Universitat Rovira i Virgili

PhD Fellows

Elisa Alegre-Agís

Martí Franqués (URV) predoctoral scholarship holder of the Doctorate in Anthropology and Communication from the Rovira i Virgili University. Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology (URV, 2012) and Master in Medical Anthropology and International Health (URV, 2014) and Social Worker from the University of Valencia (2009). Since 2013 she has worked as a researcher in different research projects on mental health and health care systems for different entities such as the Institut Borja de Bioètica de la Universitat Ramon Llull and the Col-legi Oficial de Treball Social de Catalunya. She is currently developing her doctoral thesis on severe mental disorders and care in domestic spaces. She has been a scholarship student by Santander Iberoamérica at the Institute of Anthropological Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires (2015). At the same time she has been a project fellow at the Medical Anthropology Research Center.

Lines of research: madness, mental health, family, history of psychiatry, gender.



Carlos Alonso Chirinos Medina

Social anthropologist, graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (2010), Master in Medical Anthropology and International Health (2015) and PhD student in Anthropology and Communication at the URV. Since 2008 he has participated in studies related to the field of social policies in education and health in contexts of social inequality, as well as local studies on family relations and child care in rural areas of the Andes and the Peruvian jungle. His thesis focuses on elderly male caregivers in contexts of illness and disability during marriage in Spain. Another line of interest is food studies and their acculturation processes.

Lines of research: Social inequality, gender and life course; care and family; biomedical culture, narratives and experiences of the disease; cultural processes of cooking, sustainability and food security.



Josep Puigbo Testagorda

He graduated in Social and Cultural Anthropology with a mention in Innovation and Criticism in the Anthropological Knowledge by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2016). Student of the Master in Urban Anthropology, Migrations and Social Intervention (URV) and of the Doctorate in Anthropology and Communication of the Rovira i Virgili University. He is currently developing his doctoral thesis on the social and urban implications of the implementation of the emerging smart city concept.

Research lines: urban and built space anthropology, technology, patrimony.



Isabella Riccò

Research Lines: New Age; Folk medicine; Alternative Medicine

Thesis: En busca de un «nuevo mundo mágico». De la medicina popular a las terapias New Age en un Occidente desencantado 

Supervisor: Dr. Josep Maria Comelles Esteban.



Neus Jàvega Bernad

Research Lines: death; islam; anthropology of religions; rituals.

Thesis: La mort en context migratori. La gestió pública i comunitària de la mort entre els marroquins del Camp de Tarragona.

Supervisors: Dr. Jordi Roca i Dr. Jordi Moreras.



Laia Ventura Garcia

Research Lines: chagas, risk, body

Thesis: Mal de Chagas: una etnografia corporeïtzada sobre el risc latent 

Supervisors: Dr. Àngel Martínez Hernáez.



Maria Offenhenden

Research Lines: migrations, domestic work; Stratified reproduction

Thesis: "Si hay que romperse una, se rompe" El trabajo del hogar y la reproducción social estratificada 

Supervisors: Yolanda Bodoque i Montserrat Soronellas



Egbe Manfred Egbe

Research Lines: migration, precariety, economic crisis

Thesis: Sub-Sahara African Immigrants in the 'Land of Plenty': Economic Crisis, Food Insecurity and Hunger in Tarragona and Lleida 

Supervisors: Dr. Josep María Comelles i Dra. Mabel Gracia


Claudia María Anleu Hernández

Research Lines: migrations, Latino Americans, resilience, social work

Thesis: Latinoamericanos saliendo adelante. Una mirada desde la resiliencia sobre las migraciones y la intervención social con inmigrantes. 

Supervisors: Dra. Carmina Puig i Montserrat Soronellas