This dimension focuses on research that emphasizes the role of political socialization, citizen formation and pro-social behavior in the development of social cohesion. In particular, are studied the links of these phenomena with participation, collective action, social change, the spatial interactions of these in the territory and the evolution of the institutional structures that condition them.


University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States.

Constance Flanagan is Vaughan Bascom Professor in Women, Family and Community and Associate Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology.

Professor Flanagan obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Michigan and her research is focused on examining the factors that motivate civic engagement, with special interest in young people. This is the focus of his most recent book, "Teenage Citizens: The Political Theories of the Young" (2013, Harvard University Press), which received the 2014 Best authored Book Award from the Society for Research on Adolescence. Her research has been published in specialized journals such as Developmental Psychology, Journal of Social and Political Psychology, and Journal of Research on Adolescence. At the same time, she has a continuing interest in public discussion about participation, civic engagement education, and youth.

This dimension is interested in research that analyzes intergroup relations, contact, strong (primary) and weak (secondary) ties of people in relation with attitudes and behaviors and their role in generating more cohesive societies, taking into account the territorial context and their spatial dynamics.


University of Leuven, Belgium

Karen Phalet is Ph.D. in Psychology from the Catholic University of Louvain. She has been an academic at the Utrecht University and Nijmegen University , before joining as full-time professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Louvain. She is also a researcher at the European Research Center on Migration and Ethnic Relations, an associate editor of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. In 2013 she was awarded for her contributions to social and cultural psychology by the Society for Social Psychology and Personality.

Her areas of interest are framed within social psychology, including intergroup contact, conflict, acculturation, multiculturalism and identity. In her prolific career, she has published more than 30 articles in specialized journals on topics related to intergroup contact, ethnic identity, acculturation and intercultural relationships in high impact journals such as Social Psychology and Personality Science, British Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Social Psychology, and Political Psycholgy.


Michigan State University, United States.

Keith Hampton is Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto and professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. Previously, he has been faculty member of Rutgers University, University of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and visiting scholar at Renmin University (China) and John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He has received multiple awards and distinctions for his academic contributions. These include the CITASA Paper Award of Communication and Information Technology section of the American Sociological Association (2011 and 2015), the Outstanding Article Award of the International Communication Association (2012) and the Walter Benjamin Award for Outstanding Articles in Media Ecology by the Media Ecology Association (2011).

His analytical interests focus on social networks, community and urban sociology and new technologies. His research emphasizes the relationship between new communication and information technologies (TICs), social networks, democratic engagement and the urban environment. His recent projects focus on studying social isolation, well-being, acceptance of diversity and interactions made possible by new technologies. He has published dozens of articles, several of them in prestigious journals such as Annual Review of Sociology, Urban Studies, Information, Communication & Society, among others.
This dimension concentrates on research that highlights the role of the individual, his subjectivity and the recognition and linking with other throught the notion of identity. It also invites research on memory, heritage and the influence of history in the construction of collective, ethnic and territorial identities. It emphasizes the role of identity and alterity in social cohesion.


University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom.

Stephen Reicher is Ph.D. in Psychology of the University of Bristol, Professor of Social Psychology at St. Andrews University and a member of the University's Sustainability Institute.

His research focuses in the group behavior and the relations between individual and society. He is an authority on social identity theory, highlighting his research on the psychology of crowds and their behavior. This approach criticizes the traditional visions based on irrationality and violence. He has published dozens of specialized papers in specialized journals, authored three books and received several awards for his work.