My main lines of research are (a) the delimitation and analysis of functional areas, with a special emphasis on local labour markets, and (b) the study of the labour market based on microdata using diverse econometric tools.
My work in the field of functional areas delineation and analysis, which began as a visiting researcher at the Institute for Employment Research (University of Warwick), has focused on adapting international methods to the Spanish case and developing new regionalisation procedures with an optimisation approach, through the use of genetic algorithms, applied to national and international cases. The results of this line of research have been shared in journals such as Regional Studies, Urban Geography, Papers in Regional Science, Expert Systems with Applications, Spatial Economic Analysis, Moravian Geographical Reports and International Journal of Automation and Computation, as well as in book chapters published by Springer and Thomson-Civitas, among others.
My second line of research focuses on analysing the labour market. Within this area, I have conducted studies dealing with issues such as work commuting, the relationship between education and wages, over-education, satisfaction, and wage inequality, often in relation with the tourism sector. The results of this research have been published in journals such as Applied Economics Letters, Revista de Economía Aplicada, Tourism Management, Tourism Economics, Current Issues in Tourism and Tourism Geographies, as well as in book chapters published by Edward Elgar, among others.
Since 2003 I have been principal investigator in six projects funded by successive editions of the National R&D&I Plan. At present I am one of the principal investigators in projects "Work and territory. Local labour markets" (CSO2014-55780-C3-2-P) (National Program for the Promotion of Scientific and Technical Research of Excellence) and "New developments in the territorial analysis of the labour market. Local labour markets and commuting" (CSO2017-86474-R) (National R&D&I Program - Research Challenges), and I am also a member of the network "Challenges for cities in the 21st century: a research agenda for the construction of sustainable and innovative urban spaces" (CSO2016-81718-REDT, Networks of Excellence, National R&D&I Plan of Excellence). I coordinate the group "Territory and mobility, Labour and housing markets", which in 2017 was acknowledged as the "University of Alicante research Group with the largest number of publications in journals indexed in the Web of Science" in Social and Legal Sciences field.
As for the transfer of research results to public administrations, I have participated in many contracts closely related to my research. Among others, in recent years I have been the principal investigator in two studies commissioned by the Valencian Institute of Statistics to research on the delineation of NUTS 4 areas and functional areas for Labour Force Survey development). Also, together with Prof. Coombes (Newcastle University), I have coordinated the "Study on comparable Labor Market Areas" (https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/cros/content/study-comparable-labour-market-areas_en), that was commissioned by the Statistical Office of the European Communities (EUROSTAT). This report has supported the new EU/Eurostat policy in this area.
I have been a project evaluator on numerous occasions working for the Spanish National Evaluation and Prospective Agency (ANEP) and the Czech Science Foundation, among others.