Miranda Lubbers is an 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 social cohesion and social inclusion. In particular, she analyzes the role that formal and informal social relationships and settings have in the production, mitigation, or exacerbation of exclusion and segregation. In the area of social inclusion, she focuses on the embedding processes of migrants and the relational dimensions of poverty. She applies personal network analysis to obtain a detailed, micro-level understanding of processes of integration, cohesion, and exclusion. Together with Christopher McCarty, Raffaele Vacca, and José Luis Molina, she wrote a book about personal network analysis that was published by Guilford Press in 2019 (see latest publications).
Miranda received her Ph.D. 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 Ramón y Cajal senior research fellowship of the Spanish Ministry of Education.
In 2021, she received the prestigious ICREA Acadèmia award, which helps her intensify research in the coming five years, as well as the ERC Advanced Grant for the project "A Network Science Approach to Social Cohesion in European Societies" (PATCHWORK), which she will develop between fall 2021 and 2026. Earlier, she received the 2010 Award of Excellence in Research from her university, in 2014 the Award for Outstanding Research Trajectory to the effects of the I3 Program of the Spanish Ministery of Science and Innovation, and in 2017, her accreditation for full professor.
Apart from the ERC Grant, Miranda Lubbers has directed and participated in research projects of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, the Spanish Ministry, the European Science Foundation, and the US National Science Foundation, among other funding agencies. She is also a consultant for international research projects. Her research has been published in 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 is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Network for Social Network Analysis, and she serves on the editorial boards of Social Networks and Social Inclusion, among others.
Miranda is the coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, which currently has 70 Ph.D. students. She teaches about qualitative, quantitative, and mixed data analysis, theories, and analysis of personal networks, ethnographies of urban poverty, and academic writing in the undergraduate and graduate programs in anthropology. Furthermore, together with José Luis Molina, she organizes and teaches a yearly international summer school about the measurement of personal networks.