Joan Miquel Verd Pericàs (Director)

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Joan Miquel Verd Pericàs

Associate professor

Professor of Sociology and Research Methods at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).

BA in Political Science and Sociology (1994) and in Economics and Business Studies (1996) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). PhD in Sociology (2002), with the thesis entitled “Itinerario biográfico, recursos formativos y empleo. Una aproximación integrada de carácter teórico y metodológico” (Biographic trajectory, training resources and employment. A theoretical and methodological integrated approach).

He is the director of the Sociological Research Centre on Everyday Life and Work (QUIT) at the UAB since 2013 and a member of the Institute for Labour Studies (IET) since its foundation in 2011.

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Departament de Sociologia
Campus UAB- Edifici B
08193 Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona)

Despatx B3b/061

+34 93 581 2404
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Areas of specialization

His research interests are placed on the fields of sociology of labour and research methods.

In the first of these two fields his research has focused on the relations between employment and social protection; the labour market trajectories of the employed population, and particularly of the young population; the organization of work processes; the role of social capital and social networks in the labour market; and in the relationship between training, competencies and employment.

Methodologically, his interests are focused on narrative and biographic analysis; the analysis of texts and discourse; social network analysis; mixed designs and methods; the use of computer tools in qualitative analyses; and on ethnographic approaches to work.

Selected bibliography

Bolíbar, M., Verd, J. M., & Barranco, O. (2019). The Downward Spiral of Youth Unemployment: An Approach Considering Social Networks and Family Background. Work, Employment and Society33(3), 401–421.

Verd, J.M., Barranco, O. & Bolíbar, M. Youth unemployment and employment trajectories in Spain during the Great Recession: what are the determinants?. J Labour Market Res 53, 4 (2019).

Rodríguez-Soler, J., & Verd, J. M. (2017). El diseño y despliegue del sistema de garantía juvenil en España. Un análisis documental. Revista Española De Sociología27(3).

Vacchiano, Mattia; Martí, Joel; Yepes-Cayuela, Lidia y Verd, Joan Miquel (2018). «Las redes personales en la inserción laboral juvenil en tiempos de crisis. Un análisis en Barcelona». Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas, 161: 121-140. (

Kuznik, A., Verd, J. M., & Olalla-Soler, C. (2016). Mixed methods, mixed tools: The use of computer software for integrated qualitative and quantitative analysis. Journal of Research Design and Statistics in Linguistics and Communication Science3(1), 76–109.

Martí López-Andreu & Joan Miquel Verd (2016) Employment instability and economic crisis in Spain: what are the elements that make a difference in the trajectories of younger adults?, European Societies, 18:4, 315-335, DOI: 10.1080/14616696.2016.1207791

Bolíbar, M., Martí, J., & Verd, J. M. (2015). Just a question of time? The composition and evolution of immigrants’ personal networks in Catalonia. International Sociology30(6), 579–598.

Lozares, C., Verd, J.M., Cruz, I. et al. Homophily and heterophily in personal networks. From mutual acquaintance to relationship intensity. Qual Quant 48, 2657–2670 (2014).

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