Biocultural anthropologist

Anthropologist specialized in psychological anthropology, ethnopsychiatry, social approaches to mental health, and human bio-cultural diversity and its applications in medicine.

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Research in progress

I am a doctoral researcher at the Medical Anthropology Research Center, University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain), working at the interface between social and health sciences. My current project, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Universities until October 2026, is an action-research one focused on alternatives to coercion in mental health settings.

Previous research experience includes working for the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX) of Stanford Law School (California, USA), the James E. Rogers College of Law of the University of Arizona (USA), and the Institute de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développement, The Graduate Institute Geneva (Switzerland), focusing on social networks analysis and the impact of cognitive biases in the decision making process in investor-state and state-state disputes in international arbitration courts. More recently I researched the potential genetic basis of the schizophrenia construct, as well as the effects of the neuritine gene (NRN1) in cortical thickness at FIDMAG Research Foundation, Complejo Asistencial Benito Menni de Hermanas Hospitalarias.

My academic background includes two years of a dual degree in neuroscience and smart systems at Keele University (West Midlands, UK), four years of evolutionary anthropology at University Rovira i Virgili and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain), a Master's degree in biological anthropology with a specialization in psychiatric genetics and human diversity at the Universitat de Barcelona and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), and a couple of postgraduate degrees in collective mental health and dialogical practices.

I am more than willing to collaborate with fellow knowledge workers, practitioners, activists and citizen scientists undertaking joint research, as well as to help organizations and public bodies evaluate and translate findings into better policies and practices.

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Data Analysis and Visualization

Big and thick data gathering, analysis, and visualization using machine learning and other techniques.

Teaching and Support

Helping you keep up and make sense of the scientific literature and other developments.

Policy and Social Impact Consulting

Translating cutting edge research into more effective strategies, policies and practices.

Teamwork and Co-Authoring

Coordinating interdisciplinary networks, writing joint materials, and undertaking other collaborations.

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Open-notebook science is the practice of making the entire primary record of a research project publicly available online as it is recorded. This involves placing the personal, or laboratory, notebook of the researcher online along with all raw and processed data, and any associated material, as this material is generated. The approach may be summed up by the slogan 'no insider information'. It is the logical extreme of transparent approaches to research and explicitly includes the making available of failed, less significant, and otherwise unpublished experiments; so called 'dark data'.

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