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Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute

About research

Research is central to all university Institutes. The research programme of the Human Rights Institute aims to broaden the analysis and understanding of current human rights challenges through research projects and agreements. In this regard, their findings are relevant innovations for the social and legal sciences and useful for the political and social actors responsible for the enforcement of human rights.

The dissemination of research and the transfer of knowledge should contribute to the consolidation of a culture of human rights in the social and political contexts in which the Institute operates both locally and internationally.



Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y Humanas
Avda. de las Universidades, 24. 48007 Bilbao



Research Training Grants Programme 2023

The University of Deusto has launched a new call of the research training grant programme.

“Human Rights and Sociocultural Challenges in a Changing World”



“Human Rights and Sociocultural Challenges in a Changing World”


The responsibility for developing the Research Programme of the Human Rights Institute lies with the Research Team "Human Rights and Sociocultural Challenges in a Changing World". In line with the Institute's work philosophy, the Research Team is multidisciplinary and has an international vocation. The team is made up of researchers from the Human Rights Institute, other researchers from the University of Deusto, research fellows, as well as holders of a grant or public research contract associated with the Institute. 


Más de 25 años trabajando cuestiones y ámbitos relacionados con los derechos humanos

Main areas

It works on issues related to international protection, including humanitarian protection, in crisis, conflict and post-conflict situations with a special focus on vulnerable groups (displaced persons, migrants, refugees, indigenous communities…) and the work of human rights defenders and humanitarian organisations.

It studies human mobility in mixed flows (including irregular migrants, refugees and asylum seekers) and the migration and border regimes that attempt to control or manage these flows. It includes policies for countries of origin, border externalisation, border regime, and arrangements for the control of irregular migrants and asylum seekers in countries of destination.

It analyses the new multicultural realities and the transformations and conflicts caused by the confluence of diverse identities in the public space. It studies the policies that enable the democratic management of this diversity in European societies, as well as policies for the recognition and protection of indigenous peoples.

It studies the theoretical and methodological challenges posed by the complexity of human rights, as well as multidisciplinary research strategies and interdisciplinary teaching.