The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is one of the major public universities in Spain. It is located in Bellaterra, close to Barcelona city. UAB has over 37,700 students, almost 3,700 researchers and teaching staff, and it hosts more than 6,000 foreign students. In recent years, the UAB has seen recognition for its efforts in promoting quality in teaching, in attracting international talent and in obtaining a growing impact in research, together with a progressive improvement in its classifications in the most prestigious and influential international rankings. UAB will coordinate the SO-CLOSE project and lead tasks for setting up the user engagement strategy, identifying focus groups, evaluating the pilots and managing the dissemination, implementation, and evaluation.
The UAB will participate with a cross-sectional team from 3 research groups:
1) The “Grup d’Estudis República i Democràcia (GERD)” is a Consolidated Research Group recognized by the Generalitat de Catalunya. The group is made up of professors and researchers from the Department of Modern and Contemporary History of the UAB, as well as from other Spanish and foreign universities. The general objectives of the group are:
Consolidate a core of research in the areas of War, Violence, Fascism, Democracy, and Republic that becomes a benchmark for studies on those subjects both in national and international historiography.
To maximize the dissemination of this research through, among other means, the publication of its results (in books, collective publications, papers …), the participation, and organization of conferences, in order to guarantee international dissemination of research.
2) The Immigration and Ethnic Minorities Study Group (GEDIME), at the Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona was founded in 1989 with the aim of conducting research on a at that time emerging and thus rather invisible topic in Catalan society of the late 80’s: the arrival of foreign migration to Catalonia. GEDIME’s main research lines within the core topic of Migration and Ethnic Minorities are the ones related to key aspects of the migration phenomenon both at national and transnational level.
3) TransMedia Catalonia research group focuses media accessibility for more than 10 years. They are leaders of numerous ERASMUS+ projects and H2020.
The UAB Research Park (PRUAB) will be also involved in Project as a linked third party of UAB. PRUAB is a not-for-profit foundation established in 2007 as a basic tool to promote and improve the transfer of knowledge and technology from the University to Industry. PRUAB provides also services focused on spinoffs and start-up companies, especially those located within the Park’s premises. PRUAB has experience in coordination, communication and dissemination of EC Projects. Besides, PRUAB has organized a wide number of focus groups and co-creation workshops using Design Thinking methodology.