Jesús Leal is PhD from the Complutense University of Madrid (1976), Master in Sociology by the University of Paris X (1972) and graduated in Philosophy by the University of Valencia. He is Chair Professor at the Sociology School, Universidad Complutense of Madrid.
His main areas of scientific research are related with housing and the social segregation and inequality in European cities. He is member of the European Network for Housing Research and of the 21 R.C. of the International Sociological Association. He has been visiting scholar in the Institute of Urban and Regional Development and the UC Berkeley. Furthermore he is member of the council of five scientific reviews magazines and has been invited professor in the Institut de Sciences Politiques in Paris. He has participated in a great number of research projects and has published many books, all of them related with sociology and the city.