Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Adjunct lecturers in the Department

Elisa Abellán Hernández

Degree in Social Work (ICESB institute, University of Barcelona) and a Master's in Ethics for Social Intervention (University of Girona, 2011). She has extensive training in mental health, intellectual disability, ethics and bioethics. She has been a social worker at Villablanca SAU since 1988 and has belonged to a local network in Tarragona specialized in care for mental disability since 2002. She has been an adjunct lecturer at Universitat Rovira i Virgili since 2002 and has also taught at several other institutions, including FORCEM, the Pere Tarrés Foundation, the Tripartita Foundation and Mas Carandell. She is a member and current secretary of the Board of Ethics of COTS (Social Workers Association of Catalonia).

Intervention areas: Mental health and intellectual disability; professional ethics.



Laura Aguadé López

Degree in Social Work (University of Barcelona, 1989) and a qualification in Social Education (1995). She has conducted graduate studies in mental health and families (Central American University of Nicaragua, UCA Managua, 1996), international cooperation (1995, SETEM Catalonia), and systemic family therapy (Family Therapy Centre in Tarragona and Kin Family Therapy Centre in Barcelona, 2011). In the professional field she has worked in Nicaragua for three years as a social worker with street children, for eight years in Tarragona as a social worker and social educator in a public residential centre for children and adolescents; and for seventeen years as a social worker in a public centre for the care of children and adolescents in Reus (Tarragona). She is strongly committed to the social movements in Tarragona.

Intervention areas: Childhood at risk.



Elisa Alegre-Agís

PhD. on Anthropology and Communication (URV, 2021). Graduate in Social and Cultural Anthropology (URV, 2012) and Master in Medical Anthropology and International Health (URV, 2014) and Social Worker by 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 of the Universitat Ramon Llull and the Col-legi Oficial de Treball Social de Catalunya. Her doctoral thesis study severe mental disorders and care in the domestic space. She has been a Santander Iberoamerica scholarship student 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.

Research areas: madness, mental health; family; history of psychiatry; gender.

Area of interest: Social Work and Social Services.



Joan Manel Arca Míguez

Social worker (URV, 2001), social educator (2005) and social and cultural anthropologist (2004). Master's Degree in Innovation in Social and Educational Intervention (URV, 2020). Currently PhD student in Social Work (URV). Since 2007 he has been working as coordinator of individualised projects in the Individualised Support Plan (PSI) in mental health care and addictions at the Pere Mata Institute. He has developed different research and publications on urban anthropology and maritime anthropology at the Maritime Museum of Barcelona (2008-2011) and the Museum of History of Cambrils (2010-2011). He has worked in the field of child and adolescent care at: CRAE Casa Sant Josep (2002-2007); Salou Town Council (1999-2004), Vandellòs and l'Hospitalet de l'Infant Town Council (1998-2000); and in different private leisure education and environmental education entities (1996-2002); he has also worked as a teacher at the Tarragona Leisure School (1998-2005).

Intervention areas: Mental health and addictions; social and cultural anthropology; childhood and adolescence.



Àngels Armengol Armengol

Member of the administrative staff in Valls City Council. She has some thirty years' professional experience in social services, public actions, urbanism and heritage. She holds a degree in Law from the Spanish National Distance Education University (UNED), a degree in Social Work from the University of Barcelona, and a Master's in Management and Local Law (comprising graduate courses in Local Law and Urban Law) from the URV. She has taught on the Master's in Management and the Management of Social Services at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2013-2015) and has been an adjunct lecturer at the URV since 2009.

Intervention areas: Social services at the municipal level; local public policies.



Àusies Arquimbau Barceló

Diploma in Social Work (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 2015). Postgraduate studies in International Cooperation in the Official Master's Degree in Development Cooperation, Public and NGDO Management (2016, University of Granada). He has 6 months of professional experience in India, directing the Vocational Training Project of the Fundació Vicenç Ferrer, working with young people with physical and intellectual disabilities. He also worked for four years in the field of elderly people, being the director of a residential centre for the last year. He has now returned to the field of disability, working in the Labour Integration Service of the CET of Fundació Onada.

Intervention areas: Elderly people; people with intellectual disabilities and mental health problems.

Area of interest: Social Work and Social Services.



Roger Borrull Gras

Diploma in Social Work (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 1999). He is completing his training in competences in public procurement for third sector entities. Since 2008 he has been a member of the Management team of the Social area of the Santa Tecla Health and Social Network, as head of the Home Care Service (Public and Private) and Director of the Casa Sant Josep Foundation in Tarragona, an entity dedicated to the protection of children through the management of Residential Centres and Family Shelters. 

Intervention areas: Children at risk; elderly people; people with dependency.

Area of interest: Social Work and Social Services.


Serena Brigidi

PhD in Anthropology of Medicine (URV, 2009), for which her thesis on migration and mental health received the honorary mention of the Marqués de Lozoya Award for Cultural Research (Spain, 2010), and a degree in Pedagogy from the Università degli Studi di Genova in Italy (2001). She assistant professor at the Sant Pau Nursing School of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She is a member of the URV's Medical Anthropology Research Centre (MARC) and a co-founder of MATER (observatory of contemporary maternity and paternity research group).

Research areas: Migration and mental health; experiences and institutional narratives on mental health care; gender, health, body and emotions; maternity studies: labour medicalization, pregnancy, nursing, breastfeeding and obstretic violence.



Neus Càrdenas Morell

She has been working as a social worker with people with disabilities at Villablanca Serveis Assistencials S.A. since 2008. In this field she also worked at a residence and day care centre for people with special needs (Marinada, Grup Pere Mata) from 2000 to 2008 and for Baix Camp Regional Council (1999). She holds a degree in Labour Sciences from the UOC (Open University of Catalonia) (2010) and a degree in Social Work from the Universitat de Barcelona (1997). She has ample specialist training, having earned a Master's in Psychosocial Rehabilitation in Mental Health from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) (2008) and graduate studies in Primary Care in Social Services (UAB, 1998) and Knowledge and Attention in Intellectual Disability (UAB) (1999).

Intervention areas: Specialised care services for intellectual disability and/or mental health.



Marina Claverias Fernández

Social Worker, specialized in social mentoring. Master's Degree in Citizenship and Human Rights: Ethics and Politics (UB). Trained in management and direction of associations and non-profit organizations. PhD. student in care ethics and inclusive social mentoring. She focuses her research on tools to ensure the sustainability of human life, social mentoring as an innovative tool for social transformation. She has worked in the area of socio-educational and labour orientation for young people. She is currently working on the coordination of mentoring projects at the Kilómetro Zero Association in Tarragona.

Intervention areas: Employment guidance; childhood and adolescence; social mentoring.



Carlos Alonso Chirinos Medina

PhD in Anthropology and Communication from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (2021), he has completed a master's degree in Medical Anthropology and International Health (URV, 2015), and a bachelor's in Social Anthropology (Pontifica Universidad Católica del Perú, 2010). He is currently doing a postdoctoral stay at Oxford Brookes University (2022) on long-term care and ageing. He is an adjunt lecturer at the URV and a member of the Medical Anthropology Research Centre (MARC-URV). He has participated in qualitative studies related to education, care, and health in rural areas of the Andes and the Peruvian Amazonian. His ethnographic work on elderly husbands as caregivers in rural Spain environments in contexts of disability and illness stands out. He is a member of the research team of the GenderCare R&D project (2018-2021), CUMADE Project (2020-2021), CareModel R&D Project (2021-2024), and RETCOV R&D Project (2022-2025).

Research areas: narratives and experiences of the illness; long-term family care; gender and kinship; aging processes and life cycle.

Area of interest: Social Anthropology.



Yolanda Domingo Calduch

Diploma in Social Work (UDL, 2001); postgraduate in Social Intervention in the field of Mental Health (Universitat Ramon Llull, 2003); Systemic Family Therapy (Centre de Teràpia Familiar Kine de Barcelona, 2007); Master's Degree in Health Social Work (UOC, 2016) and Master's Degree in Innovation in Social and Educational Intervention (URV, 2020). Since 2002 she has been working in the field of mental health at the Hospital Institut Pere Mata in Reus, and from 2005 to date in the PSI (Individualised Services Plan) as a social worker and, more specifically, as a case manager. Adjunct lecturer at the URV since 2021. She is currently working on her PhD thesis on the digitalisation of Social Services in Catalonia in the Doctoral Programme in Social Work at the URV, with the collaboration of the Fundació iSocial and the Fundació URV.

Research areas: mental health; social services and technological innovation in social services.

Area of interest: Social Work and Social Services



Anaïs Latur Subirat

Diploma in Social Work from the URV (2016). Postgraduate in the Systemic Relational Model (Centre de Teràpia Relacional i Familiar de Tarragona, 2020). She has worked as a social worker at the TarracoSalut Volunteer Association (2016-2018) and has also worked at the CRAE La Pastoreta in Reus (2019). She currently works at the Servei d'Intervenció Socioeducativa de Vila-seca (since 2018), at the Servei Tècnic de Punt de Trobada del Camp de Tarragona (since 2019) and collaborates as a tutor of practices of the Grau de Treball Social de la URV.

Intervention areas: tthird sector; children and families.

Area of interest: Social Work and Social Services.



Sílvia Mirete i Bara

Graduate in Social Work from the URV, and University Specialist in Music Therapy (UPV, 1999). She also has a postgraduate degree in Direction and Management of social-health centres and care centres for people in a situation of dependency (FUB, 2012). She has extensive training in elderly people, health, leadership and team management. Since 2003 she has been working in the field of health, elderly people and dependency at the Vila-seca residence of the Mutuam Group. Between 2003 and 2011 she worked as a social worker and since then, she has been managing this service. She has taught at the Red Cross and FRADA, among others, and has been a lecturer at the URV since 2022.

Research areas: health; elderly people; people with dependency.

Areas of interest: social work and social services.



Joan Muela Ribera

Master's in Medical Anthropology from Brunel University London and a PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He began his research in Medical Anthropology in the field of international health in Tanzania, conducting a study on care processes and social vulnerability related to children with malaria. He currently participates in numerous research projects, courses, workshops and consultancies with PASS-International, a non-profit organization dedicated to socio-anthropological research in international health projects, of which he is a founding member and researcher. He is a member of MARC (Medical Anthropology Research Centre, URV).

Research areas: Assessment of global health projects; social vulnerability; social determinants of health at the local level.



José Luis Muñido Guillén

Diploma in Social Work (EUTS-URV, 1997). Postgraduate studies in Stimulative Animation for the Elderly, Mental Health and Disabilities (URL, 1999), in Psychogeriatrics (UAB, 2000), and in Direction and Management of Residences and Services for the Elderly (URV, 2008). From 1997 to 2005, he has worked in different areas of social intervention; from 2006 to 2017, as a social worker and technical director of day centers and residences for the elderly of the social area of the Santa Tecla Network. From 2018 to the present, he has been working as a health social worker in the health area of the Network itself, specifically in socio-health care and primary health care. She is also a member of the Health Care Ethics Committee of this organization.

Areas of intervention: health; social and health care; primary health care; elderly people; people with dependency; management and direction of social services and health care ethics.

Area of interest: Social Work and Social Services.



Jordi Navarro Lliberato

Social worker, social educator and pedagogue with extensive graduate training in social management and intervention. He has worked in primary care public social services in Tarragona (1990-1995), Salou (1996-2004), and Valls (2011-2012). He was the director of the Tarragona offices of ADIGSA, a public company that manages the public social housing of the Catalan Government (2004-2011). Social worker and coordinator of the EAIA Alt Camp-Conca de Barberà (2012-2019). Since 2019, technical director of the SEIS-Vila-seca of the En Xarxa Foundation. He is a founding member of the NGO Fundació Casal Amic (for children at risk of exclusion) and has been its president since 1995. He has been an adjunct lecturer at the URV since 2000. He is a trainer in resilience and applied optimism, as well as the author of several specialized articles and books in that field. Social work doctoral student.

Intervention areas: Primary care; childhood and adolescence; resilience.



María Offenhenden

PhD in Anthropology from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (2017), Master in Migrations and Social Mediation (URV, 2012) and BA in Anthropology from the University of Buenos Aires (2008). Her main lines of research are international migration, reproductive work and the social organisation of care from an intersectional and transnational perspective, in rural and urban areas. She is the author of numerous publications where she has analysed these issues, paying special attention to processes of social stratification, gender, labour market segregation and its consequences for health, as well as processes of collective action and community organisation. She has participated in numerous national and international competitive research projects. Between 2019 and 2021 she has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale (Valais, Switzerland). She has also worked on several projects aimed at migrant population in different areas of social intervention (educational, legal, socio-assistance), in Milan (Italy) where she lived between 2005 and 2010. She is a member of the Institut Català d'Antropologia and is a member of the editorial board of the journal Quaderns del ICA.

Research areas: international migrations; reproductive work; social organisation of care; gender; health; labour market.

Area de interest: social anthropology.



Montserrat Pedret Risco

Graduate in Social Work (URV, 2003) and Master in Innovation in Social and Educational Intervention (URV, 2021). She has 18 years of experience as a social worker in the educational field, in different psycho-pedagogical counselling teams in Terres de l'Ebre. In continuous training, she stands out for her training related to school bullying and the prevention and detection of violence. She is a trainer of the Innovation Programme #Aquíproubullying of the Department of Education (Generalitat de Catalunya) aimed at teachers of educational centres. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Social Work of the Official College of Social Work of Catalonia, and a member of the Educational TS Working Group as part of the College’s Children's Commission.

Intervention areas: Education; childhood at risk and vulnerability.

Area of interest: social work and social services.



Josefa Perelló Bargalló

She is a social worker who provides complementary training in tools and conflict resolution; creativity as a tool for adapting to change; communication; political and citizen participation; team coaching; and techniques in the planning, management and evaluation of programmes. With a vast professional experience in community work, she has been managing a civic/cultural public facility of the Catalan Government since 1990. She also participates in several committees and work groups in the western districts of Tarragona. She has been an adjunct professor at the URV since 2001, teaching communitarian intervention and performing tutorial tasks related to fieldwork and students' final degree dissertations.

Intervention areas: Community work; western districts of Tarragona; the management of public facilities



Susana Ramírez Hita

PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology by the URV, specialising in Anthropology of Medicine (2003). Degree in Social Anthropology (U. Nacional de Misiones, Argentina, 1994). Member of the Medical Anthropology Research Center, and the Union of Scientists Committed to Society and Nature in Latin America. She works in the field of medical anthropology and her most important research has focused on the health conditions of different populations: gypsies (Spain and France), and Quechua indigenous people (Bolivia). She is currently researching the effects of pollution on the health of various populations in the Peruvian Amazon. She has been doing fieldwork in Latin America for more than 20 years. Among her most relevant books are: Salud intercultural. Crítica y problematización a partir del contexto boliviano (2011); Donde el viento llega cansado. Sistemas y prácticas de salud de la ciudad de Potosí (2005); Calidad de atención en salud. Prácticas y representaciones sociales de las poblaciones quechuas y aymaras del altiplano boliviano (2009) and Cuando la enfermedad se silencia. Sida y toxicidad en el oriente boliviano (2016).

Research areas: health conditions of diverse Latin American populations.



Isabella Riccò

PhD in Anthropology (URV,2017); Master in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology (2011) and Bachelor's degree in Anthropological Science (University of Bologna). From 2014 until 2017 she was a doctoral fellow at URV, and in 2016 she was visitor student at Oxford University for 5 months. Her PhD dissertation focuses on therapeutic pluralism, with particular emphasis on folk medicine, CAM and New Age therapies. Since 2017 she has worked on several international projects (Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+) at URV and UOC on the following topics: ageing, co-creation and participatory methodology, citizen science, digitalization and education. She was one of the coordinators of the project AGORAge: Ageing in a Caring Community (pilot of the H2020-COESO project) on community care and older people.

Research areas: ageing; citizen science; participatory methodology; e-health; therapeutic pluralism; alternative medicines; popular medicine.



Mireia Roca Escoda

Diploma in Social Work (2000) and Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology (2003) from the University of Barcelona; Master in Ethnographic Research, Anthropological Theory and Intercultural Relations (2012) and PhD in Social Anthropology (2018) by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She has practiced as a social worker in the field of mental health and the elderly (2009-2020), and has participated in research projects on caregiving from a gender and social justice perspective: Men caregivers (RecerCaixa, 2015-2018), GenderCare (R&D, 2018-2021) and CUMADE (CRUE SUPERA call, 2020-2021). She is also currently an adjunt lecturer at the Diploma of Social Work of the UB and researcher in the CAREMODEL project (R&D).

Research areas: social organization of care; people in situations of dependency.

Area of interest: Social Anthropology and Social Work.



Pilar Romera Lorenzo

Graduate in Social Work (1989, Escola Universitària Sant Fructuós de Tarragona - Universitat de Barcelona); Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology (1996, URV); Master in Drug Addiction (1998, Universitat de Barcelona) and Master in Group Analytical Psychotherapy (2012, Universitat Deusto i Fundació OMIE). For three years she was an Occupation Technician at Tarragona City Council, developing training and occupational programmes for groups with greater insertion difficulties. Since 1993 she has been a Social Worker at the Tarragona Drug Dependency Centre.

Intervention areas: Care in the field of drug addiction.

Area of interest:  Social Work and Social Services.



Olga Salvat Salvat

She holds a degree in Social Work from the Universitat de Barcelona (1992), a Master's in Ageing and Health from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the URV (2012), and graduate studies in Systemic Intervention in Non-clinical Contexts (Family Therapy School, Psychiatry Services of Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital, Barcelona, 1999).

Intervention areas: Hospital care in health and social intervention.



Llorenç Viña Mascarell

Diploma in Social Work (URV, 2017); Master's Degree in Innovation in Social and Educational Intervention (URV, 2021). She has collaborated in different research projects, such as, for example, Hombres cuidadores. Challenges and opportunities to reduce gender inequalities and address the needs of care (URV-UAB, 2016) or, recently, in the study of the social impact of COVID-19 in Tarragona (URV- IMSST, 2020). In the professional field, he has worked in the management of social, community, intercultural and volunteering projects in Spain for the Fundació "La Caixa". He has also worked as a social worker in the management of social mentoring projects and in the field of employment guidance and employment at the City Council of Tarragona. Currently, he is carrying out project coordination tasks for the Kilómetro Cero Association. She is also a member of the Board of Directors and of the communication, dissemination and fundraising commission of the same organisation.

Intervention areas: Community intervention and interculturality; childhood and youth; social mentoring; third sector; labour and employment guidance.

Areas of interest: Social Work and Social Services.