Antoniu LLort SuárezAnthropologist
Antoniu Llort Suárez is an anthropologist and social worker, with a Masters in Medical Anthropology and PhD in Anthropology from the Rovira i Virgili University (2016). He specializes in ethnographic research, qualitative research linked to participatory processes, advocacy strategies, peer support and the production of documentaries related to the use of psychoactive substances. Since 2008 he has been the coordinator of community health programs and harm reduction in the department of mental health and addictions services at the Sant Joan de Reus Hospital. Currently, he is also part of the Episteme social research and intervention team and is linked to different activist movements locally and internationally.
Júlia Morros i RieraAnthropologist
Graduated in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, participant in the Erasmus Intensive Program “Roma Rights and Discrimination Approaches to a Right Based Social Work 2013-14” and in the Spark Project, European Voluntary Service aimed to the inclusion of people with functional diversity in Romania. Interested in groups at risk of social exclusion, drug consumption dynamics and gender studies. She has carried out support tasks in qualitative research such as field work and transcripts for IGenus Foundation, the association Aplec Inclusió + Igualtat and on the evaluation of the Drugs Strategy of Barcelona, as well as revision of texts such as “Del Tabú la Normalización” (Martínez Oró, 2016) and “Las sendas de la regulación del cannabis en España” (Regulación responsable (ed.), 2017).
Natàlia Lledó Carceller MaicasAnthropologist
PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology, with international mention, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (2017). Author of the thesis: “By myself, I will go forward. Perceptions, representations and practices around the emotional discomforts in adolescents and young people”. University specialization in Fundamentals of Feminist Research Methodology (SIMRef, 2013). Master’s Degree in Medical Anthropology and International Health and Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Rovira i Virgili University (2011 & 2009). Degree in Psychology from the Universitat Jaume I (2007), specialized in Drug Addiction and Systemic Family Therapy. Professor of the Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology CFAD-UNED. Consulting professor of the Collective Mental Health Postgraduate Course at the UOC. Anthropologist Researcher of the Medical Anthropology Research Center and of the Rovira i Virgili University developing the projects “Consumption of drugs and social vulnerabilities in adolescents” and “The collaborative management of medication: A project of research and participatory action in mental health”. Member of: Catalan Institute of Anthropology (ICA); Research Group of the Department of Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Work of the Universitat Rovira I Virgili; Medical Anthropology Research Center (MARC); International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES); European Association of Social Anthropology (EASA); Social Sciences Research Network (American Anthropological Association), among others. Reviewer of the magazines: “Adicciones” y “Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Niñez y Juventud”. Anthropologist researcher in the projects “Youth in Europe: A Drug Prevention Program” (2015-2016), “The medicated life. Health policies, consumption of antidepressants and vital worlds of young Catalans “(2013-2016). Technical research coordinator in the projects “Recuperació de la tradició i la memòria oral del poble saharawi” (2012-2013); “The emotional distress of adolescents: lifestyles, mental Health and lay strategies used in managing adversity” (2010-2014); and “Los malestares de los adolescentes. Estilos de vida, salud mental y estrategias profanas para afrontar la adversidad”(2010-2013). She has worked as a participation technique in multiple projects with children, adolescents and youth in Catalonia, and as a psychologist in the Department of Foster Care for Minors in the Territorial Directorate for Social Welfare in Castellón, in the Addictive Behavior Unit, and in the PATIM entity of attention to drug addictions. She has taught courses for Spanish and Latin American Universities. She has held many conferences, workshops and seminars in national and international conferences in the field of health, social sciences and psychology. Author of books and scientific articles. Highlight: “Youth, Health and social networks. Instagram as a research tool for Health communication” (2016); “Social suport and gender differences in coping with depression among emerging adults: a mixed-methodsstudy”(2016); “Sharing wisdom(s) to enrich knowledge: advantages of working in an interdisciplinary research team in Medical anthropology” (2015);
Rafael Clua GarcíaAnthropologist
Phd in Social and Cultural Anthropology (Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2016) with the following dissertation: «¡Apúntame a la sala! Epidemiología sociocultural del consumo de drogas y evaluación de las políticas de reducción de daños en las salas de consumo higiénico de Barcelona». MA in Ethnographic Research, Anthropological Theory and Cross-Cultural Relationships (Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2010) with the following tesis: «A ritmo de bombeo. Usos, motivaciones y cambios de los usuarios del espacio de venopunción asistida (EVA) del Servei d´Atenció i Prevenció Sociosanitària (SAPS) de Creu Roja y el rol de sus profesionales». Rafael holds a BA in nursing (University of Barcelona, 2002), is specialized in Mental Health (Spanish Ministry of Education, 2010), in addition of a post-graduate degree in Nursing with a specialization in alcoholism and drug dependency (University of Barcelona, 2010). Since 2005, he works as a nurse in Brians 1 penitentiary within the drug addiction treatment center, between 2002 and 2006, has worked with the mobile methadone program of Barcelona. Since 2012, he is an adjunct professor at the Health Faculty of Manresa (University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia). He has taught in multiple settings, including educational seminars on drug consumption, mental health and jails in multiple Universities and Educational Centres (UB, UAB, UVic-UCC y COIB). He has participated to multiple research projects focusing on drug consumption for the Department of Justice and the Agency for Public Health of Catalonia. Member of the Associació Catalana d’Infermeria de Salut Mental (ASCISAM) y de la Global Platform for Drug Consumption Room, he is also an external reviewer for the following journals: «Revista española de salud penitenciaria» and «Revista Internacional de Investigación en Adicciones ». Finally, he is the author of multiple publications, including journal articles and research reports, such as «Salas de consumo higiénico en España (2000 – 2013)» (2015); «Acercamiento socio-antropológico al concepto de estilo de vida» (2015); «Guia de bones pràctiques en els programes d´intercanvi de xeringues» (2015); «Presó, drogues i poblacions ocultes: Consum de drogues i conductes de risc per a la salut en població penitenciària» (2013).
David Pere Martínez OróSocial Psychologist
PhD in Social Psychology. Master in Research in Social Sciences. Degree in Psychology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Postgraduate qualitative research at the University of Amsterdam. Specialized in the critical currents of the Social Sciences. Expert in research methodologies of complex social phenomena. Responsible for research in «Episteme. Research and social intervention ». He is currently coordinator of the «Drug Policy Unit» of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Collaborating professor at the Open University of Catalonia. Anthropologist at the Medical Anthropology Research Center of the Rovira i Virgili University. Director of the Ethnographic Observatory of Drugs. Member of the Catalan Institute of Anthropology and the European Society for Social Drug Research. He has been a collaborator of the general sub-directorate of Drug Addiction of the Generalitat of Catalonia (2010-2014). Evaluation coordinator of the European project Drojnet2 (prevention of drug consumption through ICT, FEDER funds). Coordinator of the Research Department of the IGenus Foundation (2006-2015). Advisor of the “Early Warning System for Drug Consumption” of Medellín (Colombia) (2011-2013). Coordinator of the Observatory of New Drug Use in the Youth Area (2006-2010), SICCAM (continuous observation system in Castilla-La Mancha 2006-2011) and SIEC (Ethnographic research system continues the Valencian Community, 2009-2011) . Responsible for more than twenty research on drug consumption, consumer society, youth cultures, risk society, vulnerability and social exclusion, among other topics. Research in collaboration or commissioned by local entities such as the Government of Catalonia, the Spanish Ministry of Health, or the European Union, among others. He has participated in different programs for the prevention of drug consumption. He has given training in Spanish and Latin American Universities (Colombia, Chile and Uruguay). He has given conferences for different institutions, scientific societies, non-profit organizations and in different national and international conferences. Author of different books and scientific articles. To highlight«De Riesgos y placeres. Manual para entender las drogas» (2013) edited together with Joan Pallarés. ««Sin pasarse de la raya. La normalización del consumo de drogas» (2015).«Clubes sociales de cannabis. Normalización, neoliberalismo, oportunidades políticas y prohibicionismo» (2015). and «Del tabú la normalización. Familia, comunicación y Prevención» (2016) «Entre rayas. La mirada adolescente hacia la cocaína» (2009). Academic Editor of «Las sendas de la regulación del cannabis en España».
Marina Girona RaventósAnthropologist
Sociocultural Anthropologist (Autonomous University of Barcelona and University of São Paulo). Masters in Advanced Migration Studies (University of Copenhagen). Marina has worked as a research assistant in the Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB), in European projects such as SAHWA –on Arab youth migration in the Mediterranean. Specialist in integrating gender perspectives into research. She has investigated youth drug use for the Medical Anthropology Research Center (Rovira Virgili University). She was a researcher in the project “Children of immigrant families in Catalonia” (CER-Migraciones, Autonomous University of Barcelona), investigating how youth of immigrant background relate to education, employment and sexual and reproductive health. Her interests in Social Sciences are: applied research and public policy; migrations, asylum and intercultural relations; social movements and anti-racism; drug policy and drug use. She carries both social research and activism. Some published articles and books are: 2017-(IN)Visibles. Informe 2016 sobre el Estado del Racismo en Cataluña (SOS-Racismo). 2017-Arab Mediterranean Youth Migration. Who wants to leave, and why? (CIDOB). 2016-Guía de recomendaciones para la mejora de la gestión de la diversidad en los ámbitos de la educación, mercado laboral y salud (CER-Migracions). 2014-Antropología con ojos freelance: Entrevista a William A. Christian (UAB).
Oriol Romaní AlfonsoEmeritus Professor. Rovira & Virgili University
Doctor (Ph.D) in History (Cultural Anthropology) by the University of Barcelona (1982). Professor of Social Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Work (which he directed between 2001-2004) of the Rovira i Virgili University (URV); Coordinator of the Official Master’s Degree in Anthropology of Medicine and International Health. Member of the steering committee of the Interuniversity Master in Youth and Society since its inception (2008-09). Professor of the International Master “Criminal System and Social Problems” (Criminal Law departments, Univ. Of Barcelona and Univ. De La Plata, Argentina). He was one of the pioneers in Spain in the use of biographical methodology, as well as in the study of youth groups and the use of drugs. In addition to research and studies on health and drugs (Anthropology of Medicine), many of them of applied type, he has also worked on youth cultures and different aspects of social marginalization (Urban Anthropology). Collaborator of private institutions (IRES, GENUS, FAD, etc.) and public institutions (PNSD, OTDGC, town halls, etc.), especially in matters of drugs and marginalization. He has been a consultant of the European Union for Latin America in various programs (Training of Professionals “Cono Sur” 1994-96, Cities and Drugs URB-AL, 1997-2000, among others). Member, among other companies, of the GRUP IGIA board of directors, interdisciplinary group of professionals for the study and intervention in the field of drug addiction and health. Between his main works it is possible to emphasize «A tumba aiberta. Autobiografía de un grifota» (Barcelona, Anagrama, 1st ed 1983, 2nd ed 1986. 3nd 2015), «Las drogas. Sueños y razones» (1st ed 1999, 2nd ed 2004) and together with Jaume Funes «Dejar la Heroína. Vivencias, contenidos y circunstancias de los procesos de recuperación» (Funes, Jaume i Romaní, Oriol, 1985, Madrid: Spanish Red Cross.) In this link you can consult the most important publications of the author.
Hans T. VerbraeckAnthropologist
Hans Verbraeck studied cultural anthropology at Utrecht University. His thesis was about the first generation of heroin users in Utrecht, supposed to be the first ethnography on drug use in the Netherlands.
Since then he became a “research gypsy” hopping from project to project at Universities in the Netherlands (University of Amsterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Utrecht University) and abroad (City University New York) focusing on urban subcultures, not only on drug users and drug traffickers, but also on ethnic minorities, sex workers, the homeless and (illegal) refugees.
Currently he works at Addiction Research Centre (CVO) in Utrecht as a senior researcher. The last decades he is coaching junior researchers and training and supervising research groups, both academic research teams but also teams of harm reduction professionals.
He published many ethnographies on drug users, drug traffickers, street dealers, drug wholesalers and drug use in the club and rave scene. His recent publications are manuals on methods and techniques of data collection and data analysis of social (scientific) research. Selected bibliography:
1987. Moroccan and addicted; a study on fringing, heroin use and criminalization, rovu, Utrecht.
1990. The German Bridge; A Street Hookers’ Strip in the Amsterdam Red Light District. In: E.Y. Lambert (red.). The Collection and Interpretation of Data from Hidden Populations. nida Research Monograph 98, Rockville, md.
1993. Dealers and cops; the dynamics of drug enforcement and the middle and upper level of the cannabis, cocaine, amphetamine and ecstasy trade in Amsterdam, Criminologisch Instituut ‘Bonger’, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam.
1998. Ecstasy and the Dutch Rave Scene; a socio-epidemiological study on the nature and extent of, and risks involved in using ecstasy and other party drugs at dance events. Addiction Research Centre, Utrecht University, Utrecht.
2001. Where have all the fieldnotes gone? The changing nature and politics of drugs ethnography in the Netherlands. Addiction Research & Theory 9, 4.
2005. Killing time; drug and alcohol problems among asylum seekers in the Netherlands. International Journal of Drug Policy 16.
2017. Rapid Assessment and Response: substance use and addiction, a manual. Soon on http://www.correlation-net.org.
Jean Paul GrundResearch Director, Addiction Research Centre (CVO), Utrecht, the Netherlands”
Jean-Paul completed an advanced degree in Clinical and Developmental Psychology at Utrecht University and received a Ph.D. in Social Science from the Medical and Health Sciences Faculty at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. At present, Jean-Paul is a Senior Research Associate and Research Director at the Addiction Research Centre (CVO) in Utrecht, the Netherlands and a senior research fellow at the Department of Addictology, 1st Faculty of Medicine in Prague, Charles University and General University Hospital in Prague, Czech Republic. Since January 2015, he is a guest researcher at the Freudenthal Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, Utrecht University. Previously, he held academic positions at the University of Connecticut and Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Holland. As the founding director of the International Harm Reduction Development program of the Open Society Institute and as Technical Advisor at UNAIDS, he worked with NGO’s, state agencies and policy makers on developing the first HIV prevention and harm reduction responses to the syndemic of drug injecting, infectious diseases and social upheaval in Central Europe, Russia and the Newly Independent States. He published extensively on drug culture, the diffusion of drug trends, HIV and other drug related morbidity, drug policy, peer-driven harm reduction approaches and the self-regulation of psychoactive substance use. His current interests include homemade drugs (e.g. Russian “Krokodil,” Czech “Pervitin”), new psychoactive substances (NPS or “legal highs”), online drug commerce and the influence of technology on drug markets, consumption and policy. Jean-Paul is a member of the international editorial boards of Contemporary Drug Problems, the Harm Reduction Journal and the Journal of Addiction Jean-Paul was awarded the 1999 International Rolleston Award for outstanding contributions in the field of harm reduction from the International Harm Reduction Association
Tre Borràs CabacesDoctor. Specialist in psychiatry
Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.1982. Master in Family Therapy. Autonomous University of Barcelona. 1994. Level of Educational Supervisor. Spanish Federation of Family Therapy Associations (Catalan Society of Family Therapy), since 1995. Level of Family Therapist. Spanish Federation of Family Therapy Associations (Societat Catalana de Teràpia Familiar), since 1995. Specialist in Psychiatry since April 2003. Title of Social Educator for the Official Association of Galician Educators, 2003. Master Hypnotist. The Proudfoot School of Clinical Hypnosis & Psychotherapy. The Hypnosis Center of England, “Blinking Sike”. North Yorkshire, 2004. Director of the Drug Addiction Service of the University Hospital of Sant Joan de Reus. From 1989 to the present. Director of the Drugs Action Plan of Reus from 2006 to the present. Doctor of the Psychiatry and Family Therapy Service of the Genus Institute of Reus. From 1989 to the present. Teacher of the School of Family Therapy of the Hospital of the Holy Cross and Sant Pau-UAB. Master’s in Systemic Family Therapy and Master’s in Systemic Mediation from October 1985 to October 2002. Author and collaborator of various publications and audiovisual materials about his specialty. He has been part of various work groups and advice, programs, plans and publications of the Department of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the PNSD. He has participated in international cooperation programs. He is a member of different scientific societies and from the Academy of Medical Sciences where he has been part of the board of directors of the Mental Health section.
Joan Pallarés GómezEmeritus Professor. University of Lleida
Doctor (Ph.D) in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Rovira i Virgili with the thesis «From Angels and Demons: Images and Perceptions of the Uses of Drugs in a Collective of Former Heroin Users» (1995), an Ethnography about the consumption of heroin in Catalonia during the 70s, 80s and early 90s. Degree in Geography and History from the University of Barcelona. Professor of Anthropology at the University of Lleida until his retirement in February 2017. Director of the School of Social Work of Lleida between (1988-1998). Founder and director of different ethnographic research projects on youth drug consumption, such as the Observatory of New Drug Use in the Youth Area (1999-2010), the Continuous Information System of Castilla-La Mancha (SICCAM) (2005-2012 ) and the Continuous Observation System (SOC) (2003-2004). He has collaborated with different public and private entities (FAD, INJUVE, Grup IGIA, Genus …). Author of multiple articles on drug consumption, youth cultures, groups in a situation of marginalization, among other related topics. Here a selection of his publications.