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University Institute of Family Studies

The family is the fundamental community of society


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Students working together
Students working together

Our Mission

The University Institute of Family Studies, founded in 1984, has as its mission to research, teach, intervene and publicly reflect on the family as a fundamental community of society, paying special attention to those situations in which the family suffers from vulnerabilities.

We innovate programmes for families, children and the elderly and reflect on the role of the family and the home in society, especially among those who suffer from vulnerabilities.

The way of working of the institute is interdisciplinary and integrates collaborations from all the departments of Comillas Pontifical University, related to the areas of Engineering and New Information Technologies, Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Education, Law, Economics and Business, International Relations, Migrations, Development Cooperation and Theology and Canon Law.

Director of the University Institute of the Family Ana Berástegui Pedro-Viejo
Ana Berástegui Pedro-Viejo
Director of the University Institute of Family Studies

We do research to help transform the world

The organisation

Meet the team that makes up the institute. They make all their activities available to families.

Sharing and disseminating


Discover the programmes and initiatives where the institute shares its knowledge and research to put them at the service of families.

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If you haven't had the chance to see the conferences, lectures or talks live, take the opportunity, this is your place.

Lines of research

These are our main lines of research, thanks to which we bring value to families.

  • Family and child protection

  • Family and disability

  • Family and pastoral accompaniment

  • Family and parenting in difficult contexts

  • Family and social vulnerability

  • Family and work

  • Family and school

More activities on Research

Discover all the activities of the IUF; its lines of research and publications with the aim of helping families as a fundamental part of society.


Latest news

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10 May 2024
Grandparents are a key figure in parenting around the world

Francis Sichimba, lecturer at the University of Zambia, presented the study "Grandparental involvement in childcare: comparison between Zambia and Europe", part of the Rise in Family project

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19 December 2023
The importance of grandparents for today's families

The University Institute of the Family and the Abanca Afundación-ICADE chair of Longevity, Economy and Society highlighted the role of the elderly with a conference

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Comillas CIHS

Cantoblanco Campus

Since its foundation, the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences, Theology and Canon Law at Comillas Pontifical University have had the vocation to promote humanism and plurality.

It is defined by its desire to train people capable of taking thought and ideas to the highest levels, and to give them the necessary skills to be useful and improve life in the complex world in which we live.

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Cantoblanco Campus