+34 91 542 28 00 Contact arrow 02

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • YouTube

ico intranet 

1equipo catedra migraciones
The Chair in Forced Migrants and Refugees has been set up thanks to the support of INDITEX.



José Manuel Aparicio Malo

Technical Architect from the Technical University of Madrid. He received Licentiate Degrees in Theology from the University of Northern Spain, Burgos campus, and in Morals from the Higher Institute of Moral Sciences of Redemptorists. José has a doctorate in Theology from Comillas Pontifical University with the subject «The concept of citizenship considered from the Social Doctrine of the Church». Currently, he is a lecturer of Social Morals at the Faculty of Theology and lecturer of diverse subject areas on the master's program on Migration Studies. He is also the coordinator of the Human Mobility Forum for the Spanish Episcopal Conference. His lines of research include: migration and citizenship; symbolic dimension of human mobility; political dimension of migrations; pastoral and migrations religious dimension of migrations; migration and development; migration and poverty; refuge.


Alberto Ares

Alberto got his PhD in International Migration and Development Cooperation from Comillas Pontifical University. He is specialized in Social Ethics and a holder of a Licentiate Degree in Sacred Theology from Boston College, a Licentiate Degree in Economics and Business Administration with specialization in Business Management (University of Valladolid), and a Licentiate Degree in Ecclesiastical Studies from Comillas Pontifical University. Currently, Alberto is a delegate of the Social Sector of the Provinces of Spain of the Society of Jesus and a collaborator and researcher associated to the University Institute of Studies on Migration (Comillas Pontifical University). His lines of research include: international migrations; migration and integration; migration and consumption; migration and religion; migrations and development; forced migration and refugees.

rut bermejo

Rut Bermejo

Dr. Rut Bermejo is a senior lecturer at the Rey Juan Carlos University and director of the Master's Degree in Forensic Profiles of Criminal Danger (URJC). She holds a Licentiate Degree in Law (UCM) and a Licentiate Degree in Political Science and Sociology (UNED). She also holds a Master's Degree in Politics from the University of Warwick, a diploma in Applied Social Research and Data Analysis from the Center of Sociological Research (CIS), and a Doctorate (European Doctorate Mention) from the URJC in 2007. She currently teaches undergraduate Political Science and Public Administration (in-class and semi-distance learning) and undergraduate International Relations (bilingual). She also teaches graduate students Security, Crisis and Emergency Management (URJC-IUOG) and graduate level Strategic Management of Public Security. She is specialized in subjects relating to the European Area of Justice and Affairs and has previously collaborated with the Elcano Royal Institute (2005-2008). She is currently collaborating with the Intelligence Center against Terrorism and Organized Crime (CITCO) on implementing a National Strategy Plan against Violent Radicalization. She continues to participate in different European projects funded by the European Commission and on national projects funded by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competition. She was also a visiting researcher at the University of Nottingham (2008) and a visiting researcher (Pre-PhD) at the LSE. She was an associate lecturer at the University of Burgos (2001-2004) and had a Research Scholarship from the General Gutiérrez Mellado University Institute, UNED (1999-2001).

gonzalo fanjul

Gonzalo Fanjul

Gonzalo is a researcher and poverty activist. He is currently in charge of the political analysis area of ISGlobal and works with the PorCausa Foundation (investigative journalism against poverty). He is a researcher associated to the Center of Research and Studies on Coherence and Development (CIECODE), the main author of the UNICEF-Innocenti Report Card 12 on child poverty in wealthy countries and a collaborator on the migrations program at the Center for Global Development. After a period of time working for a local rural development organization in Cuzco (Peru), he joined the Oxfam Intermón campaign team, leading the Research Area and different political teams of Oxfam International for over a decade.

He spent a year at the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he undertook postgraduate studies and collaborated with Lant Pritchett on migration and development research. This work has been used in the think tank + Social, focusing on the migration model reform. His professional career includes the design and management of research projects of the Oxfam International campaigns Comercio con Justicia and CRECE, that have been rolled out in over 50 countries around the world since 2002. Over those years, he has authored different publications in the field of international migrations, development aid, global health, international commerce, food and agriculture markets, Spanish foreign policy, and child poverty. He regularly collaborates with the written and audiovisual media, and is an author and coeditor of El País 3500 Millones blog, which received the 2012 FAO Award.


Mercedes Fernández

Mercedes holds a Licentiate Degree in Law (1989), was a Business Legal Advisor (1989) has a PhD in Economics and Business Administration, and Business Administration branch (1999) from Comillas Pontifical University. Her professional experience started in the field of financial auditing at Price Waterhouse. She has been a lecturer since 1992 in the Department of Operations Management at the ICAI School of Engineering of the Comillas Pontifical University of Madrid, where she teaches the Financial and Cost Analysis Module. In 2000, she joined the University Institute of Studies on Migration as researcher and took charge of the center in 2012.


Cristina Gortázar Rotaeche

Cristina is a Professor of International Law, European Law, and International Relations at Comillas Pontifical University of Madrid, and a lecturer in Asylum and Refugee Law. Since 2000 she has been the Spanish National expert in the Odysseus Network (Academic Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe), and in 2002 was appointed to a Jean Monnet Chair on European Union Immigration and Asylum Law. From 2002 to 2007 she served as Vice-Rector for International Relations and Extension Programs at the University, and from 2007 to 2012 she was the Director of the University Institute for Migrations Studies. She is a noted expert on European Immigration and Asylum Law, having authored, co-authored, and edited some 60 publications, and hundreds of conference papers.


Sebastián Mora Rosado

Sebastián holds a Licentiate Degree in Philosophy from Comillas Pontifical University and a Master's Degree in Executive Management of For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Institutions. He also has vast experience of working in the area of social action. He is part of Diocesan Caritas of Madrid, where for fifteen years he has undertaken the following responsibilities: coordinator of Apartments for Patients with HIV/AIDS (Pisos de Acogida para Enfermos de VIH/Sida), coordinator of the Volunteering Area, director of a Treatment Center with substitute opiates, head of the Institutional Coordination Area, head of Communication and External relations, and subdirector of Caritas of Vicariate V. Furthermore, he has taught several courses and given numerous talks at national and international forums relating to the third sector and not-for-profit institutions. Sebastián is the author of countless articles that have appeared in specialist magazines and he is currently the general secretary of Caritas Spain, the executive director of the FOESSA Foundation, and the vice-president the Third Sector Platform (Plataforma Del Tercer Sector). Additionally, he is a member of the Executive Committee of Caritas Europe (based in Brussels) and a member of the Representative Council of Caritas Internationalis (based in Rome).

Carlos Prieto

Carlos Prieto

Carlos has a Law degree and studied in two postgraduate programs, one on International Migrations and the other on Public Policy, Development, and Poverty. He started working for the Service for Solidarity and Development Cooperation (Comillas Solidaria) at Comillas Pontifical University in 2002 and became director in 2006. Comillas Solidaria is responsible for fostering the social commitment of the university's student body. The service aims to integrate human and professional training with direct volunteering experience, and with deep consideration of and commitment to the reality. It does this with local and international programs. Carlos' professional experience includes practicing as a lawyer in the area of social exclusion (criminal law, employment law and immigration law) and the management and assessment of the impact of international cooperation projects. He coordinated the editing of the book, Bicentenary of Independence in Latin America: building the present and future, coedited in 2011 by Comillas Pontifical University and the National Overcoming Poverty in Chile Foundation (FSP). Carlos is married with three children.

fernando vidal

Fernando Vidal

Fernando holds a Doctorate in Sociology from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is a full-time lecturer of Psychology and Social Work at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, director of the University Institute of Family Studies and researcher at the University Institute of Studies on Migration of Comillas Pontifical University. He has participated and led research projects of the National Plan of R&D&I and has worked on research projects with diverse public and private institutions such as: the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Education and Science, Community of Madrid, Community of Valencia, Council of Andalusia, INJUVE, Encuentro Foundation, Civitas Foundation, Center of Research for Peace, Center of Educational Research, BBVA Foundation, Council of Madrid, Council of Alcobendas, Council of Seville, Council of Santiago de Compostela, SM Foundation, Pluralismo y Convivencia Foundation, Ceimigra Foundation, FERE, CONFER, FOESSA Foundation, Oblatas, Cáritas Spain, Cáritas-Basque Country, Cáritas-Badajoz.


Dani Villanueva

Dani is a Jesuit and has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Moral Theology (Boston College), Bachelor of Ecclesiastical Studies (U.P. Comillas), and Information Systems Engineer (University of Valladolid), as well as an MBA (Georgetown and ESADE). He has postgraduate degrees in Humanitarian Aid (Fordham University), and in Leadership, Innovation, and NGO Management (ESADE). His main lines of expertise are Jesuit international networking, digital communication, development cooperation, and education. He has worked with Fe y Alegría and the Jesuit Refugee Service in Peru, Liberia and Kenya. Between 2008 and 2011 he was the coordinator of the Entreculturas Africa Department, assuming the position of Deputy Director in September 2012. Since January 2015, he has been leading the Entreculturas team as General Director of the organization. He is responsible for the Social Sector Cooperation Area of ​​the Company of Jesus in Spain, patron of ALBOAN and the ICAI Foundation for Development and member of international governing bodies such as the Federation of Fe y Alegría, Red Javier, Jesuit Digital Network, and Georgetown University.


Utilizamos cookies propias y de terceros para mejorar nuestros servicios, mediante el análisis de sus hábitos de navegación. Si continúa navegando, consideramos que acepta su uso. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

  I accept cookies from this site.
EU Cookie Directive plugin by www.channeldigital.co.uk