Who we are

The European Social Research Unit (ESRU) is integrated in the Department of Social Anthropology of the University of Barcelona, and works closely with the Research Group on Gender, Identity and Diversity (GENI). Dedicated to developing applied and academic anthropological research in the fields of identity, discrimination, othering and social control, the ESRU provides a strategic, integrated approach to understanding sex-gendered constructs, racism and racialized identities, and migration processes. Currently, at the ESRU, we are conducting research on the specific areas of online hate speech, LGBT-phobia, asylum processes, and victims’ support systems. The research undertaken by the ESRU stems from the ethnographic tradition of anthropology, adopting the intersectional approach whilst reconciling the in-depth conceptual debate with a pragmatic analytical framework, allowing for our findings to go beyond analysis to produce applied outcomes.

Staff Members

Dr. Olga Jubany
Associate Professor. Director of the European Social Research Unit

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PROF. Joan Bestard Camps
Professor Emeritus

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DR. Rosa Lázaro Castellanos
Researcher and lecturer

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Dr. Jordi Mas Grau

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Malin Roiha

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Alèxia Rué
PhD Candidate, Researcher

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Research Projects


Jubany, O. (2017). Screening asylum in a culture of disbelief: Truths, Denials, and Skeptical Borders. Londres: Palgrave MacMillan.

Jubany, O. (2017). “Unmasking the cultural construction of asylum screening at borders”. in Vecchio, F. i Gerard, A, Entrapping Asylum Seekers. Londres: Palgrave MacMillan.

Langarita Adiego, J.A. and Mas Grau, J. (2017). “Antropología y diversidad sexual y de género en España. Hacia la construcción de una especialidad disciplinaria”Revista de Dialectología y Tradiciones Populares, 72 (2), pp. 311 -334.

Lázaro Castellanos, R., & Jubany Baucells, O. (2017). Interseccionalidad del género y mercado de trabajo postfordista. La ventana. Revista de estudios de género5(46), 202-243.

Mas Grau, J. (2017). “Del transexualismo a la disforia de género en el DSM. Cambios terminológicos, misma esencia patologizante”. Revista Internacional de Sociología, 75 (2), pp. e059.

Jubany, O. (2016). Background, Experiences and Responses to Online Speech: An Ethnographic Multi-sited Analysis at 2nd Annual International Conference on Social Science and Contemporary Humanity Development, Wuhan, Hubei, China, 15-17 July 2016. Atlantis Press.

Jubany, O. (2016). “International migration into Europe: from subjects to abjects”. Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies. Vol 39, Issue 12, June 2016.

Mas Grau, J. (2016). “¿Hombres sin pene? La construcción de la masculinidad en personas trans”, in Mérida-Jiménez, Rafael (ed.) Masculinidades disidentes. Barcelona: Icaria.

Mas Grau, J. (2016). Book Review. “Transbarcelonas. Cultura, género y sexualidad en la España del siglo XX, by Rafael Mérida Jiménez”Athenea Digital. Revista de pensamiento e investigación social, 16(3), pp. 539 – 543.

Guasch, O. and Mas Grau, J. (2015) “Proyectos corporales, género e identidad en España: del travestí al transexual (1970-1995)”, in Rafael Mérida-Jiménez (ed.) Las Masculinidades en la Transición. Madrid: Egales.

Güell, B.; Parella, S. and Valenzuela, H. (2015) “La economía étnica en perspectiva: del anclaje a la fluidez en la urbe global”. Alteridades, 25 (50): 33-46.

Güell, B. (2015) “The Backstage of Pakistani Businesses in Barcelona: Unravelling Strategies from the Ground”. South Asian Diaspora. DOI: 10.1080/19438192.2015.1092296

Jubany, O.;Caponio T.; and Güell, B. (2015) “Civic integration policies from below: Accounting for processes of convergence and divergence in four European cities”. Ethnic and Racial Studies. Routledge: Taylor and Francis Group: ISSN:0141-9870. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2015.1080379.

Jubany, O. and Perocco, F. (eds) (2015) Vulnerable Workers in Times of Social Transformations: Discrimination and Participation of Young and Older Workers, and Social Dialogue Stances. Col. Società e trasformazioni social, num 2, Edizioni Ca Foscari. DOI: 10.14277/978-88-6969-012-9.

Mas Grau, J. (2015). “Transexualidad y transgenerismo. Una aproximación teórica y etnográfica a dos paradigmas enfrentados”Revista de Dialectología y Tradiciones Populares, 70(2), pp.485-501.

Mas Grau, J. (2015). Book Review. “ En tu árbol o en el mío. Una aproximación etnográfica a la práctica del sexo anónimo entre hombres, by Jose Antonio Langarita”AIBR,Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana, 10(2), pp. 289-292.

Mas Grau, J. and Guasch, O. (2015) “Procesos asistenciales y transexualidad: el caso español”, in Mérida-Jiménez, Rafael (ed.) Memorias, identidades y experiencias trans. (In)visibilidades entre Argentina y España. Buenos Aires: Editorial Biblos.

Guasch, O. and Mas Grau, J. (2014) “La construcción médico-social de la transexualidad en España: 1970-2014”,Gazeta de Antropología, 30(3).

Guasch, O. and Mas Grau, J. (2014) “Bodily, Gender, and Identity Projects in Spain: From the Transvestite to the Transsexual”, in Rafael Mérida-Jiménez (ed.) Hispanic (LGT) Masculinities in Transition. New York: Peter Lang.

Jubany, O. and Davis, R. (2014)  Trade Unions and migration in Europe: the modern paradox of  workforce diversity. In Sperotti, E. (ed)   “How Global Migration Changes the Workforce Diversity Equation”. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. UK.

Jubany, O. (ed.) (2014) LinkAge: Labour market integration of vulnerable age groups. Publicacions i Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona.

Jubany, O. and Davis, R. (2014) Immigrazione e dialogo sociale in Europe: un approccio empíricon. In: Carrera, F and Galossi, E. (eds)  “Immigrazione e sindicato: Lavoro, cittadinanza e rappresentanza”. Ediesse, Roma, It. http://www.ires.it/contenuti/immigrazione-e-sindacato-vii-rapporto

Jubany, O. (2013) Fortress Europe: dispatches from a gated continent. Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies. Vol 36, Issue 11, October 2013

Mas Grau, J. (2013) “La patologización de la transexualidad. Un mecanismo legitimador de nuestro sistema dual de género”,Quaderns-e, Institut Català d’Antropologia,18(1),pp.65-79.

Mas Grau, J. and Guasch, O. (2013) “El proceso de transformación corporal de personas transexuales: ¿Un camino hacia la normalización genérica?”,Revista de Estudios de Antropología Sexual , 4(1), pp. 136-151

Güell, B. (2012) Els negocis dels pakistanesos al barri del Raval a Barcelona. Motius i estratègies per a l’autoocupació. Dipòsit Digital de la Universitat de Barcelona.

Jubany, O. (2012) No return, no refuge: rites and rights in minority repatriation – Review. Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies Vol “iFirst”. January 2012

Jubany, O. and Güell, B. (Ed.) (2012) “Final Report. Trade Unions, Economic Change and Active Inclusion of Migrant Workers”. Available at: http://www.ub.edu/TEAM/webfm_send/133

Lázaro, R. and Jubany, O. (2012) “Mujeres de origen inmigrante: cuerpos y subjetividades en movimiento”, Ra Ximhai, 8 (1), Universidad Autónoma Indígena de México, p. 169-180

Güell, B. (2011): La múltiple discriminació a Espanya. Una realitat social estesa, tot i que sovint ignorada. Jornades GRECS “Els Fantasmes de l’Exclusió Social”, Universitat de Barcelona.

Jubany, O. and Güell, B. in collaboration with Davis, R. and Mutilva, N. (2011) The national policy frame for the integration of newcomers in Spain. PROSINT country report WP2, available at http://research.icmpd.org/1429.html

Jubany, O., Güell, B. and Davis, R.  (2011) Study on the local implementation of integration/introduction courses for newcomers. Case study Barcelona/Spain. PROSINT case study report WP3, available at http://research.icmpd.org/1429.html

Jubany, O. and Güell, B. in collaboration with Davis, R. (2011) The impact of admission-policies and admission related integration policies on the labour market integration of  newcomers in Spain. PROSINT country report WP5, available at http://research.icmpd.org/1429.html

Jubany, O., Güell, B. and Davis, R. (2011) Standing up to Intersectional Discrimination: a Multi-dimensional Approach to the Case of Spain. p 197-217. Droit et Cultures. Editions L’Harmattan. Vol 62, 2011/2

Jubany, O. and Pajares, M. (2011) “Spanish Unionism: More solidarity than anti-discriminatory” in Trade Unions and Immigration in Europe; 1999-2009: A Comparative Analysis of European Unions’ Dynamics and Actions. Icaria Ediciones

Jubany, O. (2011) L’exclusió tipificada: Interseccionalitat en la discriminació per gènere i racisme.Jornades GRECS “Els Fantasmes de l’Exclusió Social”, Universitat de Barcelona.

Jubany, O. (2011) “Beyond equality: recognising and managing cultural diversity at the workplace” p.131-155 in Zapata-Barrero, R. i van Ewijk, A. (Eds) Spheres of diversity, CIDOB i GRITIM-UPF, p. 180

Jubany, O. (2011) Constructing truths in a culture of disbelief; Understanding asylum screening from withinInternational Sociology Vol 26 No 1 pp. 74-94

Jubany, O., Carles, I. eds. (2010) Genderace Project Final Report.EU Seventh Framework Program, Grant 217237

Jubany, O., Pajares, M., Güell, B., Solé, A. (2010) Nous reptes i noves propostes en la gestió de la diversitat cultural a les empreses a Catalunya. Centre d’iniciatives i Estudis de Cuitadania

Jubany, O. (2009) Transnational Professionals and their Cosmopolitan Universes,Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies Vol 32 No 1, pp. 191- 208.

Jubany, O. (2009). Keeping Out the Other: A Critical Introduction to Immigration Enforcement Today, Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies Vol 32 No 6, pp.1089-1090.

Pajares, M. (2009) Inmigración y mercado de trabajo, Informe 2009. Ministerio de Trabajo e Inmigración de España.

Jubany , O. (2008) Deciding truths in a culture of disbelief. A fundamental sociological approach to the asylum seeking screening process. CSA Sociological San Diego, CA 92192.

Jubany, O. (2008) Gènere i racisme: Més enllà de la doble discriminació in”Dones Líders”, Àmbits de Politica i Societat Col.legi de Politòlegs i Sociòlegs de Catalunya, No 38.

Pajares, M. (2008) Inmigración y Mercado de Trabajo, Informe 2008. Observatorio Permanente de la Inmigración, Secretaría de Estado de Inmigración y Emigración (MTI). Madrid.


European Social Research Unit
Department of Social Anthropology
University of Barcelona
Montalegre, 6-8. 08001 Barcelona, Spain