Josep Espluga-Trenc


PhD in sociology, and Master in occupational health. He is currently associate professor at the Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Senior researcher of the Public Policies and Government Institute (IGOP), member of the Globalisation, Education and Social Policies research group (GEPS), and of the Research Group on Agriculture, Livestock and Food in Globalization (ARAG-UAB).

He teached at the School of Social Work “Red Cross” of Lleida (Universitat de Lleida), and was researcher at the National Centre of Working Conditions (Instituto Nacional de Seguridad e Higiene en el Trabajo) of the Spanish Ministry of Work, at the Avedis Donabedian Foundation (Foundation for the Improvement of Health Care), and at the CIREM Foundation (Centre for European Research in the Mediterranean). He was research fellow at the Department of Urban Development at the Università degli Studi di Venezia (Italy), and visiting scholar at the Institute for Studies of Science, Technology and Innovation – ESRC Innogen Centre (University of Edinburgh).

His main research deals with the relationships between health, work, environment and territory, with particular attention to the social perception of technological risks, socioenvironmental conflicts, and agroecology. He has also researched on social identities and sociolinguistic topics.

He coordinates the Minor in Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship of the UAB, and is a member of the team Director of the Postgraduate Course in Local Agroecological Dynamization of the UAB.