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Pasqual Maragall Research Awards reward work on the role of women in European construction

The jury of the Pasqual Maragall Research Awards has decided to award the work presented by Júlia Manresa Nogueras in the category of Best Final Work of Degree or Master for the research work "Women in the shadow of European construction. From Femmes pour el Europe to the European Women’s Lobby", on women’s contribution to the European project.

The winning work is the final Work of the Master in Contemporary History and Current World at the University of Barcelona (UB) by Julia Manresa Nogueras, journalist specializing in economics and information of the European Union, and currently works as a communication advisor at the Oxfam office in Brussels.

The jury assessed that "this is a magnificent text, which exceeds the academic requirement of a final study. It is a careful, well-founded and well-written text, which highlights among others, the research sources, the approach to a topic with depth and methodology". The members of the jury also stressed that "the characteristics of the substance and form, the theme and the perspective it includes give a significant relevance to the whole text that deserves publication and dissemination".

The winner will receive a €1,000 prize money as foreseen in the bases for category B of the prizes. However, this year the category A has been deserted for the best unpublished essay work that has an endowment of €4,000. The award ceremony will be held on Saturday 2 December in a public event.

Among the 21 works presented in the 2022-2023 edition, the jury of the Awards has taken into account the adequacy and fit in the bases, the originality and innovation of the theme, the perspective or the approach , and the academic quality of the work.

The objective of the Pasqual Maragall Research Awards 2022 - 2023 is to distinguish the best TFG, TFM or unpublished academic works around two thematic areas: the city and Europe. Thus, this edition received papers on topics such as the European Green Pact, renewable energy, urban policies, migration or the EU’s response to crises.

The prize is organized by the Catalunya Europa Foundation, within the framework of the Pasqual Maragall Legacy Programme, with the collaboration of the Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat de Catalunya, with the aim of promoting the thought and work of Pasqual Maragall and its validity and adaptation at the present time.

Julia Manresa, journalist specializing in European economics and information.

Júlia Manresa Nogueras (Despite Sea, 1992) is a journalism graduate from Pompeu Fabra University and her professional experience is mainly focused on the world of economic journalism. She began in the Economics section of Diari Ara and later became the economic and financial correspondent of this newspaper in Madrid. In 2018, he took over the Brussels correspondent, from where he reported on Brexit, the coronavirus pandemic or the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Subsequently, he has collaborated from Brussels with media such as El Economista or Euronet. Since 2022, she has been a media and communication consultant for the European office of the international organisation Oxfam. The work "Women in the shadow of European construction" is part of the studies of the Master in Contemporary History and Contemporary World at the University of Barcelona (UB).