Research

My research is framed in the activity of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute — where I am part of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on ICTs (i2TIC) — and the eLearn Center.

Present Research Projects

Proyecto REBIS: Redes, Eficiencia y Bienestar en la Sociedad de la Información

Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, CSO2010-16648
01 January 2011 – 31 December 2013.

MIREIA – Measuring the Impact of eInclusion Actors on Digital Literacy, Skills and Inclusion goals of the Digital Agenda for Europe

Project funded and led by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre – Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (AA INFSO/H3/2011/2 – SMART 2011/007).
2012.

Knowledge Throughout Life: the Promise of Open Online Learning Communities

Ongoing PhD Thesis by Igne Roeniger. Internet Interdisciplinary Institute.

Entorno Personal de Aprendizaje como componente curricular en la Educación Superior. Etnografía de un proceso de implementación en una asignatura de grado en Arquitectura.

Ongoing PhD Thesis by Marcelo Nolasco. Co-supervised with Clara Barrón. Universidad de Salamanca.

ICT4RD: Les TIC en la comercialització del producte agroalimentari d’àmbit rural.

Ongoing PhD Thesis by Ricard Espelt. Co-supervised with Ángel Díaz Chao. Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

Past

Administració pública electrònica i immigració a Catalunya: una nova oportunitat per una societat xarxa inclusiva

Project funded by the Catalan Agency of Universities and Research (2010 ARF1 0023) ARAFI I 2010 programme, on applied research and training in the area of immigration in Catalonia.
2011-2012.

Noves Tecnologies i participació ciutadana. Quines eines per a quins usos?

Project funded by the Diputació de Barcelona on tools and best practices benchmark on e-Participation in Local Administrations.
2009-2010.

telecentre.org External Program Review

For the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Microsoft and the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC). With Simon Batchelor
2009-2010.

The transformations of Law in the Information Society: Analysis and Forecast

Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, SEJ2007-67202
01 October 2007 – 30 September 2010.

Multidisciplinar research on how the (general) discipline of Law has been affected by the impact of the Information Society: cyberlaw, cybercrime, intellectual property rights, privacy, etc.

See also the Internet, Law and Politics Congress, one of the outputs of the project: 4th edition, 2008 | 5th edition, 2009 | 6th edition, 2010 | 7th edition, 2011.

Measuring digital development for policy-making: Models, stages, characteristics and causes

Doctoral thesis.
10 April 2007 – 8 September 2009.

The aim of this research is to analyze how and why the different approaches to model and measure the Information Society have determined what is meant by the concept of access to Information and Communication Technologies and digital development. And, based on this first analysis, work on and propose a 360º digital framework that can serve policy-making while, at the same time, be able to state whether and why governments should seek to foster the development of the Information Society.

European Tools for E-learning and Technology Transfer in Food Technology

European Commission, Tempus PHARE UM_JEP 18084
01 September 2004 – 31 August 2007.

This project aims at establishing structures to facilitate the transfer of technology from Bosnia and Herzegovina universities to the productive system in the country, and to put them at work through a number of practical experiences, the main amongst them to organize life-long formation. The activities will be organized in the following blocks:

  1. To provide a methodology and technical means to create and deliver online courses for life-long formation in BH universities, plus a practical experience.
  2. Establishing a legal and operative frame for relations of universities with third parties (enterprises or individuals), in the area of technology transfer.
  3. Structuring a nursery of enterprises (spinoffs) within the frame of CTTs, including practical experience of management.

Benchmark on the Information Society in the judicial field in Latin America countries

Permanent Secretariat of the Latin America Judicial Summit
01 September 2005 – 30 June 2006.

A benchmark on e-Justice best practices in Latin America, Spain and Portugal, including a theoretical framework and methodology to measure e-Justice.

Digital Literacy and Methodology Transfer Programme in e-Learning (I)

Generalitat de Catalunya, ACCD2004
01 June 2005 – 31 May 2006.

The project outlines a global digital literacy programme in Morocco to be developed in parallel in, and integrated into, four specific spheres, namely universities, civil society, schools and the population in general. I led the project.