Josep Espluga-Trenc

I hold a degree in Political Science and Sociology, PhD in Sociology, and Master in occupational health. I am an associate professor in the Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. I am a senior researcher at 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).

In the past, I had been teaching 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). I was also 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).

My 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. I had been also researching on social identities and sociolinguistic topics.

Since 2015 I hold the coordination of the Minor in Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship of the UAB, and, since 2013, I am the co-director of the Postgraduate Course in Local Agroecological Dynamization of the UAB.