Alejandro Montes is a PhD student at the Department of Sociology of the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. He holds a degree in Sociology from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona in 2013 and a Master in Social Policy, Labour and Welfare in the same university (2014). Since 2013 is a member of the research group on Globalization, Education and Social Policy (GEPS-UAB). He is an official member of the research team of R+D project Early school leaving in Spain. An analysis of young people’s decisions, motivations and educational strategies (ABJOVES) and a member of the Barcelona team in the Horizon 2020 project called “Policies Supporting Young People in Their Life Course European project. A Comparative Perspective of Lifelong Learning and Inclusion in Education and Work in Europe (YOUNG_ADULLLT)”. He is also a member of the team responsible for assessing the “Llindar Foundation school of second chance (Cornellà, Barcelona) and participates in several projects with international institutions like UNICEF or Save the Children. He has published and participated in various national and international journals and conferences. Their main areas of interest are: early school leaving and educational return; analysis of educational paths, specifically in access to higher education, and the impact of inequalities in them.

The provisional title of his thesis is: “Young at the crossroads. Factors release and reclose in the educational trajectories of success”. His doctoral project analyzes the inequalities in access to higher education (with a special emphasis on the social class analysis) trying to identify ways and profiles of non-traditional access. It also aims to deepen on educational return processes from not completing compulsory education to higher education (by vocational tracks, etc.) as a way of social mobility. The study has a first phase of quantitative analysis (N. 2,000) and a second qualitative phase analysis of non-traditional biographical profiles.