Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Meet the Doctorate Teaching Staff

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.



Josep Maria Comelles Esteban (Emerit 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).

Lines of research: Medical anthropology; public health policies.

Teaching: Master's in Medical Anthropology and Global Health, MIAMSg.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



Oriol Romaní Alfonso (Emerit 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.



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.