Autonomous University of Madrid
Institute of Local Law

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Carmen Navarro

Associate Professor

Carmen Navarro is associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University Autónoma of Madrid, where she focuses her research and teaching on Local Government and Public Policy. She is the author of several books and articles in national and international journals. She has worked on research projects funded by national and international institutions and she is a member of international networks for research on local politics, among others “The European Mayor Project” (first and second rounds, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science), the “International Metropolitan Observatory”, “Municipal Assemblies in European Local Government”, “Second Tier of Local Government in Europe”, “Local Sector Reforms: an international comparison”and “Patterns of Local Autonomy in Europe – LAI”. She had visiting fellowships at the Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University (2001 and 2010), Institute d’Études Politiques Bordeaux (France) (2004), Department of Political Science, Boston College (US)  (2006), School for Policy Studies, Bristol University (UK) (2014/2015) and  University of Florence, (Italy ) (2017). She is a member of the Global Editorial Committee International Review of Administrative Sciences, the Editorial Board Croatian and Comparative Public Administration and the Editorial Board Política y Sociedad. She is a member of the Board of the Research Committee on Comparative Studies on Local Government and Politics (RC05) of the International Political Science Association.

At her home university, she served as Vice-dean for International Relations (2006-2010) and Head of the Department of Political Science (2010-2014). Currently, she is Deputy Director at the Institute of Local Government and Law – UAM, where she is responsible for the Annual Reports on Local Public Policies.

Francisco Velasco Caballero

Professor of Administrative Law

Francisco Velasco Ph.D. (Cum Laude) is a Professor of Administrative Law at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). He was the Director of the Department of Public Law and Legal Philosophy, and is currently the President of the Academic Council of the Research Institute on Administrative Justice. Velasco is also founder and former Director of Research at IDL-UAM. He served as a lawyer for the Constitutional Court between 1999 and 2001. He has been a researcher at Erlangen-Nürnberg University (Germany) and “Visiting Scholar” at the Great Cities Institute of the University of Illinois (Chicago, USA) and the College of Law of the same University (Urbana-Champaign, USA). He has published various studies on organization and local law, among them: “Local law. Source system” (2009). His main areas of research are European Administration, Local Law, and Administrative Law Methodology. Among his numerous articles and publications, recently he published an article titled “Local Governments in Canada and Spain: Far, but not that much” at REALA on 13th April 2020. His latest book is entitled “Public Law plus Private Law” (2014).