We had to make one final change in our courses, affecting terms 2 and 3. The course on ""Conflict, Wars, and Aid"" will now be available via the electives option in term 3, and is going to be taught by Marta Reynal-Querol. Formerly an economist at the World Bank, Marta is one of the prides and joys of the department. She recently won a five year ERC starting grant for young researcher - one of two for the department, and worth more than a million euros. These are the first of their kind awarded in Europe, by the new research funding body modelled on the NSF.
At the same time, we have added a class on the economics of immigration in term 2, taking the place of this class. It's going to be taught by our colleague Francesc Ortega Carandell. Francesc has worked on the redistributive impact of immigration, and has recently analysed the effect of migration on house prices. As I cycle through Barcelona on my way to work, I find it hard to think of a more topical addition to the class list.