/10.1057/s41304-018-00199-6 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: 73-96 (English & Spanish version) Link
  • Palau, A. M. & F. Davesa. 2013. The Impact of Media Coverage of Corruption on Spanish Public Opinion. Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas, 144: 97-124. (English & Spanish version) 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: 105-130 Link