Universitat Rovira i Virgili

PhD Fellows

Elisa Alegre-Agís

Elisa holds a Martí Franqués (URV) predoctoral scholarship 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.

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



Julia Marine Chrètien

Julia is Martí i Franquès COFUND Doctoral Fellow in the Anthropology Department of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and student in the inter-university PhD in Gender Studies. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management (2016) and a Master 1 in Finance (2017) from Paris-Dauphine University, and a Master Degree in Development Studies (2019, 2020) from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She studies the problematics of care for adult and elderly people from various perspectives: feminist sociology and anthropology of Labour as main framework, ethics of care, queer studies, feminist epistemologies



Herena Coma

Herena holds a degree in Psychology (URV, 2014) and Anthropology and Human Evolution (URV, 2017), and Master in Quaternary Archaeology and Human Evolution (Erasmus Mundus, 2019) and Master's degree in Training for Teachers and Compulsory Secondary Education and Upper Secondary Education (2020). Currently she is a Fi-Agaur predoctoral scholarship holder of the Doctorate in Anthropology and Communication from the Rovira i Virgili University. Her thesis focuses on aging and organization of family care for the Moroccan population in Catalonia.



Lucía Denegri Méndez

Lucia holds a degree in Psychology from Universidad del Salvador (Buenos Aires, 2007), with training studies in psychoanalysis, and a Master's Degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health from Universitat Rovira i Virgili (2020). Her work experience has been in the fields of clinical psychology and education, in different public and private projects and institutions in Peru. She has been a teacher in Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya's Psychology Department. During her master's studies she has done research in mental health, agency, body and gender in the case of women diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome in Catalonia.

Currently, she is working on her doctoral thesis as a predoctoral fellow in the Martí-Franquès Research Fellowship Programme (2021-2023). As a doctoral student, her interests are focused in exploring dimensions of corporeality, identity and intersubjectivity within the Anthropology and Phenomenology of the Locked-in Syndrome project at the Department of Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Work at Universitat Rovira i Virgili.


Enric Garcia Torrents Pre-doctoral researcher beneficiary of a contract for the training of university professors from the Ministry of Universities (FPU 2019). Graduate in Anthropology and Human Evolution (URV/UOC, 2018), Master in International Trade (ISEAD, 2012) and Master in Biological Anthropology, specialty in human diversity and biomedical applications (UB/UAB, 2020). He has been a research assistant and external contractor in institutions such as Stanford Law School at Stanford University and the Graduate Institute Geneva, working on the analysis of social networks and the impact of cognitive biases on decision making. More recently, he has conducted research on the etiology of schizophrenia and other mental disorders at the FIDMAG Hermanas Hospitalarias Research Foundation. As a student he has been the recipient of an international mobility scholarship at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona (2015), a collaboration scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (2017) and a master's scholarship from the Universia Foundation (2019). He is currently developing his thesis on severe mental disorders, alternatives to coercion and social approaches to mental health at the Medical Anthropology Research Center.

Research interests: insanity, mental health, biocultural diversity, human rights



Thalita Kalix Garcia

She is a PhD student in Anthropology and Communication at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV). Master in Tourism from Universidade de Brasília - UnB (2016), and degree in Social Communication (2008) from the same university. She has culinary certification from Le Cordon Bleu Paris (2012) and from the University of Arts of Florence - FUA (2013). Since 2015 she has been researching Brazilian food culture as heritage, its inventories and tourism as a development tool. Her current research focuses on the role of Slow Food, as a civil society movement, in safeguarding food heritage in Brazil and Germany.

Research interests: Socio-anthropology of food, heritage, social movements, food security and sovereignty, tourism.



Marc Gónzalez Puente

He holds a bacherlor degree in Environmental Sciences from the UAB (2010), Master in Environmental Studies - Global Change and Climate Change by the ICTA-UAB (2011), and Master in Urban Anthropology, Migrations and Social Intervention by the URV (2019). Since 2012 he has participated in research activities on environmental geography, governance and local knowledge in complex socio-ecological systems. He has also been trained in Rural Development and Geographic information Systems and has worked as a technician in the agri-food production and processing field. He is currently working on his doctoral thesis on the processes of de-agrarianization and re-agrarianization in Catalonia, public re-agrarianization programmes, and the transformations of land signification. Currently he is a Martí Franqués predoctoral scholar (2020-2022) of the Doctorate in Anthropology and Communication at the Rovira i Virgili University.

Research interests: Environmental anthropology; agrarian anthropology; agrarian transformations rural development; social reproduction; materiality of natural resources



Oscar Lamora

Predoctoral Fellow FI (AGAUR) of the PhD in Anthropology and Communication at the University Rovira i Virgili. Graduate in Social and Cultural Anthropology (2017) by the UNED and Master in Medical Anthropology and Global Health (2019) by the URV. He is currently developing a research work and anthropological review about Pica disorder in the framework of his doctoral thesis. Winner of the Carmelo Lisón Prize 2019 awarded by the Lisón-Donald Foundation.

Research interests: mental health, food, art



Marta Pi

She holds a degree on Social and cultural anthropologist from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2012), Master in Direction, Management and Intervention in Social Services at Ramon Llull University (2016) and Master in Social Gerontology at IL3-UB. Since 2016, she has been involved in various projects related to the field of the elderly and care. Currently pursuing a doctorate in Anthropology and Communication at the URV, focused on collaborative housing for the elderly, in the narratives on active ageing, care and care for dependency in this space.

Research interests: long-term care, narratives of active ageing, collaborative housing, care roles, incidence of COVID-19



Josep Puigbo Testagorda

Josep holds a degree 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 interests: 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