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This proposal is led by Professor Concepción Naval, at the School of Education and Psychology, who has been working for more than fifteen years in this field and is currently the main researcher of the consolidated "Education and Citizenship Research Group". One of her projects, recently financed by the Spanish Ministry of Education, is titled "Education for communication and social cooperation" (R+D Projects, MEC, Directorate General for Research. Ref: SEJ2007-63070.) This project was carried out by the research team, collaborating with the Parliamentary Forum at the University of Navarra.

Research Team

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Concepción Naval ( Concepción Naval (, Director of Civic Parliament, is a Professor of Education, University of Navarra. She directed the Department of Education (1996-2000), and held the position of Vice President of the University of Navarra (2001-2012).  She was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, University of Notre Dame (USA), the International Office of Education (UNESCO, Geneva), St. Edmund's College (Cambridge University), and Boston University. Visiting Professor at Universidad Panamericana (Mexico City and Guadalajara). Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar (Austria). During 2012-13 Visiting Fellow and Oliver Smithies Lecturer at Balliol College, University of Oxford. She is the editor of the journal Estudios sobre Educación (SSCI, JCR).  Her current research focuses on the bases of education for citizenship and social participation, the development of social skills in children, the social impact on young people of information and communication technologies; educational innovation in higher education; and art education. She set up (2010) and has since then directed the "Civic Parliament Project", financed by the Parliament of Navarra, and the consolidated research group "Citizenship and education", in Spain (since 1997).

Elena Arbués ( is a qualified primary school teacher and holds a PhD in Pedagogy and a Master´s degree in Marriage and Family. She has developed her professional activities in various schools as primary school teacher, and as a family and educational counsellor. She is currently Adjunct Professor of Didactics of Experimental Sciences at the University of Navarra. She is involved in various projects and her research focuses primarily on civic education and the promotion of social participation.


Dolores Conesa ( has a PhD in Philosophy, with the Doctor Europaeus certificate, from the University of Navarra. She is currently working for the same University as an Associate Professor within the School of Education and Psychology where she gives undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD classes. Her area of research focusses on contemporary philosophy, paying close attention to French Postmodernism and its tradition of dissent.  Within this framework, she has worked on identity-difference dialectics applied to multiculturalism and immigration issues, as well as a variety of studies on the ethical turnaround in modern thinking. 

Charo Sádaba (csadaba@unav.esis Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Communication at the University of Navarra where her teaching focuses on Advertising and Public Relations courses. For the past twelve years her research has focused on the relationship between minors and ICTs. As the director of research at the Interactive Generation Forum, she has participated in several studies in which 200,000 minors between the ages of 6 and 18 have participated in 10 Latin American countries.


Sara Ibarrola-García ( has a PhD in Psychopedagogy. She is currently the Senior Assistant Professor at the University of Navarra for Education Undergraduate Degrees. Her research has mainly focused on education for school cohabitation and mediation, an area on which she has based several publications. She has been the Visiting Academic at the Institute of Education (IOE) within the University of London. 



Ana Zúñiga ( Assistant Professor. She has a degree in Spanish Philology and Journalism and a PhD in Philology. She has worked as an editor at the Diario de Navarra newspaper and has given courses preparing high school students for university entrance exams on Text Analysis, Spanish Language and Literature and Universal Literature. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Navarra. Her research mainly focuses on oral and written communication.



Sonia Lara ( Associate Professor of Instructional Design of the Department of Education at the University of Navarra. Her research focuses on the study of innovation in teaching through new methodologies and the use of ICT in both schools and universities, as well as on the influence of social media among young people. She has been a research scholar at Boston University and Northwestern University.



Carolina Ugarte (cugarte@unav.esis Associate Professor of Theory and History of Education. Her research has centred on the training of professional and civic competences in higher education within the consolidated "Education and citizenship" research line. She is currently a member of the Civic Parliament Project, a joint initiative of the University of Navarra and the Parliament of Navarra. She also participates in a project on professional skills development for project managers with Volkswagen Navarra. She has collaborated with a local company (ANAIN-CERN) in a project on the essential competencies for the employability of university graduates.