Universitat Rovira i Virgili

PhD Fellows

Giulia Campaioli

 Bachelor in Psychological Sciences and Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Padua, Italy. Since publishing her first paper on pro-Ana online groups, Giulia has developed her research interest in the digital transformation of society and critical approaches in the social sciences, engaging in research collaborations and transdisciplinary training. She has carried out qualitative inquiry on rejection, digital media, and user's safety collaborating with the University of Padua, Northumbria University (UK); she also collaborated with the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and Cooperativa Nivalis (Milan, Italy) on gamification approaches to tele-psychotherapy. She is now a PhD student in Anthropology and Communication, line of Medical Anthropology and global health, where she applies her background in mental health to investigate gender-based violence in Brazil.



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.


Manuel D'Hers Del Pozo

Pre-doctoral fellow of the Martí Franqués programme (2022-2024) for the completion of his thesis in the PhD programme in Anthropology and Communication at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. He holds a degree in Anthropology from the Universidad Central de Venezuela (Caracas, 2016) and a Master's degree in Urban Anthropology, Migrations and Social Intervention from the URV (2020). He is currently concentrating his efforts on the concept of "immobile migration" through his research on the care work of elderly people who remain in their places of origin, under circumstances marked by (in)mobility, as well as conditioned by the times of complex and multifactorial crisis that are being experienced in the Venezuelan territory.

Research interests: transnational migration, (in)mobility, times of crisis, care 



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



Julieta Maure

Graduated in Medicine from the National University of Cuyo (Mendoza, Argentina) in 2015. Master's degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health by URV in 2019. She has developed teaching activity in the medical career and has participated and coordinated social inclusion projects linked to Comprehensive Sexual Education in childhood and adolescence with educational institutions in vulnerable populations in the province of Mendoza. She has worked as a primary care physician in the city of Barcelona. She is currently a pre-doctoral researcher in the URV's Anthropology and Communication programme, in the line of Medical Anthropology and works as an assistant lecturer in the subject Marginalisation and Social Exclusion in the Bachelor's Degree in Social Work.

Research interest: Medical Anthropology 



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



Ana Santangelo

Graduate in Social and Cultural Anthropology by the University of Granada (2016). Master's degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health by Rovira i Virgili University (2020). She works as an independent ethnographic collaborator and consultant. She is currently a pre-doctoral fellow FI-Agaur of the Programme in Anthropology and Communication by Universitat Rovira i Virgili. She is working on her doctoral thesis on the sexual experiences of people with Locked-in Syndrome within the framework of the project "Anthropology and Phenomenology of Locked-in Syndrome" of the Department of Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Work from URV.

Resarch interest: medical anthropology, sexuality; locked-in syndrome




Elisa Alegre-Agís

Research interest: Mental health; madness; family; history of psychiatry, gender.

Thesis: Stultifera domus. Del manicomio a la institución doméstica total: vida cotidiana, familia y esquizofrenia

Supervisors: Dr. Josep Maria Comelles, Dr. Àngel Martínez 



Carlos Alonso Chirinos Medina

Research interest: social inequality, gender and life course; care and family; biomedical culture, narratives and experiences of illness; cultural processes of cooking, sustainability and food security

Thesis: Cuando los hombres cuidan... cuando los esposos mayores cuidan. Experiencias de cuidado conyugal en contextos de enfermedad y discapacidad

Supervisor: Dr. Dolors Comas d'Argemir


Josep Puigbo Testagorda

Research interest: Urban and built space anthropology; technology, heritage.


Supervisors: Dr. Joan Josep Pujadas



Isabella Riccò

Research interest: 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 interest: 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; Dr. Jordi Moreras.



Laia Ventura Garcia

Research interest: chagas, risk, body

Thesis: Mal de Chagas: una etnografia corporeïtzada sobre el risc latent 

Supervisor: Dr. Àngel Martínez Hernáez.



Maria Offenhenden

Research interest: migrations, domestic work; Stratified reproduction

Thesis: "Si hay que romperse una, se rompe" El trabajo del hogar y la reproducción social estratificada 

Supervisors:  Dr. Yolanda Bodoque, Dr. Montserrat Soronellas



Egbe Manfred Egbe

Research interest: 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, Dr. Mabel Gracia


Claudia María Anleu Hernández

Research interest: 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: Dr. Carmina Puig, Dr. Montserrat Soronellas