Care and Community Health

This line of research explores, in a broad and interdisciplinary way, the social dimension of health, especially in areas related to community care and health such as:

  • Aging, technology and society
  • Critical studies of disability and independent living
  • Community mental health
  • Emergencies, disasters and community resilience
  • Feminism and care ethics
  • Precarity, gender, job market and subjectivities
  • Social studies on personal and community health
  • Reconciliation of work-personal life, sustainability and community health

Specific thesis projects offered inside of this line of research include the following:

Thesis Proposals


Research Group

The socio-technical shaping of chronic living conditions

The rise of long-term care needs associated with the chronification of diseases and rapid ageing in post-industrial societies is challenging care policies, practices and institutions. New technological care infrastructures (telecare, e-Health, self-tracking technologies, assistive technologies etc) seek to enable those who live with 'chronic' conditions and need lifelong treatments to self-manage their health in a way that reinforces their autonomy and generates more personalized and ubiquitous care and support.

We aim to better understand how these care infrastructures shape the experience of caring for and living with chronic conditions (for instance, dementia, autoimmune conditions such as type 1 diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis [RA], heart disease or obesity). We are also interested in exploring how people living with these conditions manipulate these infrastructures, even producing DIY solutions and new care arrangements, and how the resulting changes affect their conditions.

We welcome qualitative research proposals that aim to critically analyse the social consequences of these new care arrangements in self-managing chronic conditions. Proposals should revolve around the following questions: How are care practices reshaped? What are the ethical implications in terms of what counts as good and bad care? What are the new definitions for patients, well-being, health, independence and autonomy when reshaped by these care infrastructures? What are the subjective as well as relational consequences of these changes for professional caregivers (doctors, nurses, social workers) and non-professionals (usually relatives). 

Dr. Daniel López Gómez


Precarious lives and social inequality: sociopsychological effects 

The low-income working population is growing in Europe. This phenomenon can be attributed to salary reductions, lower job quality and jobs that do not provide sufficient hours of adequately paid work, among other factors. This is happening within a job market whose productive and occupational structures are undergoing important changes and in which precarious work appears as a generalized problem. This is also due to the fact that traditional rules governing the regulation and protection of salaried work are disappearing in the face of new forms of employment. However, this precarity is not limited to the workplace. It appears in and interferes with other areas of our daily lives, determining, for instance, the construction of our biographies.

We aim to understand the relationship between social inequality and precarity, focusing on the sociopsychological effects it has on people and their quality of life.

We are interested in qualitative research proposals analysing aspects such as how precarity is defining people's daily lives; how people in precarious situations take sense and meaning from their work and personal situation; how they are able evaluate themselves and their social identity; how they plan their lives, projects and future actions, and finally, what kind of health effects could lead to precarious living conditions. 

Dra. Ana Gálvez Mozo TRAGSO: Work, Gender and Societ