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Joan Benach de Rovira

ICREA Academia 2018

Universitat Pompeu Fabra · Social & Behavioural Sciences

Joan Benach de Rovira

MD, MPH, PhD, Director of the Health Inequalities Research Group, Co-director of the Johns Hopkins-UPF Public Policy Center, Professor of Sociology in the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra. His main research contributions include around 300 scientific papers, books, reports, and other publications in the media. A comprehensive bibliometric paper found that he was number 17 in the all-time ranking of the most productive authors in the health inequalities field. He led the first Spanish Black Report on Health Inequalities, collaborated on reports on Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequalities in Spain and Catalonia. He led the EMCONET network co-chairing the Employment Conditions Knowledge Network of WHO’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health. He has been the coordinator of the first report on precarious work and mental health commissioned by the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy of Spain. He has supervised 22 PhD dissertations.

Research interests

I substantially have contributed to Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequalities scholarship in research/health policy and knowledge transfer. In the last five years, my main scientific contributions include papers, and books, reports, and other publications in the media, with original analyses, reviews and commentaries on employment conditions and precarious employment, the health intersections among social class, geography, migration, and gender, health policy analyses, and critical complex systems reviews. I’ve shown my research leadership in many international projects and collaborations linked to scientists from all over the world (e.g., Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia,  Mozambique, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK, U.S.), giving many presentations, conferences, and workshops on the aforementioned subjects.


Social Determinants of Health, Health Inequalities, Employment Precariousness, Public Policy

ICREA Memoir 2022