The mission of the Centre is to strengthen the culture of peace and the construction of a disarmed society, making people aware of the negative effects of arms and militarism. The Centre combines the work of research and publication with divulgation and social mobilization against militarism’s consequences, such as military expenditure, military R&D and the manufacture and trade of arms. Besides, it works to denounce governments’ lack of compliance with the international agreements regulating these issues.
The Study Centre for Peace was given the name of J.M Delàs in memory of Josep Manuel Delàs, who was the chairman of Justice and Peace - Girona and previously was an army reserve commander and a member of the UMD (Democratic Military Union) and he devoted the last part of his life to the defense of peace and values of non-violence .
The Study Centre for Peace J.M. Delàs is collaborator of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and is a member of the European Network Against Arms Trade, the ENAAT (European Network Against Arms Trade), the Spanish Association of Research for Peace (AIPAZ) and the International University for Peace of Sant Cugat. Besides, through Justice and Peace, it is part of the Catalan NGOs Federation for Peace and of the International Peace Bureau (IPB).
Board of Directors
Pere Ortega - President
Gabriela Serra - Vice President
José Maria Moya - Secretary
Tomàs Gisbert - Chair
Delàs Center has a technical team responsible for the coordination tasks of members, volunteers and trainees, as well as management, communication and administration of the organization.
Currently the technical team consists of:
-Jordi Calvo: Coordinator and Investigator
-Audrey Esnault: Project officer
-Pere Ortega (president), researcher
Technical Support External Services:
-Tam Tam: Graphic Design
The Centre Delàs has trainees, every year from various Catalan universities, the state and the rest of the world that integrate the tasks of research, communication, management and activism of the organization. Currently part of the technical team are the following students:
- Aitor Txabarria, Master in Communication of Armed Conflict, Peace and Social Movements (UAB)
- David García, Postgraduate Diploma in Culture of Peace (UAB)
- Nallely Ayala, SUNY Oneonta, New York
- Arantxa Blanco, Master in Human Rights, Democracy and Globalization (UOC)
The Centre Delàs collaborates with Connect 1.2.3 offering internships to students from the US, Australia and Europe.
Volunteers and collaborators
The Centre Delàs accepts on its team people whom are dedicated to work for peace and disarmament, whom eventually become permanent members of the Center. Currently they are:
- Ainhoa Ruíz, communication and investigation
- Eira Massip, grants management
- Jonatán Soriano, communication and press
- Marta Castelnou, research and grants
- Isis Miro, campaigns and management
- Alba Rivero, communication and campaigns
- Lídia Rivero, communication and campaigns
- Albert Orta, research and outreach
- Marta Alemany, research and outreach
- Anna Gudiol, translations
The Centre Delàs collaborates with the Rosetta Foundation for translations in English.
How we are Funded
- Barcelona City Council - Barcelona Solidarity
- Barcelona City Council - Participation
- Sant Cugat City Council
- Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation
- Generalitat de Catalunya - General Direction of Institutional Relations - Branch Memory, Peace and Human Rights
- International Campaing to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
- International Campaing to Ban Landmines - Cluster Munition Coalition
- Grassroots Foundation
Shareholder contributions and donations
Headquarters of Delàs Centre for Peace Studies
The Delàs Center is headquartered in Barcelona, but also has offices in the towns of habitual residence of the permanent members, supporters and sympathizers, where awareness and dissemination activities are organized. In the case of Sant Cugat.