Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Faculty Professors of the Department

Agustí Andreu Tomàs  (Visiting Professor)

PhD on Urban Anthropology Urbana (URV, 2011). He has developed his professional duties at the 'Delta de l'Ebre' Natural Park. Director of the Environmental School of 'Delta de l'Ebre' (1985-1992). He has participated as a researcher in different R+D+R projects funded by the National Research Plan (Spanish Government), as in other competitive research projects, focused on migration studies and ethnologic heritage. Coordinator of several graduate programs at the URV on cultural management and heritage. Visiting lecturer at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil, 2011-2012). Part-time professor at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) since 2002.

Research lines: Anthropology of fishing; cultural and natural heritage; ethnologic museums; heritage and local development.

Teaching: Undergraduate Programme on English; Undergraduate Programme on Anthropology and Human Evolution; Undergraduate Programme on Catalan Literature; Undergraduate Programme on Hispanic Literature; Undergraduate Programme on Social Work; Master on Urban Anthropology, Migrations and Social Intervention; Undergraduate Programme on Psychology (UOC).

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Yolanda Bodoque Puerta  (Associate Professor - Serra Húnter Programme)

PhD on Social and Cultural Anthropology (Rovira i Virgili Univ., 1996). Visiting research doctoral fellowship at Univ. of Nanterre, France. Postdoctoral fellowships at ISCTE of Lisbon, Portugal (ERASMUS STA Programme), and at Univ. of Fribourg, Switzerland. Visiting professor and researcher at Univ. of Campinas (Sao Paulo, Brazil). Affiliate professor at Catholic Univ. of San Antonio (Murcia, Spain, 1997-2001) and at Open Univ. of Catalonia (2005-2007). Researcher in different projects focused on gender, migrations and transformations in rural societies; with outstanding ethnographical work about the phenomenon of women's caravans in Spanish rural areas.

Research lines: Female Migration; males on single state; migratory trajectories; stratified reproduction; new rural living initiatives.

Teaching: Undergraduate Programme on Anthropology and Human Evolution; Undergraduate Programme on Social Work; Master on Urban Anthropology, Migrations and Social Intervention.

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Dolors Comas D'Argemir  (Full Professor)

PhD by the Univ. of Barcelona (1978). Postdoctoral stays at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Socials and Laboratoire d'Antropologie Social (Paris, 1984), and at Goldsmiths College (London, 1991). Researcher in several projects funded by public and private institutions. Recently, she gave a doctoral course at Univ. of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and was visiting professor at Goldsmiths College and at Birkbeck College (London). Enrolled in politics between 1995 and 2012, as councillor in local Council of Tarragona, deputy in the Catalan Parliament and elected member of Audiovisual Council of Catalonia. She is currently the president of Nou Horitzons Foundation.

Research lines: Contemporary identities; work, gender and social inequality; social policies: impact on contemporary life; media and representation systems.

Teaching: Undergraduate Programme on Anthropology and Human Evolution; Master on Medical Anthropology & Global Health; Master on Urban Anthropology, Migrations and Social Intervention; Doctoral Programme on Anthropology & Communication; Doctoral Programme on Gender Studies: cultures, societies, policies.

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Maria Ramon Cubells Bartolomé  (Professor)

PhD on Philosophy (Univ. of Barcelona, 1993). Teaching at URV since 1992. Visiting professor at the Univ. of Barcelona and the Univ. of Granada. Her research activity focuses on 17th and 18th century's western thinking, specialized in the philosophy of G.W. Leibniz. She belongs to the permanent project "Leibniz in Spanish" and to the "Leibniz Iberoamerican Network". Member of the research group EIDOS ("Hermeneutics, Platonism and Modernity") and of the GEFCA, "Research Group on Classic German Philosophy". Editor of Volume 14, Obras filosóficas y científicas. Correspondencia I of G.W. Leibniz (Comares, 2007). She is currently vice-president of the Spanish Leibniz Society for Baroque and Enlightenment Studies. Member of the Catalan Society of Philosophy (IEC).

Research lines: (1) History of modern philosophy: Descartes, Leibniz and Kant; modern metaphysics, theory of knowledge; (2) Theory of art and aesthetics: history of modern aesthetics, contemporary aesthetics' problems; (3) Born of aesthetics: Alexander Baumgarten and the literary universe of Leibniz.

Teaching: Undergraduate Programme on History; Undergraduate Programme on Art History; Undergraduate Programme on English; Undergraduate Programme on Catalan Literature; Undergraduate Programme on Hispanic Literature.

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Blanca Deusdad Ayala  (Associate Professor)

PhD on Sociology (Univ. of Barcelona, UB, 2002) and Bachelor in Geography and History, speciality on Cultural Anthropology (UB, 1989). Postdoctoral Fulbright fellowship at Boston Univ. and Harvard Univ. (2003). Winner of XII Prize Batec ("beat") for Research and Educational Innovation, with the work Migrant children in the school (2009). She teaches at the URV since 2009. Editor of the Special Issue Journal of Social Service Research (2016), on aging and economic crisis. Coordinator of the Master on Medical Anthropology and Global Health, since 2016. Researcher in the COST Action IS1102 Social services, welfare state and places (2011-2016) and in the ongoing COST Action IS1402 Ageism, a multi-national interdisciplinary perspective. Member of the Chair of Housing and the Chair UNESCO for the Mediterranean Intercultural Dialogue, of the URV.

Research lines: Aging, care, age-related issues and social exclusion; new technologies applied to social services; education and migrant students; multiculturalism and gender; social services and Welfare State; housing models for elder people; co-housing.

Teaching: Undergraduate Programme on Social Work; Master on Urban Anthropology, Migrations and Social Intervention; Master on Medical Anthropology & Global Health; Master on Health and Aging (School of Medicine, URV); Postgraduate programme on Mediation (Chair of Housing, URV).

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Susan M. Di Giacomo (Associate Professor)

PhD on Anthropology (Univ. of Massachusetts, 1985). She got introduced in medical anthropology study through a postdoc at the Department of Social Medicine and Global Health of the School of Medicine of Harvard University. She is specialized in cultural studies of biomedicine; in particular, in: cancer's experience and survival, narratives of disease and auto-ethnography, and more recently, discomfort and mental health among adolescents. Her research activity stands out in ethnographic fieldwork, both in Catalonia and the United States.

Research lines: Cultural studies of biomedicine and narratives of disease; nationalism and linguistic ideology; auto-ethnography; historical memory; anthropology of professional performance at the contemporary university; theory of translation from the ethnography perspective.

Teaching: Undergraduate Programme on Anthropology and Human Evolution; Master on Medical Anthropology & Global Health; Professional Translation English-Spanish.

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Maria Victòria Forns Fernández (Associate Professor)

Bachelor in Social and Cultural Anthropology (Rovira i Virgili Univ., URV, 2003) and on Social Work (Univ. of Barcelona, 1990). Postgraduate on University Teaching in the EEES (URV, 2006), on Social Mediation (Government of Catalonia, 2003) and on Local Public Management (URV, 2010). She run the Department of Social Action of Caritas Tarragona for ten years. Councillor of the local Council of Tarragona from 2007 to 2015, and deputy in the Catalan Parliament from 2010 to 2015. Member of the Catalan Parliament's Advisory Council on Science and Technology (2005-2007). She has been responsible for several projects of knowledge transfer related to her areas of research.

Research lines: Community work and association movement; gender and immigration; public management of immigration versus ONG's; diagnostic and care of homeless people; social exclusion and itineraries of social and labour insertion; models and organization of social services; intervention in social periphery contexts.

Teaching: Undergraduate Programme on Social Work; Master on Urban Anthropology, Migrations and Social Intervention.

mariavictoria.forns@urv.cat 

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Cristina García Moreno  (Associate Professor)

PhD on Urban Anthropology Urbana (Rovira i Virgili Univ., 2011), excellent cum laude and Extraordinary Doctorate Award. Bachelor in Sociology (Autonomous Univ. of Barcelona, 2002) and on Social Work (Univ. of Barcelona, 1995). She teaches at URV since 2003. Postdoctoral stays at Univ. Moulay Ismaïl (Morocco), at Univ. Estadual de Campinas (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and at Univ. of La Habana (Cuba). Researcher in different projects related to gender issues, migrations and transnational trajectories. In 2013, she received the Award of Academic Activity by the Rovira i Virgili University. Current external evaluator of CSIC's publications related to Colecciones CSIC.

Research lines: Transnational migration; Cuban migration; migration and gender; migrations for love and mixt marriages (bi-nationals, transnational sentimental relationships).

Teaching: Undergraduate Programme on Social Work; Master on Urban Anthropology, Migrations and Social Intervention.

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Maria Isabel Gracia Arnaiz  (Professor)

PhD on Geography and History, Programme on Urban Anthropology (Univ. of Barcelona, 1994). Accredited as full professor for the Spanish public agency ANECA (2013). Researcher at the Medical Anthropology Research Centre (URV). She is been researcher and visiting professor at Edgar Morin Centre (CNRS, Paris), Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS, Mexico), among others; and visiting fellow at the Durham Univ. (UK) and at the Food Studies Centre of SOAS, Univ. of London (UK). Coordinator of several R+D projects, with outstanding fieldwork in Spain and Mexico around the so-called "food modernity". She has assumed different positions of academic management and is currently head of the Department.

Research lines: Anthropology of food; medical anthropology; anthropology of gender.

Teaching: Undergraduate Programme on Anthropology and Human Evolution; Master on Medical Anthropology & Global Health.

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Àngel Martínez Hernáez  (Professor)

PhD on Cultural Anthropology (Univ. of Barcelona, 1994). Accredited as full professor for the Spanish public agency ANECA (2012). He has assumed different positions of academic management at the URV and has been director of the Department from 2012 to 2016. He has been visiting professor/researcher, among others, at Univ. of Barcelona, Univ. of California, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México, Univ. degli Studi di Perugia (Italy) and at many different universities of Brazil. Advisor, expert and/or evaluator of different public institutions, standing out the World Health Organization-Regional Office for Europe and the VI Framework Program of the UE. He has published more than 100 papers and book chapters, as well as different books.

Research lines: Medical anthropology; anthropological theory; "biopolicies" of afflictions; sanitary policies in Europe and Latin America; mental health; Amazonian cultures.

Teaching: Undergraduate Programme on Anthropology and Human Evolution; Master on Medical Anthropology & Global Health; Master on Youth and Society; postgraduate programmes of the Foundation URV.

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Gaspar Maza Gutiérrez  (Visiting Professor)

PhD on Social Anthropology (Rovira i Virgili Univ., 1999) with the thesis "Production, reproduction and changes in the urban margination. The youth of the Raval neighbourhood of Barcelona 1989-1998". Bachelor in Geography and History (1988) and Postgraduate on Social Education (1989) by the Univ. of Barcelona. He worked as social educator in the Council of Barcelona (1987-2004). He teaches in the URV since 2005 and, since 2013, also in the School of Psychology, Sciences of Education and of the Sport, University Ramon Llull.

Research lines: Urban anthropology; migration processes; anthropology of sport (sport and public space, sport and social intervention); urban diagnosis and participation processes; culture and visual projects; neighbourhoods and processes of urban regeneration; mobility studies; youth; transnational biographies.

Teaching: Undergraduate Programme on Social Work; Master on Urban Anthropology, Migrations and Social Intervention; Master on Youth and Society; Undergraduate Programme on Architecture.

gaspar.maza@urv.cat           

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Carmina Puig Cruells  (Professor)

PhD on Social and Cultural Anthropology (Rovira i Virgili Univ., 2009) with the thesis "Supervision in Social Intervention", Extraordinary Doctorate Award. Bachelor in Psychology (Univ. Ramon Llull, 2000). Postgraduate on Counselling (Univ. Ramon Llull, 2001) and Systemic Coaching (Autonomous Univ. of Barcelona, 2009). Master on Medical Anthropology and International Health (URV, 2007). She collaborates with institutions and associations in social welfare and health programmes, as well as in supervision of professional teams. She has been visiting professor/researcher in many Latin-American universities, as Universidad Nacional of Rosario (Argentina), Univ. Nacional de México or Univ. de la República de Uruguay, among others. She has also been visiting professor in many Spanish universities.

Research lines: Professional practices and systems in social intervention; spaces for supervision and processes of professional consulting in psychosocial teams; spaces for professional's improving and care.

Teaching: Undergraduate Programme on Social Work; Master on Urban Anthropology, Migrations and Social Intervention.

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Joan Josep Pujadas Muñoz  (Distinguished Professor)

Distinguished Professor by the Rovira i Virgili Univ., URV (2015). PhD by the Univ. of Barcelona (1977) with an ethnolinguistic thesis entitled "Ethnolinguistic of 'Alto Aragon': ethnoscience and folk taxonomies". Between 1979 and 1999 he did many postdoc stays in EUA, Portugal, France, Mexico and Ecuador. Over forty years he has carried out many different research projects related to (1) identity and socio-economic transformations of the Pyrenees; (2) ethnographic study of working districts with undergoing strong social transformations, in the cities of Tarragona, Barcelona and Lisbon; and (3) study of migratory processes, from a critique attitude to multiculturalism and the traditional view of social anthropology, very oriented to the ethnicity.

Research lines: Metropolisation processes; mobility, spaces of life and organizational systems in large metropolitan areas; Spanish republican exile and the work of the anthropologist Ángel Palerm.

joanjosep.pujadas@urv.cat           

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Jordi Roca Girona  (Professor)

PhD by the Univ. of Barcelona (1992). Accredited as full professor for the Spanish public agency ANECA (2012). Since 2006, he has been principal investigator, continuously, of different R+D+I projects funded by the Spanish National Plan for Research and other projects funded by competitive calls, focused on the different gender dimensions present in the so-called "Migrations for love" and mixed couples or bi-nationals. Director of the Department from 2008 to 2012. He has also been coordinator of the doctoral programme on Urban Anthropology (Quality Awarded), lately on Anthropology and on Anthropology and Communication, as well as responsible of the Master on Urban Anthropology (URV). He has carried out different stays as visiting professor at Univ. of California, EUA; UNAM, CIESAS and Iberoamericana, Mexico; and Campinas, UFRJ and Natal, Brazil; among others.

Research lines: Gender relationships; mixed couples; love; migrations; memory and biographical stories; ethnography.

Teaching: Undergraduate Programme on Anthropology and Human Evolution; Master on Urban Anthropology, Migrations and Social Intervention.

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Montserrat Soronellas Masdeu  (Professor)

PhD on Anthropology (Rovira i Virgili Univ., 2002). Coordinator of two Master programmes of the Department (2007-2016). She has conducted research on the field of family and kinship, in the context of the mechanisms of reproduction and transformation of agrarian and rural societies, on which she has published several articles and books. She also studies international migrations, with an special interest on transnational families and the impact of migration in rural areas. Her latest research projects addresses new agrarian and rural living initiatives, as well as care and gender inequality.

Research lines: Rural development; international migrations; kinship and social reproduction; family and gender relationships; care.

Teaching: Undergraduate Programme on Anthropology and Human Evolution; Undergraduate Programme on Social Work; Undergraduate Programme on Art History; Master on Urban Anthropology, Migrations and Social Intervention.

mariamontserrat.soronellas@urv.cat       

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Ramona Torrens Bonet  (Associate Professor)

PhD on Social and Cultural Anthropology (Rovira i Virgili Univ., URV, 2009). Bachelor in Social Work (1989) and on Social Anthropology (1999) by the URV.  Head of studies of the School of Social Work in Tarragona, URV, from 1993 to 2001. Other academic management positions and coordination duties at the URV for over twenty years. Experienced in social intervention projects, funded by La Caixa social assistance programs, in the areas of Valencia and Tarragona (Spain). Current member of the Deanship of the Faculty of Legal Sciences of the URV, where she is the responsible of the Undergraduate Programme of Work Social.

Research lines: Female migrations; care for dependents; social services; third-sector; social policy; social exclusion and child poverty.

Teaching: Undergraduate Programme on Social Work; Master on Urban Anthropology, Migrations and Social Intervention.

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Jaume Vallverdú Vallverdú  (Associate Professor)

PhD on Social and Cultural Anthropology (Rovira i Virgili Univ., 1997). Teaching in the URV since 1999. Part-time professor at Open Univ. of Catalonia, since 2001. His main research areas of interest are religion and religious movements, as well as politics and social movements. Since 2006, member of the Research Group on Body Anthropology (Milà i Fontanals Institution, CSIC). He has developed research projects in Spain about the Hare Krishna movement, in Mexico about Pentecostal Protestantism and in Brazil about the Movement of Landless. Other projects addressed processes of political-religious conflict, and indigenous movement in Latin America. Current coordinator of the Department's Undergraduate Programme on Anthropology and Human Evolution.

Research lines: Anthropology of religion; symbolic anthropology; religious groups; social movements; conflict; body.

Teaching: Undergraduate Programme on Anthropology and Human Evolution; Master on Urban Anthropology, Migrations and Social Intervention.

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Eva Zafra Aparici  (Associate Professor)

PhD on Social and Cultural Anthropology (Univ. of Barcelona, 2007). Master on Medical Anthropology (Rovira i Virgili Univ., URV, 2002). Bachelor in Social and Cultural Anthropology (URV, 2000). Bachelor in Nursing (Univ. of Valencia, 1998). She did research stays in the Institute of Nursing and Health Care (Tampere, Finland), Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana - Xochimilco (Mexico), University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Université Moulay Ismail (Morocco). Researcher at the Food Observatory (Scientific Park of the University of Barcelona). Teaching in the Rovira i Virgili Univ. since 2006.

Research lines: Anthropology of food; anthropology of health; gender and equality policy; methodologies for social intervention.

Teaching: Undergraduate Programme on Social Work; Master on Urban Anthropology, Migrations and Social Intervention.

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