About us

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

dr. Joan Bestard Camps
Professor Emeritus

dr. oscar guasch
senior lecturer

DR. Rosa Lázaro Castellanos
Researcher and lecturer

Dr. fabiola mancinelli
Researcher and Lecturer

Dr. Jordi Mas Grau
Researcher and Lecturer

Malin Roiha
PhD Researcher

Alèxia Rué
PhD Researcher

dr ignacio elpidio domínguez

Research Projects


Domínguez Ruiz, I. E. (2021) Se vende diversidad: Orgullo, promoción y negocio en el World Pride. Madrid-Barcelona: Egales.

Jubany, O., Langarita Adiego, J. A., Mas Grau, J. (2021) “There is LGBTQ Life beyond the Big City”: Discourses, Representations and Experiences in Two Medium-Sized Spanish Cities. Journal of Homosexualitites

Langarita, J. A., Mas Grau, J., Albertín, P. (2021) Local government policies on sexual and gender diversity in Spain. Experiences from Alt Empordà. Local Government Studies.

Mas Grau, J. (2021). From self-management to depathologisation: the evolution of transgender health care and rights in Spain between 1970 and 2020. Culture, Health & Sexuality.

Brigidi, S., Mancinelli, F., Leyva-Moral, J. M., Ausona Bieto, M. (2021) Privilegios, género y “dignidad del tiempo” en mujeres-madres-trabajadoras en la época de la COVID-19. In La vida cotidiana en tiempos de la COVID: Una antropología de la pandemia. Ed.: Alberto del Campo Tejedor. Madrid: Los libros de la catarata.

Mancinelli, F. (2020) Nomades numériques. La mobilité comme “projet du soi”, Anthropologie et sociétés, vol. 44(2): 41-60.

Mancinelli, F. (2020) Digital nomads: freedom, responsibility and the neoliberal order. Inf Technol Tourism 22, 417–437.

Jubany, O., Rué, A. (2020) The [dis]order of the Spanish asylum reception system. In Sacramento, O., E. Challinor, & P.G. Silva, (Eds.) Quest for refuge: Reception responses from the Global North. Famalicão: Humus.

Jubany, O. (2020) The Unspoken Legacy of Asylum: Racism, nationalism and the neocolonialist underpinnings in the social construction of asylum and asylum policies. The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism. Wiley Blackwell.

Jubany, O.; Lázaro Castellanos, R. (2020) The Gender and Racial Construction of the Working Class: Temporary Mobility of Mexican Women Workers to the US and Canada. Gender Studies.

Jubany, O., Guasch, O. (eds.) (2020) Intersecciones encarnadas. [Con]textos en género, identidad y diversidad. Barcelona: Edicions Bellaterra.

Lázaro Castellanos, R.; Jubany, Olga (2019) Precariedad laboral, segregación racializada y movilidad temporal de las mujeres. Quaderns de l’Institut Català d’Antropologia, 35 p. 23-40

Jubany, O.; Pascualetto, M.; Rué, A. (2019) Vulnerable to the System: Torture and Migration in Spain. In Torture and Migration, Sapere l’Europa 5, Edizioni Ca’Foscari

Jubany, O.; Más Grau, J.; Roiha, M. (2019) From universal rights to individual protection: The application of the “Victims’ Directive” across Europe. SupportVoc co-funded by the European Union’s Justice Programme.  

Jubany, O.; Lázaro Castellanos, R. (2019) Virtual Platforms, Real Racism: Online Hate Speech in Europe in Flubacher, M-C & Hägi-Mead, S. Taboo and Transgression Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Migration, Integration, and Diversity, Technische Universität Dresden

Langarita, J.A; Mas Grau, J.; Jubany, O. (2019) Geografías de la diversidad sexogenérica más allà de la gran ciudad: experiencias, discursos y prácticas en dos ciudades medianas de Cataluña. Documents d’Anàlisi Geogràfica, vol. 65, 3 p. 473-492

JubanyO(2019) Multiculturalism in crisis?, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42:8, 1341-1345

Mas Grau, J. and Jubany, O. (2019) De la révolution sexuelle à l’inclusion sociale des expressions LGBT+. Le processus d’obtention des droits LGBT en Espagne, Droit et cultures, 77, 53-68.

Jubany, O.and Carles, I. (2019) Présentation, Towards an experiential, intersectional and situated approach on sexual and gender diversity. Droit et cultures, 77, 9-20

Jubany, O. and Güell, B. (2018) “Neighbourhoods’ services and social exclusion of young people in European cities”. In Local Matters: Youth in European Neighbourhoods. Social infrastructure and inequalities. Eds.: Simon Güntner/ Louis Henri Seukwa/ Anne-Marie Gehrke/ Jill Robinson. Publisher: Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main

Jubany, O. (2018). “Unmasking the cultural construction of asylum screening at borders”. in Vecchio, F. i Gerard, A, Entrapping Asylum Seekers. Londres: Palgrave MacMillan.

Jubany, O. and Roiha, M. (2018) Las palabras son armas. Discurso de odio en la red. Barcelona: Edicions UB.

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


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