Universitat de Barcelona


GREECS – Research Group in Socio-Economic Ethics and Epistemology of Social Sciences is a research group based at the Department of Sociology, in the Faculty of Economics of the University of Barcelona. The University of Barcelona is the first Spanish university among the best 156 best World universities (QS World University Ranking 2018). The Faculty of Economics and its Department of Sociology are considered of the most renowned in Spain. In particular, GREECS – Research Group in Socio-Economic Ethics and Epistemology of Social Sciences is a research group based at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Barcelona which includes members from France, Argentina, and Spain, of various major research institutions of each country and has been recognized as Official Research Group by the Spanish Ministery of Education.  GREECS develops its research activity in a twofold direction: in socio-economic ethics and in political-institutional analysis. It has been leading different research projects during several years in this double approach. From 2014 to 2017, GREECS researchers has been involved in five competitive research projects (two of them as main researchers), published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers (25 indexed, 6 Q2 (JCR) and 4 Q3, JCR), seven books, more than 20 book chapters, and more than 70 communications in congresses, workshops and seminars.

Team members

Bru Laín (Barcelona, 1982) holds a Degree in Sociology (2010), a Postgraduate in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (2012), and a Master in Political Sciences (2011). He has been a pre-doc invited researcher at the Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy of the Concordia University (Montreal, 2014) and at the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics of the University of Brighton (Brighton, 2015), and a post-doc at the Chair Hoover d’éthique économique et sociale of the Université Catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, 2017). He is affiliate professor at the Department of Social Sciences of the ELISAVA – Pompeu Fabra University, and of Sociology of the University of Barcelona where he obtained his PhD in 2016 supervised by the professor Peter Wagner as a Junior European Researcher. His work deals with the interrelations and the connections linking political economy, political philosophy and public policies. He is particularly interested on the different interpretations of property rights –public, private and common– and their historical and normative dimensions, as well as on the republican thought, inequalities and distributive justice theories, basic income and minimum income schemes –topics he has published and lectured about both at public and academic level. He teaches regularly Sociology and Political Philosophy at the University of Barcelona, and Introduction to Economics at ELISAVA, whilst has also been invited professor at the Universidad Nacional de Ecuador (2017), the University of Leeds (2018) and the McGill University (2018). He is currently Research Fellow at the Universal Basic Income Experiments (UBIEXP) research project conducted by the Centre of Ethics, Politics and Society of the University of Minho, Portugal.