Transdisciplinary research on contemporary social challenges


Crossing Borders to Connect Routes. Researching with educational communities to promote equity and fight racism towards immigrants in a post-pandemic world.

March 2022 – April 2025

Supported by: Spencer Foundation, Racial Equity Special Research Grant

This project explores a once-in-a-lifetime topic across five countries on three continents: the deepening of educational inequities affecting racialized and minoritized migrants around the world in the context of COVID-19. Based on a transnational case study using participatory research techniques, our analysis will not only yield constructive insights into the emergent literature on inequalities associated with COVID-19 but also contribute to identifying and transfering new approaches to fostering equity through policy and practice. The research is led by Nodes research group at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, with the participation of five more universities: University of New York (USA), University of Wisconsin (USA), University of Malta (Malta), Federal University of Goiás (Brazil), University of the Republic (Uruguay). The project is coordinated by Dr. Amalia Creus and Dr. Adriana Ornellas. 

Migrant Youths’ Educational and Urban Trajectories in Times of Pandemic: Contributions to reduce Inequity and Segregation (MyWay).

September 2022 – July 2025

Supported by: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Gobierno de España

National case study that explores the deepening of educational inequities that affect non-European young migrants in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain. Based on a qualitative approach that uses narrative methodologies and participatory research techniques, this study interrelates three relevant social phenomena: 1) the impact of this global crisis on the education of young migrants; 2) the deepening of urban and educational segregation; and 3) the ecosystem of social discourses and anti-immigration narratives that have accompanied the development of the pandemic. The project is coordinated by Dr. Amalia Creus and Dr. Gabriela Fauth. 

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