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"Juan Luis Vives" Social Security Institute

Type of institute

Carlos III Institute
Year: 1999


  • Director: Jesús Mercader Uguina
  • Secretary: Susana Barcelón Cobedo


  • To create a multidisciplinary teaching team to investigate the complexity and diverse aspects and subjects related to the Social Security field.
  • The planning and development of teaching programs with the elaboration and systematization of knowledge in order to achieve greater diffusion and better understanding. Programs on all levels: specialization courses, Master’s and Doctorates, but also conferences and study seminars on current events.
  • To create  specialized documental and bibliographic resources
  • To carry out research in collaboration with other centers, faculties, both national and international, which specialize in this subject. Likewise, the exchange and collaboration of specialists will be fostered.
  • To collaborate with public and private institutions in charge of the management of protection and social prevision systems, thus contributing to its personnel’s training in pertinent subjects.

Lines of research

  • Community Social Security: problems of coordination and conciliation.
  • The role of complementary social protection in the Social Security system.
  • The reform of social protection for the elderly in Europe: comparative study of experiences among different nations..
  • Voluntary reforms in recent collective negotiations
  • Work Health and Safety at work and its connections to the protection of professional contingencies in the Social Security system.
  • Determining financial factors in the evolution of the Social Security System.
  • Social assistance and social services in the framework of Estado de Autonomías (Spanish Autonomies).
  • The role of the Mutuas de Accidentes de Trabajo and Enfermedades Profesionales (Mutual Insurance Companies) in the Social Security management system.
  • Connections between the labor market and Social Security.
  • Social protection and new social needs. The Social Security reform in the face of social transformation.
  • Social protection for people with disabilities.

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