Joan Botella Corral is an expert in comparative politics and specialises in political parties, elections, local government and public opinion. Has a degree in law from the UB and a doctorate in law from the UAB. He is the author of works such as El sistema electoral (1966), La ciudad democrática (1999) and Democracy in Contemporary Spain (2004), among others.
He was previously Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology (1990-1992) and has held various institutional posts at the UAB: Dean of the Faculty of Information Sciences at the UAB (1984-1985), Secretary General of the UAB (1986-1988) and Vice-Rector of the Faculty (1988-1990). He has also held various responsibilities in university assessment bodies.
Botella has been dean of the College of Political Scientists and Sociologists of Catalonia, member of the Audiovisual Council of Catalonia and vice-president of the Spanish Association of Political Science, among other positions. He was also appointed official of the Order of Academic Palms by appointment of the President of the French Republic.