Ferran Casas is Emeritus Professor at the University of Girona, after 10 years as Senior Professor of Social Psychology in the Faculty of Education and Psychology at the University of Girona (Spain). He leads ERIDIqv research group (Research Team of Children’s Rights and their Quality of Life: http://www.udg.edu/eridiqv), at the Research Institute on Quality of Life (IRQV: http://www.udg.edu/irqv), University of Girona.
He is a member of the Executive Committe for the International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI) and for the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS). At present he is one of the coordinators of the Children’s Worlds International Survey (ISCWeB, promoted by ISCI and the Jacobs Foundation, www.isciweb.org), that has collected data on children’s subjective well-being in 18 countries and plans to collect in more than 40 in 2017-18.
Altogether, he has authored or co-authored 22 books, edited or co-edited 8, more than 100 book-chapters (in 9 different languages) and over 100 papers in scientific journals. He is one of the co-editors of the 5-volumes Handbook of Child Well-Being. Theories, Methods and Policies in Global Perspective published by Springer (http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/wellbeing+%26+quality-of-life/book/978-90-481-9062-1).
From 1992 to 1996, he was the Chair of the Experts Committee on Childhood Policies of the Council of Europe (Strasbourg, France). The last days of his mandate he promoted a Recommendation on children participation in family and social life, that was adopted by the Committee of Ministers in 1998 (R-98-9).
The last 10 years he has been involved in 11 international research projects, 4 of them supported by the European Comission – one outstanding one being the YIPPEE project (Young People from a Public care background pathways to Education in Europe. http://tcru.ioe.ac.uk/yippee). In the field of children’s rights, in the frame of a collaborative research program between Spain and Italy, he used a methodology on “children’s rights dilemmas” that afterwards has been translated to different languages and replicated in several countries.
He received the ISQOLS Distinguished Fellow QOL Award 2014 for evidence of a lifetime and substantial contribution to QOL research (http://www.isqols.org/award/distinguished-qol-researcher-award/) and in 2016 the ISCI Award in Honour of Alfred J. Kahn and Sheila B. Kamerman in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of child indicators research from an international perspective.