Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Members of the Research Group

Elisa Alegre-Agis

Elisa Algre-Agís is a PhD student in Anthropology and Communication at the Rovira i Virgili University. Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology (URV, 2012); Master in Medical Anthropology and International Health (URV, 2014) and Social Worker by the Universitat de València (2009). Since the year 2013 she has worked as a researcher in different research projects on mental health and health care systems for different entities such as the Borja Institute of Bioethics of the Ramon Llull University and the Official Col·legi de Treball Social de Catalunya. She is currently developing his doctoral thesis on severe mental disorders and care at home. She had a scholarship for Santander Iberoamérica at the Institute of Anthropological Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires (2015).

Research lines: madness, mental health, family, history of psychiatry



Natalia Alonso Rey 

PhD. on Anthropology (URV, 2017) obtaining the mention Excellent Cum laude. Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of the Republic [Uruguay] (2008) and Master's Degree in Migrations and Social Mediation at the Rovira i Virgili University (2011), with an extraordinary final degree award. In 2012, she obtained a scholarship from the IPEC (Institute of Ethnological Heritage of Catalonia, Generalitat de Catalunya) for the research titled "Migrations, objects and memories". During the period 2010-2013, she was a research assitant at the Department of Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Work (URV). She is currently Project Manager of the ERC project "Women traveling to seek abortion care in Europe: the impact of barriers to legal abortion on women living in countries with ostensibly liberal abortion laws (BAR2LEGAB)", at the Department of Social Anthropology of the University of Barcelona.

Research lines care, anthropology of objects, migrations



Verónica Anzil (post doctoral researcher, URV)

Degree in Anthropology from the Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Argentina (1990). DEA in Sociology, Sociology of Culture et du Changement Social guidance, at Paris VII-Jussieu University (1991, Paris, France). Years later, she carried out the DEA in Urban Anthropology of the Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona, Spain), and defended her doctoral thesis in 2012, obtaining the mention of Excellent Cum laude, as well as the Extraordinary Doctoral Award. She worked as a teacher at the Faculty of Humanities at the Universidad de la Plata (Argentina) and at the Department of Modern Languages ​​at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa). In addition, she was a technician for the evaluation of social projects of the city council of Les Ulis (Paris, France).
Her participation in the various R & D & I projects financed by state bodies after a competitive call continues to this day. This participation allowed her to publish several articles and a book chapter (together with other members of the research team), as well as participation in congresses and workshops. She is currently part of the research team in the project 'Roles de género y interculturalidad de las parejas mixtas en España: una investigación cualitativa longitudinal'.

Research lines: International adoptions - Bi-national partners - Transnational families - Stereotypes - Identities



Mireia Campanera Reig (Investigadora post-doctoral, URV)

Ph.D in Social Anthropology at the University of Barcelona (2016) with a thesis as a result of an ethnographic research developed between 2008 and 2015 with the Kukama-Kukamiria population of Baix Marañón, Peru. She  studied aquatic cosmology, fishing culture and socio-environmental conflict in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve and its area of influence. She has collaborated with public institutions and entities in conducting research on topics such as environment and international cooperation, women and prison, youth, childhood and mourning. She is currently coordinator of the Environmental Anthropology Network with Javier Escalera, and a member of the Research Group on Legal Anthropology of the Catalan Institute of Anthropology. She has worked as a teacher at the University of Lleida and currently she is adjunct professor at URV.

Research lines: environment, indigenous peoples, Amazonia, sustainable development, gender, social exclusion, fishing



Carlos Alonso Chirinos Medina

Graduated in Social anthropology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (2010), and Master's Degree in Medical Anthropology and International Health by the Rovira i Virgili University (URV, 2015), Spain. Since 2008, has been linked to various studies related to social policies in education and health in contexts of social inequality, as well as local studies concerning family relationships and childcare in mainly rural areas of the Andes and the Peruvian jungle. Currently, as a doctorate student in Anthropology and Communication from the URV, he focuses his interest in senior caregivers in situations of illness and disability during marriage in Spain. Another line of recent interest is the studies of food and its processes of acculturation.

Research lines: Social inequality, gender and life course; care and family; Biomedical culture, narratives and experiences of the disease; cultural processes of the kitchen, sustainability and food security.



 Natalia Lledó Carceller Maicas

Ph.D in Medical Anthropology (URV, 2017). Degree in Psychology from the Jaume I University, specialized in Drug Dependencies and Systemic Family Therapy (2007). Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology (URV, 2009). Master's Degree in Medical Anthropology and International Health (2011). Between 2009 and 2013 she worked on numerous projects for participatory social intervention in children, adolescents and young people. From 2010 to 2014, she was technical coordinator of the research projects: "Los desastres de los adolescentes. Estilo de vida, salud mental y estrategias profanas para enfrentar la adversidad" (CSO2009-08432) y "The emotional distress of adolescents: lifestyles, mental health and lay strategies used in management adversity "(090730), IP: Àngel Martínez-Hernaez.

Research lines: Mental health; teenagers; emotions; medicalization; drugs; gender; participation; applied anthropology



Lina Casadó Marína

PhD in Anthropology (URV, 2011), Master in Medical Anthropology and International Health with a Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology and Diploma in Nursing. Currently she is a lecturer in the Department of Nursing at the URV and a member of the Medical Anthropology Research Center (MARC). Since 2003 he has participated in different R & D projects on food and health. She has been visiting professor at the School of healthcare at the University of Leeds, visiting fellowships at the University of Durham, in the United Kingdom and visiting researcher at The Amsterdam School for Social Science Research (ASSR) of the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Research lines: Anthropology of the body; Anthropology of food; Medical anthropology



Isabella Riccò

Ph.D in Anthropology (URV,2017). Master in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology (2011) and Bachelor's degree in Anthropological Science (University of Bologna). After passing through the Complutense University of Madrid (2008-2009), she won a scholarship to deepen her master's thesis abroad. In 2013 she became scholarship assistant of the project "The adolescent discomfort" directed by Àngel Martínez. From 2014 until 2017 she was a doctoral fellow at URV. In 2016 she was visitor student at Oxford University for 5 months. Her Ph.D thesis focuses on therapeutic pluralism, folk medicine, CAM and New Age therapies. Currently is a post doctoral researcher at the European Project (H2020) Socatel.

Research lines: Popular medicine; therapeutic pluralism; new forms of contemporary spirituality; alternative therapies