Aina Gallego, Ph.D.

Barcelona Institute of International Studies

City: Barcelona

Country: Spain

About Me:

I am an Assistant Professor at the Institut de Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals and a Research Associate at the Institute of Political Economy and Governance.

I have a long-standing interest in the political representation of the poor. My book "Unequal Participation Worldwide" (Cambridge University Press) analyzed inequalities in voter turnout in a comparative perspective and argued that turnout gaps can be reduced through institutional reforms. A related ongoing project examines if the interests of the poor are better represented by politicians of a similar socio-economic background with detailed data about Spanish municipalities.

More generally, I strive to do high-quality research about relevant social problems. One of my current research projects analyzes the political consequences of technological change, focusing on workers who can be displaced by technology. I also study the electoral and historical causes of corruption and the psychology of politicians, among other topics.

Before coming to IBEI, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the Spanish High Research Council and at Stanford University. I hold a PhD in Political Science from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and have been the recipient of a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant.

I contribute to the Political Science blog

Research Interests

Representation and Electoral Systems

Political Economy

Political Participation

European Politics

Countries of Interest