Laura Chaqués Bonafont

Professora de Ciència Política en la Universitat de Barcelona
Coordinadora del grup de recerca Q-Dem
Investigadora Associada, IBEI


Laura Chaqués Bonafont is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Barcelona and the director of the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). She holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy from the Universitat de Barcelona and a Master’s in Political Science from the New School of Social Research in New York. With an extensive academic background, she has served as a visiting professor at institutions such as the University of Washington, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and King’s College London.

She leads the research group “Quality of Democracy” (, which analyzes the interplay between governmental, parliamentary, and media from a comparative perspective. Her work bridges policy dynamics research with key areas of political science, including political representation, interest groups, and the quality of democracy in multilevel governance systems. The project has contributed to developing quantitative measurement tools for policy dynamics and offers numerous datasets accessible at Her research excellence has been recognized with various awards, including the Icrea Academia Award. Her primary research interest is the comparative analysis of agenda dynamics, specifically focusing on the roles of interest groups, political elites, and social media, and the regulation of Artificial Intelligence.