Full Professor of Sociology at the University of Huelva (Spain) and current President of the Andalusian Sociological Association. She holds a PhD in Sociology and a Master of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). She develops her work at the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Public Health where is Director of the Social Studies and Social Intervention Research Centre. She is also a member of the COIDESO Research Centre (www.uhu.es/coideso) at the University of Huelva. She is also a member of the Scientific Council at the Research Centre for Spatial and Organisational Dynamics at the University of Algarve (Faro, Portugal).
She has been Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economic and Political Science, based at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights; a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University; at Arizona State University; and at Universität Augsburg. At the present time, Estrella is a member of the Management Committe (Workgroup: Social Media) in the COST Action: Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories (COMPACT), CA COST Action CA15101 (2016-2020) funded by the European Union Framework Programme Horizon 2020, coordinated by the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Alemania), and integrated by 33 countries. She has recently got involved in other projects such as DIVERSE: Diversity improvement as a viable enrichment resource for society and economy (Ref. HOME/201213/EIFX/CA/CFP4000004248), funded by the EC Home Affairs.
Throughout her career Professor Gualda has managed many projects and published several books, book chapters and scientific articles in the fields of sociology, social exclusion, migrations and minorities, cross-border issues, social networks, social capital, and most recently on social media.
Se has a particular interest in transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to social, political, economic and cultural issues, advances in research methods, techniques and software for social and applied sciences, sociological and other social science theories, conspiracy theories, human rights, big data, social media, migrations, diversity, interculturality, intercultural mediation, intercultural dialogue, integration, borders, social justice, racism, xenophobia, exclusion, rumour, stereotypes, conspiracies, and connected issues.
Estudios Sociales E Intervención Social: http://www.eseis.es/estrella
Asociación Andaluza de Sociología - AAS: http://www.sociologiaandaluza.com
Miembro de COIDESO, Centro de Investigación en Pensamiento Contemporáneo e Innovación para el Desarrollo Social: http://www.uhu.es/coideso
Miembro de Narratives & Social Changes – International Research Group (narrativesresearch.org)
Publicaciones en Arias Montano: http://goo.gl/ksKW88
Publicaciones en Dialnet: http://goo.gl/ZCk3Gw
I Premio de Cooperación Territorial Europea y de Vecindad: Modalidad Investigación (2012), Junta de Andalucía y Programa Operativo FEDER de Andalucía 2007-2013; Best Conference Paper: Refugee Crisis in Twitter: Diversity of Discourses at a European Crossroad (2016, coautora, Interdisciplinarity in Human and Social Sciences International Congress). Menciones de Calidad (2013) de la Asociación Andaluza de Sociología por dos artículos científicos