Roberto Fernández Díaz (L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, 1954) graduated in 1980 in Modern History at the University of Barcelona. From 1980 to 1988, he was covering the full-time teaching position at the University of Lleida (el Estudio General de Lleida). In 1988, he started working as Professor after obtaining his Ph.D. in Modern History in 1987, with thesis in which he analyzed the process origin and development of commercial bourgeois in Barcelona in 18th century. In 1992, he became the Chair of Modern History.

With regard to the research, he supported and is currently supporting thesis, managing research projects and scientific paper collections, as well as leading a consolidated research group that studies development of the capitalism in Catalonia. In this manner, he joins his activity with his other different works related to the history of Catalonia and Spain of 18th century, as one of the leader among other specialists of this area.

Among his papers, the following especially stand out: his manuals about the 18th century, the biography of Charles III of Spain, the volume dedicated to the history of Lleida in 18th century (written in collaboration with Dr. Manuel Lladonosa), his monograph Cataluña y el Absolutismo Borbónico, as well as various books regarding the Social History.

To conclude, regarding the University administrative work, he was the first Director of the ICE of the University of Lleida (el Estudio General de Lleida), as well as Director of the Delegation of the Faculty of History and Geography, Dean and Director of the Department, and member of various Commissions and Councils of different governing organs of the University of Lleida.

On May 25th, 2011, he was elected Dean of the University of Lleida and on May 19th, 2015, he was reelected. In addition, he was the Vice President and the president of Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP, Asociación Catalana de Universidades Públicas), as well as the Vice President of the Conference of Rectors of Universities of Spain (CRUE, Conferencia de Rectores de las Universidades Españolas), of which he is in charge since October 11th, 2017.

In addition, He is member of Real Academia de la Historia. In 2015, he won Premio Nacional de Historia given by the Spanish Ministry of Culture.