Dr Queralt Capsada-Munsech

  • Research Assistant (Robert Owen Centre)


Queralt Capsada is as a postdoctoral researcher at the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change (ROC), at the School of Education of the University of Glasgow. She is currently involved in the Young_Adulllt H2020 Research Project "Policies Supporting Young People in their Life Course. A Comparative Perspective of Lifelong Learning and Inclusion in Education and Work in Europe". The project focuses on young adults facing difficulties in their transition from education to the labour market and how local and national authorities address lifelong learning (LLL) policies to improve their economic and social situation. The main aims are analyzing the interaction and complementarity of LLL policies and policymaking with other sectorial policies as well as understanding the different ways in which LLL policies are socially embedded in specific regional and local contexts across Europe. 

Previous to joining the ROC and the University of Glasgow Queralt was a predoctoral researcher in the Demosoc group in the Political and Social Sciences Department of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) (Barcelona, Spain), where she got her PhD in Sociology entitled "Overeducation: Incidence, Persistence and Institutional Differences across countries. The influence of field of study and social origin on graduates' overeducation risk". During her predoctoral training she enjoyed some research stages at the Directorate for Education and Skills of the OECD (Paris, France), at the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies (AMCIS) (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) (Dublin, Ireland). She has also participated and presented her research in several European and International academic conferences organised by the European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR), the RC28 of the International Sociological Association (ISA) and the Transition in Youth (TIY) network.

Research interests

Queralt Capsada's main research interests are social stratification, education and school-to-work transitions. Her doctoral thesis studies the phenomenon of overeducation among university graduates from different fields of study and social origin. She analysed the incidence and persistence of graduates whose education exceeds the one required for the job they are developing in the labour market. She also focused on differences in overeducation incidence across countries with different educational systems and labour market institutions. She is currently expanding her research lines to other stages of the education system and other research frameworks like the critical political economy of skills and the broader life course analysis. She is also interested in improving the impact of her research findings and in developing activities to engage the non-academic community.



- ESRC - IAA Engaging local and regional LLL policy makers in Glasgow City Region and Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire Region (March 2017 - February 2018)


Co-supervising (10%) PhD students:

- Alice Aldinucci 

- Paulina Bravo Contreras


Queralt Capsada has particiapted as a Teaching Assistant in several undergraduate courses during her predoctoral training at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) (Barcelona, Spain), detailed as follows:

- Quantitative Social Reseach Methods, BA in Labour Studies, 2012/13, UPF.

- Sociology of Work, BA in Labour Studies, 2012/13, UPF.

- Introduction to Sociology, BA in Political Science, 2010/11, UPF.

- Statistics, BA in Criminology and Prevention Policies, 2010/11, UPF.

Additional information

Queralt Capsada has also participated in consultancy projects for international organisations, government agencies and non-profit institutions related to her research interests. Some of them are:

- Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD.

The Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency, AQU Catalunya.

- Fundació Jaume Bofill, Barcelona.

- The Catalan Institute for Policy Evaluation, Barcelona.


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