Anna Villarroya studied Law and Economics at the University of Barcelona, followed MSc in Economics of Education at the Institute of Education (University of London). In 2000, she obtained her PhD in Economics of the Public Sector at the University of Barcelona and her thesis won the First National Prize on Educational Research, awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. In 1993, she started working at the University of Barcelona where she taught Political Economy. She extended her fields of interest to the study of educational and cultural policies, as well as to the analysis of economics of education and culture. Since 2009, she is an associate professor at the Department of Political Economy at the University of Barcelona, where she teaches different topics related to the “Economics of Culture”. Villarroya is member of the Gender Equality Committee of the University of Barcelona, as well as of the GENDER Working Group of the LERU (League of European Research Universities) where she represents the University of Barcelona. Her main current research interests include: women and cultural policies; cultural participation; labour cultural markets. Since 2017, she is president of the European Association of Cultural Researchers.
Villarroya is currently the Treasurer of the Board of the Compendium Association.