Miranda Lubbers is Associate Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain. She is the Director of the Research Group of Fundamentally Oriented Anthropology (GRAFO), a consolidated group recognized by the Catalan Government. Her research addresses two main areas: migration and transnationalism, and poverty and livelihood strategies. In both areas, she analyzes in particular the role that formal and informal social relationships and settings have in the production, mitigation or exacerbation of exclusion. For this aim, she applies personal network analysis that allows her to obtain a detailed, micro-level understanding of processes of integration, cohesion and exclusion.
Miranda received her PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Her thesis was supervised by Tom Snijders, Bert Creemers and Greetje Van Der Werf. After being a postdoctoral research fellow at the Groningen Institute for Educational Research at the University of Groningen, she moved to Spain and started to work at her current department. In 2006, she was awarded a Rubicon fellowship for young, talented researchers by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, in 2008, a Beatriu de Pinos fellowship by the Catalan government, and in 2010 the prestigious Ramón y Cajal senior research fellowship of the Spanish Ministry of Education. She also received the 2010 Award of Excellence in Research from her university. Her research has been published in indexed journals like Ethnicities, the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, Social Networks, International Sociology, the Journal of Research on Adolescence, and the European Journal of Social Psychology. She serves on the editorial board of Social Networks.
Miranda is also the coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Social and Cultural Anthropology. In the undergraduate and graduate programs, she teaches about methods of qualitative, quantitative and mixed data analysis, about theories and analysis of personal networks, ethnographies of urban poverty, and about academic writing. Furthermore, together with José Luis Molina, she organizes and teaches a yearly international summer school about the measurement of personal networks.