University Research Institute for Sustainable Social Development


The University Research Institute for Sustainable Social Development (INDESS) is a centre dedicated fundamentally to research, training, transfer and advising institutions (public and private) with the aim of promoting sustainable development.

The object of its activity is clearly interdisciplinary and specialized, being an autonomous and independent entity from the other Departments of the UCA, and it is comprised of large areas of knowledge through which it carries out its functions. INDESS is made up of three major areas that are fully interconnected. Cooperation works thanks to the transverse nature of the research groups, work teams and technicians who are part of the institute, combining experience and social commitment.

As a common thread that characterizes it, its goal is sustainability from a social, economic, legal and environmental point of view.

Lines of research

The research to be carried out by the members of INDESS aims to carry out coordinated analysis from different legal, economic, social and health disciplines and from all those related to social research, the creation of businesses, sustainability and global change. It is the basis for a project that intends to carry out partial studies to offer complex and complete answers and solutions.

Section 1. Area of Society and Territory. Legal-criminological analysis, territorial analysis and economic analysis in search of a sustainability model.

Section 2. Area of Society and Communication. Analysis of Social Marketing, Communication and Social Processes of Sustainability Awareness: social marketing; marketing or market research; territorial, institutional, business and personal image and identity; digital, health and tourism communication; political communication and citizen empowerment; communication and gender; specialized communication and crisis management; communication for social change and social advertising; analysis of media discourse; and virtual reality-3D video games.

Section 3. Area of Society and Welfare. Health, quality of life and sustainability: biometrics of emotions and their regulation: clinical and socioeconomic applications (Neuromarketing); analysis of data and statistical methods applied to Social and Health Sciences; applied probability models, living and ageing population distributions; study of inequality, well-being and poverty; study of the impact of technologies on the socio-health and biological sectors; assessment of quality of life and nutrition; environmental and biological cardiovascular risk factors; and socioeconomic and legal analysis of the health sector.


The Institute is located on the Campus de la Asunción in Jerez de la Frontera. INDESS has been in this building since September 2015 and it has a surface area of 2,771.96 m2, distributed over three floors. Therefore, the total space dedicated to research is 4,060.78 m2, laid out as follows:

  • TV and radio studios, AVID editing room, design and computer laboratories, social and market research laboratory, business laboratory, economic sociology laboratory, communication and citizenship laboratory, tourism planning and sustainability laboratory, audience and digital use observatory, legal laboratories, children’s nutrition observatory, criminology laboratories, social welfare and neuromarketing laboratory, biomechanics laboratory, assembly hall, university spin-off rooms, research results transfer office, etc.


Instituto Universitario para el Desarrollo Social Sostenible (INDESS)
Avda. Universidad, 4. Campus de Jerez
11405, Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz