Universitat Rovira i Virgili

URV MARC Members (A-M)

Alegre Agís, Elisa, B.Sc; M.Sc.

Elisa is a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology and Communication at the Rovira i Virgili University (URV). She holds a Bachelors in Social and Cultural Anthropology (2012) and a Master's Degree in Medical Anthropology and International Health (2014) from URV, and received her  Social Worker degree at the University of Valencia (2009). Since 2013, she has worked as a researcher in various research projects on Health, Mental Health and Youth and for different entities such as the Borja Bioethics Institute and the Official College of Social Work of Catalonia. Currently, she is developing her doctoral thesis on severe mental disorders and healing within the domestic space. In 2015 she received the Santander Ibero-America at the Institute of Anthropological Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires.




Claudia María Anleu Hernández, Ph.D.

Claudia María Anleu Hernández holds a PhD in Migrations and Social Mediation (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 2015), a Master's in Social Psychology and Political Violence (San Carlos de Guatemala University, USAC, 2004), a Master's in Migration and Social Mediation (URV, 2010), and a degree in Social Work (Universidad Rafael Landívar, Guatemala, 2001). She taught Social Work at Universidad Rafael Landívar for four years (1998-2001) and was a guest lecturer on the Master's in Social Psychology and Political Violence at USAC School of Psychology in Guatemala. She has been an adjunct lecturer at the URV since 2014.



Allué Martínez, Marta, M.Sc.; Ph.D.

Marta holds a Bachelors in Geography and History from the University of Barcelona (1979), a Masters in Medical Anthropology from Rovira i Virgili University (1994-96), and has a Doctorate in Social and Cultural Anthropology (URV, 2001). She is a member of the Association for the Right to Die with Dignity (DMD-Catalunya and KREAMICS), and the Associació d'afectats per cremades de Catalunya. Additionally, Marta is an author of Amores lejanos. Historias de parejas transnacionales (with Jordi Roca, 2016), Perder la Piel  (1996), El paciente inquieto. Los servicios de atención médica y la ciutadania (2013) i La piel curtida (2008).


Araüna i Baró, Nuria, M.Sc., Ph.D

Nuria has a doctorate in Communication from the Rovira i Virgili University, a Masters in Creative Documentary and is a member of the ASTERISC Research Group. She has participated in research projects devoted to the study of cultural identities in audiovisual representations, and in particular, gender and sexual and affective relationships. Nuria also specializes in teen audiences regarding the use of digital media. Currently, she participates in an R & D Project: Memories in second grade: post-commemoration of the Civil War, Francoism and Democratic Transition in Spanish contemporary society, and directs the project 'LINE on games'. She is the representative of the young European researchers (YECREA) within the Gender and Communication section of of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).



Aronovich, Adam Andros, M.A

Adam Aronovich holds an Master's in Medical Anthropology and Global Health from the University Rovira i Virgili, a Bachelor's in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences from Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel, and a Diploma in Traditional Mexican Medicine from the University of Morelos in Mexico. He currently works and carries out field work in the Peruvian Amazon, and coordinates the qualitative part of a joint study between the Temple of the Way of Light, ICEERS and the Beckley Foundation, on the therapeutic effects of ayahuasca. In addition to his interest in the therapeutic and extra-therapeutic applications of psychedelic medicines and his increasing inclusion in the globalized scenario, he is interested in the social, cultural and environmental dimensions of mental health and in the emergence of new paradigms of interdependent and reciprocal health that sees beyond the extreme individualism of modernity.



Barceló Prats, Josep, Ph.D.

Josep holds a Diploma in Podiatry from the University of Barcelona (2002) and in Nursing from the Rovira i Virgili University of Tarragona (2006). He obtained his Masters degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology (2008) and his Doctorate in Anthropology at the URV (2014).  Since 2009 he has been a professor and researcher in the Department of Nursing at URV. He centers his studies on the history of the Healthcare Institutions in Catalonia through the analysis of their meanings. In 2014 the Uriach Foundation 1838 awarded him with the XLV Prize for the History of Medicine for the work entitled "The Merging Process in the City of Tarragona (1464)". In 2015 he won The Tarragonan Prize Lucius Licinius Sura Research Fellowship from the Tarragonan Local Council for the publication of his book Local power, government and public assistance: the Hospital de Sant Pau and Santa Tecla de Tarragona. He is currently a member of the Advanced Nursing Research Group (SGR1030).




Bekele, Deborah, M.Sc.

Deborah is an anthropologist and epidemiologist with 10 years of experience in transnational and international research projects that involve qualitative and quantitative approaches and analysis. Her professional work and experience have allowed her to apply different approaches, critiques and interpretations that help to improve the value and applicability of the results of the investigation to the relevant sample population, as well as to the great world population. She has worked as a senior analyst on projects in Africa focusing on financial inclusion of marginalised populations. Deborah finds great pleasure in interacting with professionals from various academic and philosophical experiences and approaches, and always seeks to involve different perspectives in the research dialogue. Her doctorate is focused on masculinity and prostate and testicular cancer.




Belzunegui-Eraso, Angel Ph.D

Dr. Belzunegui-Eraso currently works at the History and Art History (Sociology section), Rovira i Virgili University (Spain). Angel does research in social exclusion and poverty and health. Their current project is Social Determinants of Health. Skills and expertise: Quantitative Social Research, Sociology, Social capital, Social exclusion and Public Health. He has been principal investigator in competitive projects at national and international level and director of the Jean Monnet module "The challenges of the European Union in the social agenda: poverty, inequality and social inclusion". Web of Science ResearcherID: I-7657-2015.


Brigidi, Serena, M.Sc.; Ph.D.

Serena Brigidi is Doctrate in Medical Anthropology. Her dissertation focused on in Migration and Mental Health (2009, URV); Honorable mention in the Marqués de Lozoya Prize (2010). Since 2010, she has worked in various Universities of Health Sciences in Catalonia (UAB, URV, UVIC, URL) and in training projects for health professionals on gender and health issues. Serena is Co-founder of MATER, Observatori de les maternitats and paternitats conteorànies, and since 2010, she has been Coordinator of the Cinema, Health and Culture Seminar; Co-founder of OVO, Obstetric Violence Observatory in Spain; board member of Dona Llum, Associació Catalana per un part Respectat. She is Member of CAPS - Center d'Anàlisi i Programes Sanitaris. Serena is an expert in the field of gender and health, her lines of research are framed in gender violence, obstetric violence, medicalization of childbirth/pregnancy/parenting, breastfeeding, migration and mental health/health.



Casadó i Marín, Lina, M.Sc.; Ph.D.

Lina is an Anthropologist and Nurse. She holds a Masters in Medical Anthropology and Doctorate in Anthropology from Rovira i Virgili University. Since 2003 she has participated in different projects on health, nutrition and the body. She has been visiting professor at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Durham in the United Kingdom and visiting researcher at The Amsterdam School for Social Science Research (ASSR) at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. She is currently a professor in the Nursing Department of the URV.




Cela Bertran, Xavi, B.Sc; M.Sc

Xavi holds a Bachelor´s in Political Science from the UAB (2008) and Master's Degree in Anthropology and Ethnography from the UB (2012). He is currently doing his PhD on youth, masculinity, and mental suffering in the Anthropology and Communication program at the URV. He completed a research fellowship at the Instituto de investigaciones Gino Germani (UBA, Argentina), and is currently a professor in the Salud mental colectiva: dispositivos y herramientas para la elaboración de procesos participativos en salud mental postgraduate program. Xavi participates in different research projects in the field of mental illness and the prevention of gender-related violence with young people. He has been coordinator and member of the Cooperativa Candela Acció Comunitària i Feminista SCCL (www.candela.cat) since 2011 and participates as a coordinator and educator in several youth mental health projects with the Cooperativa Aixec SCCL (www.aixec. cat).



Chirinos Medina, Carlos, M.Sc

Carlos is a graduate in Social Anthropologist graduate from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (2010), and holds a Masters in Medical Anthropology and International Health (2015) from Rovira i Virgili University.  He is a PhD student in Anthropology and Communication at URV. Since 2008, he participated in various studies related to social policies in education and health in contexts of social inequality, as well as local studies concerning family relationships and childcare in mainly rural areas of the Andes and the Peruvian jungle. His research these is on senior caregivers in situations of illness and disability during marriage in Spain. Carlos is also interested in food and its processes of acculturation.




Cirera Serrallonga, Eva

Eva is a Physiotherapist at the Neurological Stimulation Unit (UEN), and is a member of the Group of Aquatic Therapy and coordinator of the Commission of Neurology. at the College of Physiotherapists of Catalonia.  She acts as the interlocutor of the Interest Group of Osona and Ripollès of the College of Physiotherapists of Catalonia. She received her doctorate in Anthropology and Communication by the URV, and Postgraduate degree in Neurology, and a Masters in Medical Anthropology and International Health.  She is trained in Basale Stimulation®, Affolter, Halliwick concept, Neuromuscular Embossing, and Kinaesthetics.



Comas D'Argemir, Dolors, Ph.D.

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.



Comelles Esteban, Josep Maria, M.Sc.; Ph.D.

Josep is a professor of anthropology in Tarragona since 1977. He is one of the founders of the School of Tarragona and professor emeritus since 2015. He is a doctor in Anthropology (EHESS, Paris) and a doctor in Medicine (UB). Bachelor in Philosophy and Letters (Psychology, UB) and specialist in Psychiatry. He has been a guest professor at the universities of Paris X (Nanterre), Lumière Lyon 2, Amsterdam, Perugia, Buenos Aires and in CIESAS (Mexico City). His fields of specialty are medical anthropology and the history of science (anthropology, medicine and psychiatry), with a corner reserved for the Romería del Rocío in Andalusia. At the URV, he was the founder of the Master in Medical Anthropology and International Health (2006-2014), of the doctorate in Medical Anthropology (1994-2000) and the MARC.




Correa-Urquiza Vidal Freyre, Martín, M.Sc.; Ph.D.

Martin received his Doctorate in Medical Anthropology from the URV in 2010. He holds a Degree in Communications Sciences (Universidad de Buenos Aires, 1997), a Masters in Public Opinion (FLACSO, 1998), and another Masters in Social and Cultural Anthropology (UAB, 2005). Currently he is an Associate Professor at the URV, co-director and coordinator of the Postgraduate in Collective Mental Health (FURV-FCCSM) and a consultant at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). He has carried out research in the field of health, mental health and community communication. He is the founder and general coordinator of the socio-cultural Radio Nikosia Association. In addition to belonging to the Social Anthropology Research Group (URV), he is coordinator of the Research Group on Anthropology of Bogeria, from the Catalan Institute of Anthropology.




Cuadrada, Coral, M.Sc.; Ph.D.

Coral is professor of Historiography, Archivism, Medieval History and History of Women at URV and the Interuniversity Masters Degree in Women, Gender and Citizenship Studies. She was co-founder, in 1989, of gender, race, ethnicity, and class (GRÊC )Multidisciplinary Research Group, and later held the role of Coordinator from 2004 to 2009, and co-authored the website. Coral is a researcher-founder of the MARC and research group, Magenta. Currently she is PI of the research group For Love in the City Feminist Studies.  In the past she has worked on Research and Developing and Innovation (RD&I) projects as PI, lectured at Conferences, Seminars, and Workshops, whilst also publishing and writing several books on themes surrounding gender, feminism, and the history of medicine.




Deusdad, Blanca, M.Sc.; Ph.D. 

Blanca currently coordinates the European Project H2020: SoCaTel. A multi-stakeholder co-creation platform for better access to Long-Term Care services (2017-20).  In 2002, she received her Doctorate in Sociology from the University of Barcelona, with a Degree in Geography and History, and specialization in cultural anthropology (UB, 1989). Received a Fulbright postdoctoral scholar at Univ. of Boston and Harvard in 2003, recipient of the XII Batec Prize for Educational Research and Innovation, with the Immigrants in schools in 2009. Since 2009, Blanca has been Professor. She is editor of the Special Issue Journal of Social Service Research (2016) on aging and economic crisis, and coordinator of the Interuniversity Master's Degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health, since 2016. She has participated in the COST Action IS1102 Social Services, Welfare State and Places (2011-2016) project, as well as a researcher on the COST Action IS1402 Ageism Project, a multi-national interdisciplinary perspective. She is a member of the Housing Chair and of the UNESCO Chair of the Mediterranean Intercultural Dialogue, of the URV.




Farré Coma, Jordi, M.Sc.; Ph.D. 

Jordi is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at URV. His research interests are focused on the study of the processes and practices of risk communication, with special emphasis on trust, risk governance and the perception of risk as a whole. He is the author of several books and articles, including Theory of Risk Communication co-authored with Juan Luis Gonzalo. Jordi has also been the PI of two consecutive projects funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology (SEJ2004-00892) and (SEJ2007 63095) and has participated in the 7th EU Framework Program (KBBE-2009-3-245124. Benefit / risk perception and communication in the food chain). He is currently the director of the ASTERISC Communication Research Group.




Gonzalo Iglesia, Juan Luis, Ph.D.

Juan Luis is a lecturer at the Department of Communication Studies of the URV. His doctoral thesis focused on risk communication.  He is the author of several books and articles, and co-authored with Jordi Farré 'Theory of Risk Communication'. Currently Juan Luis is a member of the ASTERISC Communication Research Group.




Gracia Arnaiz, Mabel,M.Sc.; Ph.D. 

Mabel holds a Doctorate in Geography and History, Urban Anthropology from the University of Barcelona (1994). She is an accredited university profesor by ANECA (2013), has been a researcher and visiting professor, among others, at the Edgar Morin Center (CNRS, Paris), Center for Investigations and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS, Mexico); and Visiting Fellow at Durham University (UK) and at the Food Studies Center of SOAS, University of London (UK). She has coordinated several R&D projects and has done fieldwork in Spain and Mexico on "food modernity". Mabel has held various academic management positions at the URV and currently is its Director of the Department of Anthropology, Philosophy.




Guix, Joan, Ph.D.

Joan is Professor Honorem in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at URV, and a research member of the Pere Virgili Health Research Institute (Health and the Environment). He received his Doctorate in Medicine from URV (2004), specialization in General and Digestive Surgery (MIR-1981) in Preventive Medicine and Public Health (2003), and Master en Public Health (UB-1991). Joan has held various positions in medical care management in the field of Public Health. He was associate professor of the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at the URV until 2016, and of Epidemiology for the Interuniversity Masters in Medical Anthropology and Global Health (MAMSIg) (2006 to 2015). He is currently Secretary of Public Health of the Department of Health for the Government of the Generalitat de Catalunya, as well as visiting professor of the Masters in Public Health at the UPF, and the Master's in Public and Social Policies of the Pompeu Fabra-Johns Hopkins University University.



Itzhak, Nofit, M.A., Ph.D

Nofit is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow and Beatriu de Pinós fellow at the Department of Anthropology, Philosophy, and Social Work at the URV. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of California in San Diego (2016). Her current research project studies people's relationship to the future at times of crisis and social change by investigating their relationship to childhood, child-rearing, and to children's use of digital technologies. The study addresses these issues through an ethnographic exploration of the broader relational contexts within which children's and parents' engagement with digital technologies takes place, including such spaces as Fabrication Labs and Makerspaces, attending in particular to the experience of play, creativity and mind-wandering on the one hand, and to those of capture and addiction on the other. Nofit's previous research projects include a study of Catholic Charismatic humanitarian missions in France and in Rwanda, and a study of neo-shamanic practice in the United States. Her work received support from the Wenner Gren Foundation, the Society for Psychological Anthropology, and the University of California, among others.


Lozano Monterrubio, Natalia, M.Sc., Ph.D

Is a Doctor of Communication with an international mention by the Rovira i Virgili University (2015). Bachelor of Public Relations and Public Relations (URV 2008), Master in International Public Relations (Cardiff University 2010) and Master's in Secondary School Teacher Training (URV 2016). His research focuses on online public relations, food communication, tourism brands and gamification. He has participated in the FoodRisC project funded by the European Union on food security, EYTO granted by the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers on the promotion of healthy lifestyles among adolescents, COMTUR on the influence of social media in the decision making of tourism of the MICINN and the project Aula de Juegos Bridge awarded by the ICE-URV to introduce board games in educational centers as tools for the teaching of transversal skills.




Martínez Hernáez, Àngel, M.Sc.; Ph.D.

Angel received his Doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Barcelona (1994). In 2012 he received university accreditation as professor from ANECA.  He has taken different academic positions at URV, and held the position of Director in the Department of Anthropology, Philosophy and Social work from 2012 to 2016. He has been a visiting professor, professor/researcher, among others roles, at the UB, the University of California at Berkeley, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the University of Perugia Studies and several universities in Brazil. He currently acts as as advisor, expert and evaluator of different public bodies, among which are the World Health Organization-Regional Office for Europe and the VI EU Framework Program. He has published more than 100 articles and book chapters, as well as different books.




Masana, Lina, M.Sc.; Ph.D.

PhD in Medical Anthropology (URV, 2013) and Master in Medical Anthropology and International Health (URV, 2008), master and doctorate Distinction Award (with Hons). Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology (UB, 2002) and Diploma in Education (UB, 1999). Specialist in ethnographic methodology, qualitative applied health research and analysis of illness narratives. She has worked extensively on the issue of the experience and management of chronic illnesses (chronicity) and related areas such as disability, dependency, public policies and global health. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher within the project Anthropology and Phenomenology of the Locked-In Syndrome at the Department of Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Work of the Rovira i Virgili University (DAFiTS-URV) and a member of the Medical Anthropology Research Center (MARC-URV ). She is a professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Barcelona (UB) and at the Institute of Global Health of Barcelona (ISGlobal).



Martorell Poveda, Maria Antònia, M.Sc.; Ph.D.

Maria  Antonia is a nurse and anthropologist.  Sher received her Doctorate in Medical Anthropology from the Rovira i Virgili University (2009). Currently she is Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing at the URV and coordinator of the University's Ibero-American Nursing Network (RIE) and has been a researcher and visiting professor at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS, Mexico City), Department of Anthropology of the Autonomous University of Morelos State (Cuernavaca, Mexico), and at the Institute of Health Coletiva, Federal University of Bahia (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil). Her main line of work is developed around the socio-cultural study of dementia, with special emphasis on Alzheimer's disease. Her recently published the book Memories of the Heart: experiences, practices and social representations of family caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease. Editorial Group 5, 2015.




Moragas Fernández, Carlota, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Carlota is a Doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology and Communication, and works as Managing Editor of the Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies. She received her Bachelors degree in Advertising and Public Relations and in Journalism and her Masters in Strategic Communication in Risk Society, from the University Rovira i Virgili. Her research focuses on the constructive processes of the Catalan and Scotland speeches on Independence, and especially on the role played by the conceptual metaphor and how the interaction facilitated by the 2.0 environment has changed the dynamics of action of the political parties regarding citizenship.




Morales, Nicolás, M.D., M.Sc.

Dr. Morales has a medical degree from Universidad de Santiago (Chile) and holds a Master in Social Anthropology from Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS), Mexico City. Currently he is a PhD Student in Anthropology and Communcation, at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, with a research titled "Towards a political anthropology of mental health. From asylum to activism in Sourthen Area of Santiago, Chile (1968-2018)". Has developed qualitative research projects focused on indigenous mental health (Tarapacá, Chile), everyday violences against children in urban spaces (Iztapalapa, Ciudad de México) and effects on the subjectivity of Relatives of Disappeared-Detainees confronted to forensic evidences (Paine, Chile).




Moreras Palenzuela, Jordi, M.Sc.; Ph.D.

Jordi received his Doctorate in Anthropology from URV (2009) and his Masters in Euro-Arab Studies (University of Girona, 1993). From 1995 and 2001 he was coordinator in the area of migration for the Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB) and, from 2002 and 2003, he was in charge of studies for the Secretariat of Religious Affairs of the Generalitat of Catalonia. He has published eight monographs and several articles in magazines such as The Muslim World, Ethnology Magazine of Catalonia, Archive of Ethnography of Catalonia, International Affairs, Migrations or Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales, among others.




Muela, Joan, M.Sc.; Ph.D.

Joan has a MSc in Medical Anthropology from Brunel University (London) and PhD from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He began his research in medical anthropology in the field of international health in Tanzania, with a study on care processes and social vulnerability for child malaria. He currently participates in different 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.




MARC members (N-Z)


Lluis Mallart

Eduardo Menendez


Susan DiGiacomo

Tullio Seppilli