Currently I am researcher (non-permanent position) and co-head of the Historical Demography area of the Centro de Estudios Demográficos – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and associate professor at the Department of Economic History, Institutions, Policy and World Economy of the Universitat de Barcelona. I spent several periods in international institutions as predoctoral and postdoctoral researcher (Sweden, United Kingdom and United States of America).
The development of my career as a researcher is framed in the field of Modern and Contemporary History, especially concerned in Social History, Historical Demography and recently in Economic History. I do understand my research as a contribution to the following issues: 1) Relevance of public government policies and medical institutions in the decline of mortality along the Demographic Transition. 2) Time reduction in the construction of individual demographic databases and the automation of their standardization and record linkage. 3) A new perspective of the evolution of migratory flows in Catalonia from 15th to 20th centuries based on the analysis of surnames (appearance, disappearance, maintenance) as well as the demystification of their ethnic origins. 4) The importance of marriage, intergenerational transmission of social position, intermarriage and kinship marriages for the process of social reproduction. The results of these researches are as follows: 16 articles in national and international peer-reviewed journals, and 2 more under revision; 3 books; 15 book chapters; 70 papers presented at national and international conferences. Moreover, I have been invited personally to give 10 seminars and 4 courses at national and international academic institutions.
I have participated in 14 R&D&I projects funded by competitive tenders. I was the coordinator of the Advanced Grant Project – European Research Council, Five Centuries of Marriages, as well as the co-Principal Investigator of a national R&D&I project.
I obtained 5 travel grants through competitive calls for PhD students and post-doctoral researchers to stay at academic institutions at the United Kingdom, Sweden and the United States of America.
I am co-supervisor of 5 doctoral theses, 1 of them already defended last April. 3 of them belong to the Geography Department of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and 1 is attached to the Economy Department of the Universitat de Girona. I also supervised 7 master’s theses, 3 of them in the program of the European Doctoral School of Demography. Besides, I have been nominated for 3 different doctoral committees.
I have been rewarded with 2 scientific awards: one from the Royal Academy of Medicine (Balearic Islands) to the best work in the field of History of Medicine, and a second to the best poster presented at the European Population Conference (2012).