University of A Coruña

University of A Coruña is the Spanish academic partner. The research team consists of members from the International Migration Sociology Team (ESOMI), based at the Faculty of Sociology, and from the Economic Development and Social Sustainability (EDaSS) department, based in the Faculty of Business at the University of A Coruña.


Laura Oso is a Senior Lecturer (Profesora Titular de Universidad) at the Faculty of Sociology of the University of A Coruña where she held the post of Vice-Dean from 2009 to 2013. In 2016 she received the accreditation to Cátedra (Full Proffessor) from the Spanish Evaluation Agency (ANECA). Since 2011 she is the coordinator of ESOMI (The International Migration Sociology Team). Laura Oso is the current member of the Executive Committee at the International Sociological Association (ISA) and Vice-president for International Activities at the Spanish Sociological Association (FES). She has been an associate member of the COST Action ProsPol-Comparing European Prostitution Policies: Understanding Scales and Cultures of Governance (ProsPol) and of the network CIMORE (Circulations, Mobilités et espace Relationnel des migrants en Méditerranée). Her research work has centered mainly on the study of gender and migration. She has published extensively in journals (e. g. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies), co-editing Special Issues (e. g. Identities, Global Studies in Culture and Power, Papers, Sociological Research Online, Revista Española de Sociología) and books (e. g. The International Handbook on Gender, Migration and Transnationalism: Global and Development Perspectives, Edward Elgar Publishing). She is the Co-Editor of the book series on Southern European Societies (Edward Elgar). Email:

Obdulia Taboadela Álvarez is PhD in Sociology, University Complutense of Madrid. She is an expert in labor markets, employment and International Migrations. Since 1993 she is associate professor of Sociology at University of A Coruña. She has been fellowship in different universities abroad. She is member of the research team ESOMI. She has published articles in Spanish and foreign journals. Moreover, she has developed more than twenty research projects in sociology, studying Europe social transformations. Specifically, she was the coleader of the Erasmus Impact Study (EC)  She has been the coordinator of an International Master Degree in Migrations (2011-2014) and Vicedean of International Affairs (2017-2018). She has held various positions of responsibility in the political sphere. She has been  Senator at XIII Legislature. In January 2020, she has been appointed Principal in Galicia of Menéndez y Pelayo International University. Email:   

Belén Fernández Suárez is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of A Coruña, Spain. She is member of the Research Team in Sociology of International Migrations (ESOMI). She holds a PhD degree in Sociology from the University of A Coruña. She defended her PhD at University of A Coruña at the end of 2015 on the analysis of the institutionalization of immigrants integration policies at the regional level in Spain. She obtained a qualification of excellent with a cum laude mention and was awarded with the Extraordinary Prize to the Best Doctoral Thesis by the University of A Coruña. Her main lines of research are migration policies, local integration policies, and comparative policies of immigration. She did research stays at the University of California-San Diego, University of Lisbon, University of Sheffield (UK), University of Poitiers (France) and University of California-Berkeley. She took park in a huge number of research projects that can be consulted in her profile at the University of A Coruña. Email:

Paula Alonso holds a BA degree in Sociology from the University of A Coruña (UDC). She has specialized in international migration completing the Official Master’s Degree in International Migration at University of A Coruña. She is currently on a contract as a management and research assistant in the ESOMI and she is also lecturer at the Faculty of Education of the University of Vigo. At this moment, she is writing her doctoral thesis on ‘The Distinguishing Use of Educational and Social Times Among Migrant Teenagers – Incidence of this Use on Family, School and Community Socialization Processes’”, and Laura Oso Casas (UDC). Her research lines are focused on the use of educational and social times among migrant teenagers, educational strategies among migrant families, socialization processes in migrant minors and educational policies. In her research career, she has been formed in international centers in Ireland, Mexico, Brasil or Argentina. Email:

Diego López de Lera is Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Sociology of the University of Coruña. His main research lines are focused on the dynamics of population growth (demography); analysis of international migration flows, particularly between America and Europe, and the study of the situation of the foreign population in host countries. In recent years he has carried out researches and publications on these topics, specifically on the New Emigration from Spain; the return of immigrants from Spain and the Incidence of foreign immigration in the demographic dynamics of the territorial regions. He has participated in 13 research projects and is currently participating in one on “The new emigration from Spain: profiles, mobility strategies and transnational political activism” and another on “Gender, cross-mobility and transnational dynamics”, funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Spain. Email:

Leticia Santaballa is a PhD researcher in the Welcoming Spaces project. With a BA in Psychology (University of Santiago de Compostela and University of South Wales), she oriented her career towards Local Development and Migration Studies, completing a M.A. in International Cooperation, with a Major in management of integrated local development (University of Valencia) and a M.A in Social Policies and community intervention, with a major in Migrations (University of A Coruña). During her Master thesis, she carried out a self-funded research about local experiences and multi-level practices of integration for asylum seekers and refugees around the Spanish Peninsula, focused on the relationship created with civil society. Alternating academic studies with field work in migrations, she counts with broad working experience in Spain, Greece and France, as a social intervention technician in reception and inclusion of migrant population, youth migrant integration in economically deprived rural and urban areas, local participation and partial management of refugee camps.

Isabel Novo-Corti is Associate Professor of Economic Analysis at the Universidade da Coruña and Tutor at the Associate Centre of A Coruña at the Spanish National Open University (UNED), PhD in Economics. She is the coordinator of the EDaSS research group on Economic Development and Social Sustainability and member of the SET-LASE research group on socioeconomics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She is a member of the University Institute of Maritime Studies; research fellow at the International Economic Institute (University Jaume I – Spain); member of the Economic Forum of Galicia (Spain), among other memberships. She is the director of the Atlantic Review of Economics and member of the editorial board of journals indexed in JCR. Her research focuses on economics, labour market and social sustainability, more general public policies and sustainability in the framework of Knowledge Society. Her works have been awarded in several International Conferences and she also was awarded for best research paper of 2015 published in the Management of Environmental Quality Journal. She is member of scientific committees in prestigious conferences and chair of the EDaSS International Conference. She has been invited as a keynote speaker at various international conferences worldwide.