Miranda Lubbers

Director of the COALESCE Lab, Full Professor

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mirandajessica.lubbers@uab.cat
Research interests Social cohesion
Migration and transnationalism
Polarization
Social exclusion
Poverty
Social networks
Inequality

Miranda Lubbers is Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain, and an ICREA Acadèmia fellow of the Catalan Institute of Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA). Her research studies how social networks shape processes of social cohesion, polarization, and exclusion (particularly of migrants and people with low or no incomes). These are fundamentally relational processes, but they have often been investigated at the individual level only. She uses both quantitative and qualitative analysis. At the UAB, she founded and directs the COALESCE Lab (Laboratory for Computational Analysis of Egonetworks, Social Cohesion, and Exclusion), which studies these social processes from a network perspective and unites the people working on related projects. She is currently directing the ERC Advanced Grant-funded project "A network science approach to social cohesion in European societies" (PATCHWORK; European Research Council), the Volkswagen Foundation project "Inclusivity norms to counter polarization in European societies" (INCLUSIVITY; in consortium with Maarten van Zalk -lead PI-, Eva Jaspers, Oliver Christ, and Marcin Bukowski), and a smaller project of the Spanish Ministry with Hugo Valenzuela, DIMCOM. 

Prof. Lubbers received her PhD in Behavioral and Social Sciences from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. After being a postdoctoral research fellow at the Groningen Institute for Educational Research at the University of Groningen from 2004-2006, she was awarded a Rubicon fellowship by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, in 2008, the Beatriu de Pinos fellowship of the Catalan government, and in 2010 the prestigious Ramón y Cajal senior research fellowship of the Spanish Ministry of Education. She also received the 2010 Award of Excellence in Research from her university and in 2014 the Award for Outstanding Research Trajectory to the effects of the I3 Program of the Spanish Ministery of Science and Innovation. Her research has been published in journals such as International Migration Review, Social Networks, Human Nature, New Media and Society, the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and the European Journal of Social Psychology.

Prof. Lubbers is associate editor of the journal Social Networks, editorial board member of Social Inclusion, and elected fellow of the European Academy of Sociology.

Publications

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    SOCIAL NETWORK DATA COLLECTION: PRINCIPLES AND MODALITIES adams, j., Lubbers, M. J. (2023). In: McLevey, J., Carrington, P. J., & Scott, J., The Sage Handbook of Social Network Analysis (second edition). Sage Publications, London. Publisher's website / Open-access PDF
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    BELONGING HERE AND THERE: HOW SOCIAL MEDIA AFFECT THE TRANSNATIONAL LIVES OF SPANIARDS IN ICELAND Valsdóttir, S., Lubbers, M. J. (2023). New Media & Society (Online first). DOI
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    MIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS IN THE "FARM OF EUROPE": THE ROLE OF TRANSNATIONAL STRUCTURES Fradejas-García, Ignacio, Molina, José Luis, Lubbers, M. J. (2023). Globalizations (Online first). DOI
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    AUTOMATED NAME SELECTION FOR THE NETWORK SCALE-UP METHOD Fenoy, A., Bojanowski, M., Lubbers, M. J. (2023). Field Methods. Preprint
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    MAKING EUROPE FROM BELOW: INTRA-EU MIGRATION AND MOBILITIES CONNECTING THE MARGINS Fradejas-García, Ignacio, Molina, José Luis, Lubbers, M. J. (2023). In: Kristín Loftsdóttir, Brigitte Hipfl, and Sandra Ponzanesi, Creating Europe from the Margins: Mobilities and Racism in Postcolonial Europe (pp. 157-173). Routledge, London. DOI
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    SOCIAL NETWORKS AND THE RESILIENCE OF MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES Lubbers, M. J. (2022). In: Snijders, T. A. B., Lazega, E., & Wittek, R. (Eds.), Social networks and social resilience (pp. 1-15). Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham. Publisher's website (the chapter is open access)
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    LABOUR MOBILITY AND INFORMALITY: ROMANIAN MIGRANTS IN SPAIN AND ETHNIC ENTREPRENEURS IN CROATIA Polese, A., Fradejas-García, I., Šimić Banović, R., Škokić, V., Kerikmäe, T., Molina, J. L., Alpeza, M. , Lubbers, M. J., Camerani, A. (2022). Politics and Governance, 10 (2): 279-292. DOI
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    SHORT TAKE: SAMPLING FROM TRANSNATIONAL SOCIAL FIELDS Molina, J. L., Lubbers, M. J., Hâncean, M. G., Fradejas-García, I. (2022). Field Methods, 34 (3): 256-264. DOI
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    CHOOSE, BUY, PAY - PARADOXES OF SHAME-RELIEVING PROCESSES AMONG IMPOVERISHED SPANIARDS AFTER 2008’S GREAT RECESSION Valenzuela-García, H., Lubbers, M. J., Molina, J. L. (2022). Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 12 (1): 120-137. DOI
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    (IM)MOBILITIES AND INFORMALITY AS LIVELIHOOD STRATEGIES IN TRANSNATIONAL SOCIAL FIELDS Fradejas-García, I., Molina, J. L., Lubbers, M. J. (2022). In: Polese, A., Informality, Labour Mobility and Precariousness: Supplementing the State for the Invisible and the Vulnerable. Palgrave MacMillan (pp. 33-68). Publisher's website
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    HOW DO PEOPLE'S ACQUAINTANCES SHAPE THEIR SUPPORT FOR ECONOMIC REDISTRIBUTION AND SOCIAL PROTECTION? Lubbers, M. J., Bojanowski, M. (2022). Dissemination article. The Social Observatory of La Caixa Foundation, Barcelona. Publisher's website
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    HOW DO MIGRANTS' PROCESSES OF SOCIAL EMBEDDING EVOLVE OVER TIME? Lubbers, M. J., Molina, J. L., McCarty, C. (2021). Global Networks, 21 (3): 529-55. DOI
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    MEASURING TRANSNATIONAL SOCIAL FIELDS THROUGH BINATIONAL LINK-TRACING Hâncean, M. G., Lubbers, M. J., Molina, J. L. (2021). PLoS One, 16 (6): e0253042. DOI / Open-access PDF
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    STRUCTURAL EMBEDDEDNESS IN TRANSNATIONAL SOCIAL FIELDS: PERSONAL NETWORKS, INTERNATIONAL (IM)MOBILITIES, AND THE MIGRATORY CAPITAL PARADOX. Hosnedlová, R., Fradejas-García, I., Lubbers, M. J., Molina, J. L. (2021). Social Inclusion, 9 (4): 278-290. DOI / Open-access PDF
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    IN GOOD COMPANY? PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, NETWORK EMBEDDEDNESS, AND SOCIAL INCLUSION. Lubbers, M. J. (2021). Social Inclusion, 9 (4): 203-210. DOI / Open-access PDF
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    PERSONAL NETWORKS AND MIGRATION TRAJECTORIES Lubbers, M. J., Molina, J. L. (2021). In: Small, M. J., Perry, B., Pescosolido, B., & Smith, N. (Eds.), Personal Networks: Classic Readings and New Directions in Egocentric Analysis. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Publisher's website
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    THE ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY OF PERSONAL NETWORKS Lubbers, M. J., Molina, J. L. (2021). Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa, 2: 185-200. Publisher's website / Ask for a copy
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    THE NETWORKED CHARACTER OF MIGRATION AND TRANSNATIONALISM Bilecen, B., Lubbers, M. J. (2021). Global Networks, 21 (4): 837-852. DOI
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    THE RELATIONAL VULNERABILITY OF PEOPLE EXPERIENCING MULTIPLE EXCLUSION HOMELESSNESS (MEH) IN SPAIN Valenzuela-García, H., Molina, J. L., Lubbers, M. J., Grau Rebollo, J. (2021). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (19): 10275. DOI / Open-access PDF
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    “SHE’S SURROUNDED BY LOVED ONES, BUT FEELING ALONE”: A RELATIONAL APPROACH TO LONELINESS Valenzuela-García, H., Lubbers, M. J., Molina, J. L. (2021). Social Inclusion, 9 (4): 350-362. DOI / Open-access PDF
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    A PROPÓSITO DE LA VULNERABILIDAD RELACIONAL: REFLEXIONES PARA LA INTERVENCIÓN SOCIAL Molina, J. L., Valenzuela-García, H., Lubbers, M. J. (2021). Documentación Social: Revista para Pensar la Intervención Social, 7: 1-9. Open-access PDF
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    ETNOGRAFÍAS MULTISITUADAS EN LOS CAMPOS TRANSNACIONALES: EL CASO DE RUMANÍA-ESPAÑA Fradejas-García, I., Molina, J. L., Lubbers, M. J., Hosnedlová, R. (2021). In: Marcu, S., Transformaciones y Retos de la Movilidad de los Europeos del Este en España: Treinta Años Después de la Caída del Muro de Berlín, 1989-2019. Tirant lo Blanch, Valencia. Publisher's website
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    RELATIONSHIPS STRETCHED THIN: SOCIAL SUPPORT MOBILIZATION IN POVERTY Lubbers, M. J., Valenzuela-García, H., Escribano Castaño, P., Molina, J. L., Casellas, A., Grau Rebollo, J. (2020). Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 689 (1): 65-88. DOI / Open-access PDF
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    SOCIAL NETWORKS AND TRANSNATIONAL SOCIAL FIELDS: A REVIEW OF QUANTITATIVE AND MIXED-METHODS APPROACHES Lubbers, M. J., Verdery, A., Molina, J. L. (2020). International Migration Review, 54 (1): 177-204. DOI
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    DO NETWORKS HELP PEOPLE TO MANAGE POVERTY? PERSPECTIVES FROM THE FIELD Lubbers, M. J., Small, M. L., Valenzuela-García, H. (2020). Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 689 (1): 7-25. DOI
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    VIVO ENTRE CUATRO PAREDES: LA VULNERABILIDAD RELACIONAL EN CONTEXTOS DE EXCLUSIÓN SOCIAL Valenzuela-García, H., Lubbers, M. J., Molina, J. L. (2020). Fundación FOESSA, Madrid. Publisher's website
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    A TYPOLOGY OF ECOLOGICAL INTENTIONAL COMMUNITIES: ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH SUBSISTENCE AND MATERIAL REPRODUCTION. Escribano Castaño, P., Lubbers, M. J., Molina, J. L. (2020). Journal of Cleaner Production, 266 (1): 1-14. DOI
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    “ÉL ES EMPRENDEDOR, PERO YO NO; YO SOY AUTÓNOMO”: AUTORREPRESENTACIÓN Y SUBSISTENCIA DE LOS NEOCAMPESINOS EN CATALUÑA Escribano Castaño, P., Hummel, A., Molina, J. L., Lubbers, M. J. (2020). AIBR Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana, 15 (1): 129-156. DOI / Open-access PDF
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    WHEN NETWORKS SPEAK VOLUMES: VARIATION IN THE SIZE OF BROADER ACQUAINTANCESHIP NETWORKS Lubbers, M. J., Molina, J. L., Valenzuela-García, H. (2019). Social Networks, 59: 55-69. DOI / Dissemination article
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    CONDUCTING PERSONAL NETWORK RESEARCH: A PRACTICAL GUIDE McCarty, C., Lubbers, M. J., Vacca, R., Molina, J. L. (2019). Guilford Press. Publisher's website
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    CHARITIES AS SYMBOLIC FAMILIES: ETHNOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE FROM SPAIN Grau Rebollo, J., Escribano Castaño, P., Valenzuela-García, H., Lubbers, M. J. (2019). Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 8 (1): 25-41. DOI
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    CHARITIES UNDER AUSTERITY: ETHNOGRAPHIES OF POVERTY AND MARGINALITY IN WESTERN NON-PROFIT AND CHARITY ASSOCIATIONS Valenzuela-García, H., Lubbers, M. J., Rice, J. G. (2019). Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 8 (1): 2-10. DOI / Open-access PDF
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    SOCIAL NETWORKS AND KNOWLEDGE ACQUISITION STRATEGIES AMONG BAKA CHILDREN, SOUTHEASTERN CAMEROON Gallois, S., Lubbers, M. J., Hewlett, B., Reyes-García, V. (2018). Human Nature, 29: 442–46. DOI / Open-access PDF
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    A PERSONAL NETWORK APPROACH TO THE STUDY OF IMMIGRANT STRUCTURAL ASSIMILATION AND TRANSNATIONALISM Vacca, R., Solano, G., Lubbers, M. J., Molina, J. L., McCarty, C. (2018). Social Networks: 72-89. DOI
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    L’ESGLÉSIA ORTODOXA ROMANESA A CATALUNYA: ESTRUCTURA DE RELACIONS I COMUNITAT DE CREIENTS Belzunegui Eraso, A., De Andrés Cardona, J., Lubbers, M. J., Mellen Vinagre, T., Pastor Gosálbez, I., Duenas Cid, D. (2018). URV Publicacions, Tarragona. Publisher's website
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    THE MISSING LINK: SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS IN MIGRATION AND TRANSNATIONALISM Bilecen, B., Gamper, M., Lubbers, M. J. (2018). Social Networks, 53: 1-3. DOI
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    INDUSTRIAL DISTRICTS AND MIGRANT ENCLAVES: A MODEL OF INTERACTION Molina, J. L., Martínez-Chafer, L., Molina-Morales, F. X., Lubbers, M. J. (2018). European Planning Studies, 26 (6): 1160-1180. DOI / Preprint
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    THE DUAL ROLE OF FRIENDSHIP AND ANTIPATHY RELATIONS IN THE MARGINALIZATION OF OVERWEIGHT CHILDREN IN THEIR PEER NETWORKS: THE TRAILS STUDY De la Haye, K., Dijkstra, J., Lubbers, M. J., Van Rijsewijk, L. G. M., Stolk, R. P. (2017). PLoS One, 12 (6): e0178130. DOI / Open-access PDF
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    COOPERATION AND COMPETITION IN SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY Molina, J. L., Lubbers, M. J., Valenzuela-García, H., Gómez-Mestres, S. (2017). Anthropology Today, 33: 11-14. DOI
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    PREFERENCE AND PREJUDICE: DOES INTERMARRIAGE ERODE NEGATIVE ETHNO-RACIAL ATTITUDES BETWEEN GROUPS IN SPAIN? Rodríguez-García, D., Solana-Solana, M., Lubbers, M. J. (2016). Ethnicities, 16 (4): 521-546. DOI
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    CONTESTING THE NEXUS BETWEEN INTERMARRIAGE AND INTEGRATION: FINDINGS FROM A MULTIDIMENSIONAL STUDY IN SPAIN Rodríguez-García, D., Lubbers, M. J., Solana-Solana, M., De Miguel Luken, V. (2015). Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, 662: 223-245. DOI