Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Faculty of Medical antropology and global health line


Josep Maria Comelles Esteban (DAC's professor)

Josep Maria Comelles (Barcelona, ​​1949) has taught in Tarragona since 1977, initially with the University of Barcelona and then at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV). His name is associated with the creation of the "School of Tarragona", a well-known anthropological knowledge production area located on the borders of the initial theoretical core of Spanish anthropology that chose a bottom-up construction and development for the academic discipline, often challenging conventional academic and intellectual boundaries. An Emeritus Professor since 2015, he holds a PhD in Anthropology (EHESS, Paris), a PhD in Medicine (University of Barcelona), a degree in Psychology (University of Barcelona), and a specialisation in Psychiatry. He has taught at the Universities of Paris X (Nanterre), Lumière Lyon2, Amsterdam, Perugia, Buenos Aires, and CIESAS (Mexico City). His fields of expertise are Medical Anthropology and the History of Science (Anthropology, Medicine and Psychiatry), with a special place reserved for the Romería del Rocío in Andalusia. At the URV he founded the Master's in Medical Anthropology and International Health (2006-2014) and the PhD Programme in Medical Anthropology (1994-2000). He was also the first director of the Medical Anthropology Research Centre (MARC), which was created in 2013.

He has published over a dozen books, some of the most recent of which are: Antropología, género, salud y atención (Bellaterra: 2010, in Spanish); Enfermería y antropología: Padeceres, cuidadores y cuidados (Icaria: 2009, in Spanish) and De les iguales a la cartilla. El regiment de la cosa pública, la medicalització i el pluralisme assistencial a la Vall d'Aro (Generalitat de Catalunya: 2015, in Catalan).



Maria Isabel Gracia Arnaiz  (DAC's 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.



Àngel Martínez Hernáez  (DAC's 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.


Oriol Romaní Alfonso (DAC's professor)

Oriol Romaní Alfonso holds a PhD in History (Cultural Anthropology) from the University of Barcelona (1982). He was director of the Department of Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Work from 2001 to 2004. At the URV he also coordinated the Master's in Medical Anthropology and International Health (2006-2010) and the Master's in Medical Anthropology and Global Health (2012-2016). He has been a member of the steering committee for the Master's in Youth and Society since its inception (2008/09). From 2002 to 2012 he coordinated the NGO Grup IGIA, which works on reflection and interdisciplinary participation around drug addiction. In the Spanish research arena he was a pioneer for the use of biographical methods and the study of youth groups and drug use. As well as applied research and studies on health and drugs, he has conducted outstanding works on youth culture and social exclusion. He is an adviser to public and private institutions on issues related to drug use and marginalization and is a consultant to the European Union for various programmes aimed at Latin America, such as "Training Professionals Cono Sur" (1994-96) and "Cities and Drugs URB-AL" (1997-2000).

Lines of research: Medical anthropology; urban anthropology; anthropology of youth; youth cultures; drug use, and processes of social marginalization.