Governing team

Javier Lafuente - Rector

Dr Javier Lafuente
Professor of Chemical Engineering


  • Highest academic authority and legal and institutional representative of the university.
  • Exercise leadership, governance and management of the university, developing lines of action approved by the corresponding collegial bodies, and implementation of agreements. More specifically, the powers and competences of the rector are set out in Article 75 of the UAB Statutes.
  • Presidency of the University Senate, of the Governing Council, of the Governing Team and of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Foundation.

Edifici A, plaça Acadèmica, 08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)
+34 93 5812222

Brief Curriculum Vitae
Javier Lafuente is University Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He graduated in Chemical Sciences, specialising in Technical Chemistry, in 1982, and obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering with cum laude in 1988. He has carried out research stays at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Dr Lafuente is director of the BIO-GLS Technology Centre for the Comprehensive Treatment of Gaseous Emissions, Liquid Effluents and Solid Waste, which forms part of the TECNIO network, and is head of the consolidated research group for the Biological Treatment of Liquid and Gaseous Effluents and the Elimination of Nutrients, Odours and Volatile Organic Compounds (GENOCOV). The research group he heads has specialised in the development of biological treatment systems for liquid, solid and gaseous effluents.

Dr Lafuente is the author of 141 publications in indexed journals with over 3,500 citations and an h- index of 35. He has directed most of the more than 60 national and European research projects with companies in which he has participated. He has supervised 12 doctoral theses and numerous end-of-degree projects. He has also created two environmental spin-off companies for the application of cutting-edge technologies in the treatment of effluents.

Dr Lafuente has been director of the Department of Chemical Engineering (2004-2010) and Vice-Rector of Innovation and Strategic Projects (from 2016 to 2020). He has also been coordinator of the degree in Chemical Engineering and Rector’s Delegate at the Polytechnic University School of the Environment (EUPMA) in Mollet del Vallés. He has also been a member of the Economy and Organisation and International Relations committees on the UAB Governing Council. He is a member of various teaching-staff and research-project assessment committees.

Javier Lafuente’s CV on ORCID

Esther Zapater - Secretaria general

Dr Esther Zapater
Senior Lecturer in Law


  • Attesting to the university's acts and agreements.
  • Assisting the rector in university organisation and administration tasks. 
  • Writing and safeguarding the minutes of the Senate, the Governing Council, and the Governing Team, and certifying agreements made.
  • Directing the General Registry, safeguarding the General Archive and the university seal and issuing the certificates required.
  • Promoting e-administration and records management.
  • Presiding the university's General Electoral Board.
  • Ensuring publication of the university's agreements and resolutions.
  • Coordinating the campus safety and security services.
  • Responsible for the Legal Office and the Office of Institutional Coordination.
  • Coordinating and promoting the transparency portal.
  • Responsible for equality and inclusion policy, including the services directly involved, such as the UAB Observatory for Equality.
  • Coordinating and promoting university social responsibility.
  • Responsible for data protection policy.

Brief Curriculum Vitae
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Law and Legal History Studies at the UAB. Since 1992 she has taught in the faculties of Political Science, Law and Economics and Business. She is currently director of the ERJAIDI (SGR) research group on the study of the European Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, director of the Institute of Law and Technology (IDT-UAB), co-director of the CICAC-UAB Chair of the Social and Economic Observatory of Justice and a member of the Women and Rights group at the UAB Faculty of Law.

In terms of research activity, she has worked on issues of energy policy and the EU's foreign action; in recent years, she has focused on immigration policy, on the trafficking of goods and human beings and on issues of gender, law and technology. She has published in these areas as well as directing doctoral theses. She has also participated in regional, national and European projects, four of which are within the framework of the H2020.

Dr Zapater has also participated in research projects at the European University Institute in Florence, the International University Institute in Luxembourg and the University of Bologna and has taught as a visiting professor at several European universities (Panthéon-Assas University, Moscow State Law Academy, Toulouse 1 University Capitole, University of Stirling).

She has been Vice-Dean for Students and International Relations and Dean of the Faculty of Law, and an elected member of the University Senate and the Student and International-Relations Committees on the Governing Council.

María Valdés - Vicerectora d'Estudis i d'Innovació Docent

Dr María Valdés
Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology


  • Map of degree courses and policy on programming bachelor's degrees and official master's degrees (in coordination with the Office of the vice-rector for Quality and Academic Certification).
  • Policy on programming UAB-specific studies.
  • Responsible for programmes of innovation in teaching and training for academic staff.
  • Academic coordination of schools affiliated to the UAB.
  • Director and attestor of the Graduate School.

Presiding over the Governing Council commissions:
Academic Affairs Commission

Brief Curriculum Vitae
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the UAB Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology. She lectures teaches both in undergraduate and postgraduate subjects related, above all, to her area of specialisation, which is the history of anthropology. Her research career and the publications deriving from it focus on three areas: the systematisation of thought in some of the discipline's most referential authors; the historical study of anthropological concepts and the reading of ethnographic and discipline-based texts.

Dr Valdés has published numerous articles and books and is currently carrying out her research within the framework of the GETP-GRAFO research group (a Generalitat de Catalunya Stable Research Group), of which she has been a member since 2003.

As regards university administration, she has been degree coordinator, secretary and director of department, coordinator of the official postgraduate programme in Social and Cultural Studies, and a member of the Academic Affairs Committee and the UAB Sub-Committee on Degrees. She has also been coordinator of the Spanish Committee for the Degree in Anthropology (CEGA) and the Committee for the Professionalisation of Anthropology (CPA). Over the last four years, she has been Delegate for Academic Programming and Quality, Rector's Commissioner for the Graduate School and Teaching Quality and Vice-Rector for Academic Programming and Quality.

Maite Carrassón - Vicerectora de Qualitat i d'Acreditació Acadèmica

Dr Maite Carrassón
Senior Lecturer in Zoology


  • Map of degree courses and policy on programming bachelor's degrees and official master's degrees (in coordination with the office of the vice-rector for Studies and Innovation in Teaching).
  • Processes of verification, monitoring, modification and accreditation of official studies.
  • Process for certifying the internal quality assurance system of the institution and the centres.
  • Programming the teaching for bachelor's degrees and official master's degrees and academic assignment (in coordination with the office of the vice-rector for Academic Staff).
  • Processes for assessing the teaching activity of the teaching staff.

Presiding over the Governing Council commissions:
Commission on Quality

Brief Curriculum Vitae
Senior Lecturer in Zoology at the UAB Faculty of Biosciences, Dr Carrassón is a member of the consolidated research group on Fish Pathology and Health (PISP), coordinator of the official inter-university master's degree in Aquaculture, coordinator of the inter-university doctoral programme in Aquaculture and member of the Teaching Committee for the degree in Environmental Biology.

Dr Carrassón has participated in over twenty national and international research projects in the field of marine biology, in seven of which she was the principal investigator. Her research has been directed to the biology and trophic and reproductive ecology of fish, and has, in recent years, focused on applied aspects of fish health as indicators of environmental quality. As a result of this activity, she has published over 45 indexed articles. She has been the scientific director of the Fish Diseases Diagnosis Service (SDPP) since 2009 and has been responsible for over 25 R+D contracts with companies and administrations.

She has undertaken stays at the Department of Microbiology and Parasitology of the School of Molecular and Microbial Sciences (University of Queensland), at the Institute of Parasitology Biology Centre CAS (Czech Academy of Sciences), at the Torre de la Sal Institute of Aquaculture (CSIC) and the Institute of Marine Sciences (CSIC).

She has been head of the Zoology Unit (1998-2004), secretary (2000-2004) and director (2004-2007) of the Department of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology, member of the UAB University Senate (1997-2007), member of the UAB Governing council (2000-2002) and of the UAB Governing Council (2002-2007), member of the Teaching-Staff Policy Committee (1998-2000), member of the Biology-Teaching Committee (1994-1996), member of the committee in the Faculty of Biosciences that drew up the curriculum for the degree in Environmental Biology, member of the Faculty of Biosciences Evaluation Committee (2011-2012), vice-coordinator of the degree in Environmental Biology (2011-2013), vice-coordinator of the master's degree in Terrestrial Ecology and Biodiversity Management (2008-2013) and Rector's Commissioner for Teaching Programmes (2016-2020). She has been an evaluator for AGAUR and ANEP.

Maite Carrassón's CV on ORCID

Armand Sánchez - vr Recerca i Transferència

Dr Armand Sánchez
Professor of Animal Production


  • Policy on research, transfer and research staff.
  • Coordinating the UAB research units.
  • Relations with the research centres that have their own legal personality and are affiliated to the UAB or with UAB participation.

Presiding over the Governing Council commissions: 

  • Commission for Doctoral Studies. 
  • Commission for Research. 

Brief Curriculum Vitae
Professor of Animal Production in the Department of Animal and Food Science at the UAB, he has been deputy director of the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG, CSIC-IRTA-UAB-UB consortium), director of the Veterinary Molecular Genetics Service (SVGM), member of the TECNIO d’ACCIÓ network, head of the consolidated research group on Veterinary Molecular Genetic Improvement, and is founder of Vetgenomics, the first technology-based company (TBC) at the UAB.

He has directed 25 doctoral theses, has participated as a principal investigator in 35 research projects—both national and European—in the field of animal genomics, and has been responsible for over 80 R&D contracts with companies and administrations. His research focuses on the genetic characterisation of properties of productive interest and the development of new analytical tools for veterinary molecular diagnosis. He has published 191 indexed articles and has undertaken stays at the University of Edinburgh, I.N.R.A Jouy-en-Josas (France) and the University of California at Davis. He has been a member of the CNEAI and vice-president of the Spanish Society of Genetics.

He is an elected member of the University Senate, the Governing Council and the UAB Committee for the Transfer of Knowledge and Strategic Projects. He has been a member of the Board of Teaching and Research Staff, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Director of the Department of Animal and Food Science, Rector's Delegate for Personnel and Relations with Social Stakeholders (2002-2008) and Vice-Rector for Research and Transference (2016-2020).

Armand Sánchez's CV on ORCID

Rosa María Sebastián - vr Innovació i Projectes Estratègics

Dr Rosa María Sebastián
Professor of Organic Chemistry


  • Policies for promoting innovation and monitoring of strategic projects.
  • Executive directorship of the UAB Research Park.
  • Relations with the business and social fabric of the region on questions of innovation.
  • Coordinating the scientific and technical services.
  • Responsible for the Library Service and the Publications Service.
  • Responsible for the Quality Assurance Unit. 

Presiding over the Governing Council commissions: 
Commission for Knowledge Transfer and Strategic Projects.

Brief Curriculum Vitae
Professor of the Department of Chemistry within the Area of Organic Chemistry, PhD in Chemistry from the UAB, Professor Sebastián carried out a postdoctoral stay at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (CNRS, Strasbourg) and later returned to the UAB through a Generalitat de Catalunya contract aimed at reincorporating PhD holders into Catalan universities. She was then awarded a position through the Ramon y Cajal Programme in 2001. Since January 2006 she has held a permanent post at the UAB.

Her research has evolved from the synthetic study of small molecules through to macromolecules, on to the preparation of polymeric materials, and has given rise to over 73 indexed scientific articles and three patents. She has participated in 12 national and European projects and six scientific networks. She currently coordinates a consolidated funded research group. She has supervised nine doctoral theses and is currently supervising seven theses that are now being written. In terms of knowledge transfer, she has taken part in four competitive projects and 15 contracts with companies, resulting in over twelve patents currently in use, two industrial doctorates and a National Research Prize in Public-Private Partnership between the UAB and Henkel KGaA & Co. She has also taken part in three teaching innovation projects that have given rise to nine articles.

She has been head of the Organic Chemistry Unit, secretary of the Department of Chemistry, member of the standing committees of the Faculty of Sciences and the Section of Chemistry, and member of the Department of Chemistry’s PhD Committee.

Rosa María Sebastián’s CV on ORCID

Josep Vendrell - Vr Organització

Dr Josep Vendrell
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


  • Planning the organisational structure and processes.
  • Coordinating with the Area of Digital Transformation and Organisation.
  • Relations with the PAS Board and the PAS Works Council.
  • Coordinating the training plans for UAB staff.
  • Responsible for prevention and workplace health.

Brief Curriculum Vitae
Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, he has undertaken stays at the ETH-Hönggerberg in Zurich (postdoctoral stay), Portsmouth Polytechnic (United Kingdom), the Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) and the Ramón y Cajal Hospital (Madrid). He has been involved in the teaching of a dozen distinct degrees.

Professor Vendrell’s research focuses on the field of protein structure, function and engineering. As principal researcher or collaborator, he has participated in 35 research projects, six of which are international, and has supervised 11 doctoral theses. He has also been a referee for approximately 20 indexed journals. His research activity has given rise to around 90 publications, generating an h-index of 29.

He is a member of the UAB University Senate and Governing Council and has been Dean of the Faculty of Biosciences. He has also participated in a range of administrative tasks at ANECA and AQU.

Josep Vendrell’s CV on ORCID

Francisco Morente - Vr Personal Acadèmic

Dr Francisco Morente
Senior Lecturer in Contemporary History


  • Policy on provision and promotion of academic staff.
  • Defining and monitoring the catalogue of teaching and research staff (PDI) positions.
  • Defining and monitoring the UAB's academic career model.
  • Defining and monitoring the academic workload distribution model for teaching staff.
  • Relations with the PDI Board and the PDI Works Council. 

Presiding over the Governing Council commissions:
Commission for Academic Staff.

Brief Curriculum Vitae
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern and Contemporary History, he is coordinator of the inter-university master's degree in Contemporary History.

Dr Morente's research focuses on fascism in the inter-war period, particularly on ideological aspects, as well as on the educational and youth policies of the fascist regimes. He has also worked on the history of intellectuals during Spain's Second Republic and Francoism, and on the international aspects of the Spanish Civil War. As part of his research activity, he was a visiting professor at the State University of New York (2012).

As a researcher, he has participated in approximately 15 funded research projects, five of these as principal investigator. Since 2009, he has been the coordinator of the consolidated research group Grupo de Estudios República y Democracia. He is also a founding member of the Inter-University Seminar for Researchers into Fascism (SIdIF). He has been secretary of the journal Rubrica Contemporanea, for which he is now director. He has been an evaluator for AGAUR, as well as a referee for the main Spanish academic journals within his speciality. In 1993, he won second prize in the National Education Awards in the category of 2Academic career in educational research and innovation”, awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. He is the author of four research books, has edited five others, and has published over 40 articles and book chapters.

Dr Morente has been Secretary and Director of the Department of Modern and Contemporary History (2003-2005 and 2005-2010, respectively), member of the UAB Governing Council (2005-2010) and of the UAB University Senate (2005-2010). From 2016-2020, he was Vice-Rector for Academic Staff (2016-2020).

Francisco Morente’s CV on ORCID

Anabel Galán - vr Alumnat i Ocupabilitat

Dr Anabel Galán
Senior Lecturer in Translation and Interpreting


  • Policies on equal opportunities.
  • Attention to persons with specific educational needs.
  • Employability and entrepreneurial competences.
  • Student involvement.
  • Community activation.
  • Social grants for access to studies and progression.
  • Responsible for the Student Disability Service (PIUNE), the Employment Service, the Physical Activity Service and the Alumni UAB network. 

Brief Curriculum Vitae
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Translation and Interpretation and East Asian Studies, Dr Galán has undertaken postdoctoral stays in Ireland (University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Galway; in the United Kingdom (University College London, Imperial College London) and in Brazil (Federal University of Santa Catarina and Federal University of Goiás).

She has focused her research on the didactics of translation and has researched into the acquisition of translation competence, teaching and learning methodologies, evaluation, transversal and entrepreneurial skills and attention to people with specific educational needs. She has participated in nine national and international research projects, an academic network and ten teaching-innovation projects. She is the author of 63 publications, 39 of which are in indexed journals.

Dr Galán is coordinator of the Entrepreneurship Committee in the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting and has been Vice-Dean for Professionalization and coordinator of the Enterprise project in the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting. Within the faculty, she was also responsible for staff and students with disabilities.

Anabel Galán’s CV on ORCID

Màrius Martínez - vr Relacions Internacionals

Dr Màrius Martínez
Senior Lecturer in Applied Education


  • Promoting international collaboration.
  • Interlocution with ECIU University.
  • Institutional relations with international bodies.
  • Policy of internationalisation of the university community. 
  • Policy on exchanges and mobility (incoming and outgoing).
  • Responsible for the Language Service.

Presiding over the Governing Council commissions:
Commission for International Relations and Language Policy.

Brief Curriculum Vitae
Senior Lecturer in Professional Orientation in the Department of Applied Pedagogy, Dr Martínez has taught on the degrees of Pedagogy, Educational Psychology and Social Education, on the Master's Degree in Teacher Training in Secondary Education and on the Master's Degree in Educational Psychology.

He has been a member of the School Council of Catalonia as a professional of recognised prestige in the field of education and collaborates with various institutions such as the Catalan Government’s Departments of Education and Justice, the Barcelona Provincial Council, various local administrations and the Jaume Bofill Foundation, as well as with many primary and secondary schools, among others.

His lines of research and transfer are related to professional orientation (of particular relevance in this area is his role as principal investigator in a project financed by the RecerCaixa programme), educational networks and learning communities. He has carried out teaching and knowledge transfer stays in universities in Belgium, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Chile and Nicaragua.

He has been an elected member of the UAB University Senate for several terms of office, coordinator of the degree in Social Education, Vice-Dean of Academic Planning, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Vice-Rector of International Relations. Whilst dean, he was also vice-president of the Spanish Conference of Deans and Directors of Teaching and Education.

Màrius Martínez’s CV on ORCID

Virginia Luzón - vr Comunicació i Promoció

Dr Virginia Luzón
Senior Lecturer in Audiovisual Communication and Advertising


  • Policy on communication and promotion.
  • Internal and external communication.
  • Policy on international projection of the UAB. 

Brief Curriculum Vitae
Senior Lecturer in Audiovisual Communication and Advertising at the UAB Faculty of Communication Studies, Dr Luzón has supervised 11 doctoral theses and has participated in six Spanish and European projects in the fields of communication and social sciences and, particularly, in research into gender. She is a project evaluator for ANEP and has been an external evaluator for studies at Cardiff University, Wales. She has been a guest lecturer at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine, and at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Her research is focused on the media, centring on aspects such as information, gender, youth and discourse in film and comics, on which she has produced a number of academic articles and books. In addition, she is a reviewer for specialist journals in her areas of expertise.

Dr Luzón has been Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Communication Studies (2010-2015), Assistant Director of the Department of Audiovisual Communication (2006-2009), elected member of the Board of Teaching and Research Staff (2005-2009) and Vice-Rector for Communication and Promotion (2016-2020). She was coordinator of the Image examinations for the PAU University-Entrance Exams (2006-2009) and has been coordinator of the Audiovisual-Culture examinations for the PAU University-Entrance Exams (since 2010). Dr Luzón is an elected member of the UAB University Senate.

Virginia Luzón’s CV on ORCID

Xavier Ramos - Vr Economia

Dr Xavier Ramos
Professor of Applied Economics


  • Drawing up and controlling the UAB budget.
  • Policies on financial management. 
  • Policy on finance and organisation of the UAB Foundation.
  • Policies on investment, logistics and infrastructure. 

Presiding over the Governing Council commissions:
Commission for Finances and Organisation.

Brief Curriculum Vitae
Professor in the Department of Applied Economics, Dr Ramos began teaching and research at the UAB at the end of the 1990s, after doing his doctorate at the University of Essex (United Kingdom).

His research attempts to better understand the origins and consequences of social inequality and poverty. His most recent projects study the inequality of opportunity and the intergenerational transmission of social advantage. This has led to the publication of approximately 40 academic articles (with an h-index of 20) and to participation in a range of projects funded by research agencies in several countries. He has directed 12 doctoral theses. Dr Ramos actively shares the conclusions and insight from his field of study with organisations and institutions that fight social inequality.

In the ambit of administration, Dr Ramos was director of postgraduate studies in Applied Economics for over a decade and was Vice-Dean of Postgraduate Studies at the Faculty of Economics and Business between 2012 and 2015. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Department of Applied Economics between 1998 and 2011.

Xavier Ramos’s CV on ORCID

Carme Miralles - Vr Campus

Dr Carme Miralles-Guasch
Professor of Human Geography


  • Policies on environmental management of the campus.
  • Policies on university social responsibility.
  • Responsible for the cultural policy of the UAB.
  • Responsible for Fundació Autònoma Solidària and Cultura en Viu.
  • Representing the UAB and collaborating with civil society institutions.
  • Relations with the region's public administration bodies.

Brief Curriculum Vitae
Professor in the Department of Geography, Dr Miralles-Guasch has carried out stays at the School of Urban Planning in Venice, at the University of Utrecht, at the School of Engineering in Paris VIII and at the University of California in Los Angeles. She has supervised 17 doctoral theses in a range of distinct programmes (Geography, Environmental Sciences and Political Science) both at the UAB and at other universities.

In the field of research, Dr Miralles-Guasch is director of the Research Group in Mobility, Transportation and Territory (GEMOTT), from within which she has carried out numerous applied research projects for different administrations. She has also directed or participated in 34 national and international competitive projects. She is the author of 68 indexed articles, 59 book chapters and 14 books.

Dr Miralles-Guasch has been director of the Barcelona Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies (IERMB), coordinator of the university master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability at the UAB’s Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), and assistant director with responsibility for teaching issues. Between 2017 and 2020 she was director of the Department of Geography.

Dr Miralles-Guasch has been a councillor for urban planning at the Reus City Council and was a member of the Spanish parliament (2000-2004).

Carme Miralles’s CV on ORCID

Jaume Tintoré - Gerent

Mr Jaume Tintoré


  • Organisation of administrative and economic services and administrative coordination of the other services within the UAB.
  • By delegation of the Rector, head of Administrative and Service Staff
  • Supervision of the management of income and expenditure included within the budget and supervision of compliance with provisions.
  • All other competences that are assigned by the UAB Statutes and regulations deriving from them, and those that the Rector may delegate to the Executive Administrator.

Edifici A, plaça Acadèmica, 08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)
+34 93 5811108

Short curriculum vitae
Jaume Tintoré graduated from the University of Barcelona in 1985, with a degree in Education (specialising in Psychology). He has taken the General Management Program and the Human Resources Management Program at IESE Business School, and the General Function Program at ESADE.

From 2004 to 2016, he occupied different executive positions at Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), in particular the following: Director General (2014-2016), Director General of Barcelona Transport and Leisure Transport (2011-2014), and Deputy Director General of Corporate Services and Human Resources (2006-2011).

From 2000 to 2004, he was Secretary General of the Catalonia Audiovisual Council. Previously, he held several positions of responsibility in the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat):  Deputy Director General for Union Relations, at the Civil Service Directorate General (1996-2000), Head of Union Relations Services (1994-1996), and specialist advisor to the Directorate General of Prison Services and Rehabilitation (1991-1994).