Universitat Rovira i Virgili

PhD Fellows

Isabella Riccò

Isabella Riccò has a degree in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology from Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Italy (2011). After a stay at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2008-2009), she won a fellowship to extend her bachelor thesis internationally with a scholarship to participate in the research project entitled "Discomforts of adolescents: lifestyles, mental health and profane strategies to deal with adversity" (2013; research professor: Àngel Martínez-Hernáez, PhD), and research project "From health propaganda to health education: ideology, speeches and knowledge in Franco's Spain, 1939-1975" (research professor: Enrique Perdiguero, PhD). In 2016 she also conducted a visiting PhD fellowship stay at Oxford University's Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology.

Lines of research: Popular medicine; therapeutic pluralism; new forms of contemporary spirituality; alternative therapies.

Thesis Project: Popular medicine and alternative medicines between Italy and Spain.

Director: Josep Maria Comelles Esteban, PhD.



Neus Jàvega Bernad

Neus Jàvega Bernad has a degree in History from the URV (2006), for which she conducted ERASMUS stays at Université de Marseille and Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme in France. She also has a degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology (2009) from the URV, for which she was awarded the Extraordinary Award, and a Master's in Urban Anthropology (2011), also from the URV. In 2010 she participated in the research project "Transnational Loves: construction and development of mixed couples in Spain" (CSO2009-10187; research professor:  Jordi Roca, PhD). Her recent research interests focus on death-related issues and migrant people, mainly Moroccan. She is a member of the organising committee of the XII REDAM Conference entitled "New social and cultural trends on death" (2012). She has participated at numerous conferences and seminars on the religious sphere of migrants and experience in Islam in Europe. Her most recent collaboration was on the project entitled "Religious map of Catalonia", which was funded by the autonomous government of Catalonia (2016).16).

Lines of research: the anthropology of death; diasporas; Islam; Muslims in Europe; Muslim minorities; identities; the anthropology of religions; rituals.

Thesis Project: Death in a migratory context. Public and community management of death among Moroccans in the Tarragona area.

Directors: Jordi Roca, PhD and Jordi Moreras, PhD.



Laia Ventura Garcia

Laia Ventura Garcia has a degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology (2006) and a degree in Psychology (2002) from the University of Barcelona and a Master's in Medical Anthropology from the URV (2010), for which she won the Extraordinary Award. Since 2004 she has participated in numerous research and health intervention projects, including a 7th Framework European Project ("COHEMI") and a project entitled "The emergence of obesogenic societies, or obesity as a social problem", which was funded by the Spanish Government. She has research experience in sexual and reproductive health in Guatemala (for her Master's thesis) via the project "Participatory analysis focused on health promotion in the May 31st Community" and in several psycho-social intervention projects in the prevention of gender-based violence, emotional and sexual health, and conflict-resolution processes. 

Lines of research: The anthropology of risk and uncertainty; drugs as social objects; the anthropology of bodies; diagnostics; global health.

Thesis Project: Study of the corporeality and the risk around the Chagas disease.

Director: Àngel Martínez-Hernáez, PhD.