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Ferran Portella-Carbó

Ferran Portella-Carbó


Education and research experience







Postdoctoral Fellow at the South African Research Chair in Industrial Development, University of Johannesburg.

  • PhD in Economics from the University of Girona (Extraordinary Award).
  • MA in Globalisation and Development from the University of Warwick (Distinction).
  • MA in European Economic Studies from the College of Europe.
  • Licenciatura (5-year degree) in Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Extraordinary Award).
Fellowships, scholarships and awards

  • Extraordinary Phd Award from the University of Girona.
  • FPU Fellowship (Training Programme for University Teachers), Spanish Ministry of Education.
  • Award “Best Academic Record in Economics of Catalonia”, Association of Economists of Catalonia.
  • Extraordinary Award for the Economics Degree, Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • “la Caixa” Scholarships for Postgraduate Studies in the UK, “la Caixa” Foundation.
  • Scholarship Charlemagne for International Studies, Patronat Catalunya Món.
  • Scholarship Introduction to Research, Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.
Summary of research

Ferran’s primary research programme revolves around labour issues in contemporary capitalist societies. The project encompasses the study of macroeconomic dynamics, structural change, economic integration, international trade & global value chains, financial constraints on economic growth, and economic policy. The research is grounded on the Classical-Keynesian Political Economy tradition, and quantitative analyses on social accounting, input–output and statistical techniques.

Selected publications

  • Portella-Carbó, F. (2016) Effects of International Trade on Domestic Employment: an Application of a Global Multiregional Input–Output Supermultiplier model (1995–2011). Economic Systems Research, 28 (01), pp. 95–117.
  • Portella-Carbó, F. (forthcoming 2016) Mass Unemployment in Spain (1959–2014): the Productive Structure in the Integration into Global Capitalism. Revista de Historia Industrial.