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Research lines


From our initial line of research directed at the study of the Representative Assemblies and Parliaments and their members in comparative perspective during the contemporary period, we have widened our field of study towards the following lines of research:

At the start of the 1990s, we began a line of research that has involved a labor of thinking, conceiving, designing and constructing a long term project of historiographic infrastructure directed at analyzing the Basque political elites of the XIX and XX centuries in comparative perspective. This labor is rooted in a methodological reflection on the utility and utilization of biography, and concretely the biography of social groups, in order to understand the society and institutions that we study.
This line of research has been developed with the creation of a Documentary Center of Parliamentary History, with the elaboration of collective biographies in the form of biographical dictionaries and the elaboration of prosopographical analyses on the groups studied.

In accordance with what is established in the University Strategy 2015, which considers research and knowledge transfer to be objectives of the University, we have created, in collaboration with the Foral Deputations of Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa, the Documentation Center of the Economic Agreement and the Foral Treasuries. The purpose of this Center is to serve as an instrument for research and diffusion concerning a basic institution for the regulation of the Basque Autonomous Community, namely the Economic Agreement, and its application by the Foral Treasuries.

The scarcity of studies on Bilbao prompted us to begin a line of research on the history of the city. Since 1996, we have developed different research projects with the aim of furthering knowledge of contemporary Bilbao. In accordance with our earlier research experience, we began a study of the City Council and its politico-administrative management through its actors, which took concrete form in the research project Bilbao through its Mayors.
At present, and in accordance with the aims of knowledge transfer proposed by the University Strategy 2015, we have decided to continue our research on Bilbao and to begin the task of transferring the knowledge generated, together with new contributions that we shall be making, by means of a new digital platform taking the form of a parallel network. The long term aim is to generate a spin-off articulating this work and to create a Virtual Museum of the History of Bilbao, all in collaboration with Bilbao City Council.

The activity of this line, focused from the aspect of political philosophy, is centered on elaborating a history of political ideas that, beginning with the modern age, have been developed in the provinces that make up the Basque Country (Bizkaia, Gipuzkoa, Álava, Navarre and the French Basque territories) as well as in the areas that we have designated as being historically linked to the old Kingdom of Navarre (Bearne, Bigorra, Foix, País d’Albret and Nebousan).

This line of research connects with the activities directed to understanding the scientific and technical past that the Basque Museum of the History of Medicine and Sciences has promoted since 1982. Science and technology form part of our heritage. Scientific-technical culture has overlapped with the acts and activities that make up social life in all its cultural, economic and political aspects. Hence, in this line a multidisciplinary focus will be adopted that will be capable of studying the interrelation of the principal categories that have conditioned scientific-technical culture, i.e. education, technology, industry, politics and the army. In fact, this focus forms part of the strategies defined following the integration of the Museum into the Basque Network of Science, Technology and Innovation in 2009; the need for simultaneously studying global contexts and local practices is another strategy that will be followed here.