Miranda Lubbers is Associate Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain. She directs the Research Group of Fundamentally Oriented Anthropology (GRAFO), a consolidated group recognized by the Catalan Government (2017-SGR-1325). 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. After being a postdoctoral research fellow at the Groningen Institute for Educational Research at the University of Groningen from 2004-2006, she was awarded a Rubicon fellowship for young, talented researchers by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, in 2008, the 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 and in 2014 the Award for Outstanding Research Trajectory to the effects of the I3 Program of the Ministery of Science and Innovation. Her research has been published in indexed journals such as International Migration Review, Social Networks, Human Nature, the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, the Journal of Research on Adolescence, the Journal of School Psychology, and the European Journal of Social Psychology. She serves on the editorial board of Social Networks and Social Inclusion.

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.

Latest publications:

Lubbers, M. J., Valenzuela, H., Escribano P., Molina, J. L., Casellas, A., & Grau, J. (accepted). ­­Relationships stretched thin: Social support mobilization in poverty. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 689.

Molina, J. L., García-Macías, A., Lubbers, M. J., & Valenzuela, H. (in press, online first). The embeddedness of social capital in personal networks. Network Sciencehttps://doi.org/10.1017/nws.2019.30

Lubbers, M. J., Verdery, A., & Molina, J. L. (in press, online first). Social networks and transnational social fields: A review of quantitative and mixed-methods approaches. International Migration Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/0197918318812343

Lubbers, M. J., Molina, J. L., & Valenzuela, H. (2019). When networks speak volumes: Variation in the size of broader acquaintanceship networks. Social Networks, 59, 55-69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2018.08.004

McCarty, C., Lubbers, M. J., Vacca, R., & Molina, J. L. (2019). Conducting Personal Network Research: A Practical Guide. Guilford Press.

Grau Rebollo, J., Escribano Castaño, P., Valenzuela-Garcia, H., & Lubbers, M. J. (2019). Charities as symbolic families: Ethnographic evidence from Spain. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 8(1), 25-41. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOE-03-2018-0012

Valenzuela-Garcia, H., Lubbers, M. J., & Rice, J. G. (2019). Charities under austerity. Ethnographies of poverty and marginality in Western non-profit and charity associations. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 8(1), 2-10. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOE-04-2019-076

Valenzuela-García, H., Molina, J. L., M. J. Lubbers, Escribano, P., & Fuentes, S. (2019). Emprendimiento Social. Autoempleo y extracción del valor en la era post-crisis. Revista de Antropología Social, 28(2), 371-390. https://dx.doi.org/10.5209/raso.65619

Pampalona, J., Lubbers, M. J., & Molina, J. L. (2019). Integración mixta de empresarios inmigrantes en micro-estados. El caso de Andorra. Periferia, 24(1), 131-160. https://doi.org/10.5565/rev/periferia.684

Valenzuela García, H., Molina, J. L., & Lubbers, M. J. (2019) Une révision critique du modèle d’enclave ethnique. Le cas de Lloret de Mar. En El Miri, M., Mercier, D. et Peraldi, M. (Eds.), Frontières en travail. Migrations, travail et fabrique des frontières. Amérique Centrale, Maghreb et Moyen Orient, Edition Karthala, Paris. Will be out in March 2019.

Gallois, S., Lubbers, M. J., Duda, R., Hewlett, B., & Reyes, V. (2018). Social networks and knowledge acquisition strategies among Baka children, southeastern Cameroon. Human Nature, 29(4), 442–463https://doi.org/10.1007/s12110-018-9328-0

Molina, J. L., Valenzuela, H., Lubbers, M. J., Escribano, P., & Lobato, M. (2018). The cowl does make the monk: Understanding the emergence of social entrepreneurship in a temporal-spatial context. Voluntas - International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 29(4), 725-739.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11266-017-9921-6

Valenzuela, H., Guëll, B., Parella, S., Molina, J. L., & Lubbers, M. J. (2018). Placing migrant entrepreneurship: Migrant economy debates through new spatial lenses. Sociologica - Italian Journal of Sociology, 12(2), 39-56. https://sociologica.unibo.it/article/view/8619

Molina, J. L., Martínez-Chafer, L., Molina-Morales, F. X., & Lubbers, M. J. (2018). Industrial districts and migrant enclaves: A model of interaction. European Planning Studies, 26(6), 1160-1180. https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2018.1455808

Lubbers, M. J. (2018). Annie Woube - Finding one's place: an ethnological study of belonging among Swedish migrants on the Costa del Sol in Spain. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 24(2), 398-399. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9655.12830

Bilecen, B., Gamper, M., & Lubbers, M. J. (2018). The missing link: Social network analysis in migration and transnationalism. Social Networks, 53, 1-3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2017.07.001.

Vacca, R., Solano, G., Lubbers, M.  J., Molina, J. L., & McCarty C. (2018). A personal network approach to the study of immigrant structural assimilation and transnationalism. Social Networks, 53, 72-89. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2016.08.007.

Valenzuela, H., Lubbers, M. J., & Molina, J. L. (2018). Off the methodological records: Sample selection, institutional access, and ambivalent audit/ethical issues when investigating vulnerable people. Sage Research Methods Caseshttp://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526432735.

Belzunegui Eraso, A., De Andrés Cardona, J., Lubbers, M., Mellen Vinagre, T., Pastor Gosálbez, I., & Duenas Cid, D. (2018). L'Església Ortodoxa Romanesa a Catalunya: Estructura de Relacions i Comunitat de Creients. Tarragona: URV Publicacions. ISBN: 978-84-8424-666-4.

Maya Jariego, I., Holgado, D., & Lubbers, M. J. (2018). Efectos de la estructura de las redes personales en la red sociocéntrica de una cohorte de estudiantes en transición de la enseñanza secundaria a la Universidad. Universitas Psicológica, 17(1), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.11144/Javeriana.upsy17-1.eerp.

Molina, J. L., & Lubbers, M. J. (2018). Mario Small - Someone to Talk to. Redes - Revista Hispana para el Análisis de Redes Sociales, 29(1), 163-165. https://doi.org/10.5565/rev/redes.761.

De la Haye, K., Dijkstra, J., Lubbers, M. J., Van Rijsewijk, L. G. M., & R. P. Stolk (2017). The dual role of friendship and antipathy relations in the marginalization of overweight children in their peer networks: The TRAILS study. PLOS One 12(6), e0178130. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0178130.

Molina, J. L., Lubbers, M. J., Valenzuela-García, H., & Gómez-Mestres, S. (2017). Cooperation and competition in social anthropology. Anthropology Today, 33, 11-14. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8322.12323.

Escribano, P., Lubbers, M. J., & Molina, J. L. (2017). Becoming part of an eco-community: Social and environmental activism or livelihood strategy? Social Sciences, 6(4), 148. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci6040148.


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