Current research interests and projects can be placed within the following contexts::
- The Community and Social Capital
- Community Determinants of Health
- Lifestyles and Health
- Identity, Gender and Wellbeing
1.The Community and Social Capital
Through the Valencia University Faculty of Psychology Doctorate in Social Psychology, a part of the group is focused on the community. This work deals with developments in the theoretical and applied study of existing relationships, community participation and a sense of belonging, with specific reference to a neighbourhood in the Valencia city centre. The work is funded by the Manises Youth Council and the Valencia University Ibero-american Masters in Community Psychology. This project required the legal constitution of a not-for-profit association for community development research (ADECOM – Association for Community Development, 1993) and this was the first step in the process of the formal formation of our Research Group. Social capital research has been contextualizing in Social Needs and Health Enquires at Casablanca Neighbourhood. Last version integrates the Quality of Life measure: WHOQOL- bref (Aragon Government, 2009-2011).
2. Community Determinants of Health
Based on our institutional and academic experience in health and the community, in 1996, we designed a health survey protocol for primary care in health centres. Our model incorporates psychosocial factors into governmental surveys and has been employed in a number of research projects, examples include:
3. Lifestyles and Health
In collaboration with the Public Administration we have developed research projects on the social perception of nutrition-health crises and relationships between nutrition, sport, leisure and lifestyles.
Group members have participated in integrated European programmes, such as: Healthy Aging (2000-2003); European Cultural Heritage (2002); Choosing foods, eating meals, sustaining independence and quality of life in older people (2003-2005).
Through the Association for Applied Social Studies, we have undertaken operative research on habits of nutrition and consumption (Immigration Office, 2004; The Bofia Foundation, 2003-2005; The Catalan Consumer Agency, 2006).
4. Identity, Gender and Wellbeing
Our group receives funding from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs - National Institute for Women, the Aragonese Institute for Women and the Institut de la Dona, as part of the European research and development programmes and this has allowed us to integrate a gender perspective into the study of wellbeing and lifestyles:
It is clear that the sex/gender system is one of the most potent factors in social stratification and inequality. Moreover, gender plays a central role in the processes of identity and social wellbeing. Research on socialisation, the construction of subjectivity and gender violence can provide a vital perspective on the study of social capital.
The University of Zacatecas (Mexico) interdisciplinary project “Women and Interculturality: Plurality and Diversity of Gender Studies in Sociocultural Areas in Transformation” offers a critical reflection of these issues and underlines the need to develop intervention strategies.