Paula Escribano is a predoctoral researcher at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). She is a member of the Laboratory of Personal Networks and Communities (egolab-GRAFO, www.egolab.cat) at the Research Group of Fundamentally Oriented Anthropology (GRAFO, www.grafo.cat). Her research addresses two main areas: cultural change in advanced societies; and livelihood strategies in times of crisis in Catalonia. In both areas she focuses on the influence of environmental values and the effects of Capitalism on society. She also focuses in how these forms of understanding life influence the modes of supply and the organization of the economy. For this purpose, she uses the analysis of personal networks as well as techniques from ethnography, with special attention to the field work.
Paula received her Master's degree Ethnographic Research, Anthropological Theory and Intercultural Relations at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where she wrote the thesis "Utopias in post-socialism: The case of an Hungarian ecovillage", directed by Aurora González and José Luis Molina (2013). She obtained her bachelor's degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Granada (2012) and spent one year at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest, Hungary. There she had the opportunity to collaborate with the project "Identity and Culture in Hungary" developed by the Department of Anthropology led by Richard Papp. In this framework she conducted her intensive fieldwork at the ecoville of Gyurufu, in the south of the country.
Paula has offered training courses in Qualitative Data Analysis for teachers and researchers with open source softwares such RQDA, and QDA Miner Lite.
Currently she develops her doctoral thesis "Intentional Ecological Communities in Catalonia: the role in times of social and economic crisis", directed by José Luis Molina and Miranda Jessica Lubbers. She is also collaborating with the research project Strategies of Survival in Poor Households: The Role of Formal and Informal Support Networks in Times of Economic Crisis (Recercaixa, 2015ACUP 00145). Principal Investigators: Miranda Lubbers and Hugo Valenzuela.