Estrella Gualda

Gualda, Estrella

Professor Estrella Gualda is accredited as a Full Professor by the Spanish National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation. She holds a PhD in Sociology and a Master of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from the Complutense University of Madrid. She is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Huelva (Spain), in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Public Health where she is also Director of the Social Studies and Social Intervention Research Centre. Professor Gualda is also a member of the of Scientific Committee at the Centre for Migration Studies, University of Huelva, and also a member of the Scientific Council at the Research Centre for Spatial and Organisational Dynamics at the University of Algarve (Faro, Portugal). Since 2014 Estrella has been the Vice-President of the Andalusian Sociological Association.

Professor Gualda has previously been a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University; Arizona State University and at Universität Augsburg. At the present time, Estrella is a member of the Management Committee (Workgroup: Social Media) in the COST Action: Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories (COMPACT), CA COST Action CA15101 (2016-2020) funded by the European Union Framework Programme Horizon 2020, coordinated by the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Alemania), and integrated by 33 countries. She has recently become involved in other projects such as DIVERSE: Diversity improvement as a viable enrichment resource for society and economy (Ref. HOME/201213/EIFX/CA/CFP4000004248), funded by the EC Home Affairs.

Throughout her career Professor Gualda has managed many projects and published several books, book chapters and scientific articles in the fields of sociology, social  exclusion, migrations and minorities, cross-border issues, social networks, social capital, and most recently on social media.

She has a particular interest in trans-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to social, political, economic and cultural issues, advances in research methods, techniques and software for social and applied sciences, sociological and other social science theories, human rights, social media, migrations, diversity, inter-culturality, intercultural mediation, intercultural dialogue, integration, borders, social justice, racism, xenophobia, exclusion, rumour, stereotypes, conspiracies, and connected issues. 

As a Visiting Senior Fellow her research will focus on the study of ‘Refugee Crisis on Twitter: Online and Offline Dynamics’; an analysis of discourses comprised in more than a million tweets about the refugee crisis in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. This research is devoted to studying the type of discourses that are being disseminated throughout the world concerning refugees. At the same time she is interested in identifying textual and visual discourses and comparative analysis. Also the research stay will be devoted specially to investigating further the identification of relevant actors over a long period of time in order to study their influence in building online discourses, study the connections between online and offline dynamics led by particular actors, identifying relevant actors in the UK, in order to do qualitative fieldwork, and study the articulation of actors and discourses through Social Network Analysis, and also approach the building of micro-discourses about refugees (through hashtags) and identify the actors behind; study the centrality of networks constituted in Twitter through online conversations, retweets, etc. as well as approach the temporal dynamics with regard to the refugee crisis. 

Read Dr Gualda's full biography at the University of Huelva, Social Studies and Social Intervention Research Centre:

Selected publications:    

Gualda, E. and Rebollo, C. (2016): “Refugee Crisis in Twitter: Diversity of Discourses at a European Crossroads”, Journal of Spatial and Organizational Dynamics.

Gualda, E. (2016): “Spanish General Elections, Microdiscourses Around #20D and Social Mobilisation on Twitter: Reality or Appearance?”, Media and Metamedia Management. Springer International Publishing Switzerland.

Gualda, E. (2016): Medios de comunicación, medios sociales y análisis de redes socials. En Iglesias, J.; Requena, A. y Soriano, R. (Ed.): Leer la Sociedad. Una introducción a la Sociología General. Ed. Tecnos, Madrid, pp. 581-604 [ISBN: 978-84-309-0000-0].

Mendoza, R.; Gualda, E. y Spinatsch, M. (Editors) (2016): La mediación intercultural en la atención sanitaria a inmigrantes y minorías étnicas. Modelos, estudios, programas y práctica profesional. Una visión internacional. Ed. Díaz de Santos, Madrid. Forthcoming [ISBN: 978-84-9502-022-2].

Gualda, Estrella; Borrero, Juan D.; Carpio, Jose (2015): “La ‘Spanish Revolution’ en Twitter (2): Redes de hashtags (#) y actores individuales y colectivos respecto a los desahucios en España”. Redes. Revista hispana para el análisis de redes sociales. Vol. 26 (1), pp.1-22. En (ISSN: 1579-0185).

Gualda, E.; González, J.C.; Jiménez, J.R.; Pérez, H.; Barrera, N.; Iglesias, I. y Rebollo, C. (2015): "SPAIN. Integrating Third Country Nationals in Andalucía (Spain)". The Diversity Value: How to Reinvent the European Approach to Immigration, edited by Laura Zanfrini, McGraw-Hill Education, Maidenhead, UK, pp. 265-276. En

García, B. y Gualda, E. (2014): “"Cuidadoras extranjeras ante el fenómeno de la dependencia: diferentes estrategias en el cuidado". Aquichan, vol. 14, nº 4, pp.509-522. En (eISSN: 2027-5374; ISSN: 1657-5997).

González, T. y Gualda, E. (2014). "Reporting a Bottom-up Political Process: Local Perceptions of Cross-Border Cooperation in the southern Portugal-Spain region". European Journal of Regional Studies. First published on January 29, 2014.  DOI:10.1177/0969776413518781.

Gualda, E. y Ruiz, M. (2014). “The Use of Visual Methods for Diagnosis and Social Intervention through a Study of Two Towns in Spain and Cameroon”. Portularia. Revista de Trabajo Social, vol. 14, núm. 1, pp.3-14. DOI: (ISSN: 1578-0236).

Gualda, E. & Escriva, A. (2014). “Diversity in return migration and its impact on old age: the expectations and experiences of returnees in Huelva (Spain)”. International Migration, vol. 52, 5, pp. 178-190 (ISSN 0020-7985). DOI:10.1111/J.1468-2435.2011.00728.X (First published online: 24 de febrero de 2012).

Gualda, E.; Fragoso, A. y Lucio-Villegas, E. (2013). “The border, the people and the river: development of the cross-border area between southern Spain and Portugal”. Community Development Journal, 48 (1), 23-39. DOI: (ISSN: 1468-2656).

González-Gómez, T. y Gualda, E. (2013): “Cross-Border Networks in Informal and Formal Cooperation in the Border Regions Andalusia–Algarve–Alentejo and South Finland–Estonia”. European Planning Studies. DOI:10.1080/09654313.2013.789487. ISSN: 0965-4313.

Borrero, J.D. y Gualda, E. (2013). “Crawling big data in a new frontier for socioeconomic research: testing with social tagging”. Journal of Spatial and Organizational Dynamics - Discussion Papers, 12, pp.6-28. En ISSN: 1647-3183.

Gualda, E. (2012): “Migración circular en tiempos de crisis: mujeres de Europa del Este y africanas en la agricultura de Huelva”. Papers. Revista de Sociología (ISSN 0210-2862).

Gualda, E.; Márquez, C. (2012): “The role of transnationalism, personal networks and social networks in the migratory projects of a small Cameroonian community in Huelva”. En Pilch-Ortega, A. y Schröttner, B.:  Transnational Spaces and Regional Localization. München, Waxmann Verlag.

Gualda, E.  (2011). “Integration, Identity and sense of Belonging to Spanish Society among Youth Immigrants in Huelva”.Migraciones Internacionales, nº 21.  (ISSN: 1665- 8906).