Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Research Group on Social Anthropology

As a result of the quality and intensity of this scientific production, the Social Anthropology Group has been recognized as a consolidated and funded research group since the beginning of the calls by the Generalitat of Catalonia.

For more than 25 years the Social Anthropology Group, have analyzed critically and reflexively different forms of social organization, changes in lifestyles and family structure, gender models and social and health policies.

The Research Group is composed of more than 30 researchers and maintains a gender balance that is practically parity.  Our current project is entitled "Inclusive Societies and Well-being: New Challenges for Cultural Diversity, Social Intervention and Health Policies" and it guides our research for the next three years. According to the strategic approaches of the Pillar III (Social Challenges) of the European Commission program, Horizon 2020, on the one hand, we propose to analyze the processes involved in the growing inequality with the aim of characterizing the causes and consequences and making innovative proposals to orientate the development of more effective policies on immigration, gender, care and health. On the other hand, we want to account for emerging phenomena linked to the flexibility, improvisation and uncertainty of liquid societies, such as hybrid identities, socio-political activism and bio-socialities.

The research strategy is the result of a long and progressive process of formation of the group, which is based on the training activity of the initial core of teachers who constituted the Department of Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Work more than four decades ago at the University Rovira i Virgili. We have a long-term research trajectory and it has a twofold task: to differentiate and specialize in specific fields of research and, at the same time, to link and combine research lines into sectoral projects and of wide-range.

We have three work axes transversal to different areas of study: gender, migration and qualitative methodology. These are framed in four lines of research around Spaces and Mobilities, Health, Identities and Social Intervention.