Members of the Research Team


Rosa Gómez Redondo


Rosa Gómez Redondo got her PhD in Sociology from the Complutense University of Madrid. She is presently Professor at the National Distance Education University (UNED), in the area of Social Sciences. She heads the teaching team of Public System of Social Services, as well as a line of research in the PhD Program in Social Changes in Contemporary Societies of the Faculty of Sociology, and another one in the Program in Law and Social Sciences, at the Faculty of Law. She coordinates and teaches the Master’s Degree in Social Policies and Dependency, and is the Director of the module Demographic Analysis of the Master’s degree in Public Health at the Spanish Health Institute Carlos III (National Health School). Between 2009 and 2011, she was the Manager of the area of Social Sciences of the National RDI Plan, the main funding body in Spain, of the Science and Innovation Ministry, where she was responsible for the organization of the Expert Committees for evaluation and funding in the areas of Sociology, Political Science, Geography, Communication and Anthropology.

She is a member of the Group of Experts and Research Centres in Demography “Population Europe”, as well as a member of the Academic Committee of the Joint Institute of Research (IMIENS, Instituto Mixto de Investigación) (UNED-ISCIII). During the last years, she has served as Vice-Chair of the working group on Health and Performance of the European Joint Programming Initiative: More Years, Better Lives, and as a member of its Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Gómez Redondo has devoted her research career to the study of demography, especially to the study of Health along the vital cycle and to the sex/gender life expectancy differential. She started her research at the Complutense University (1983-1987), and later she moved to the Spanish Research Council (CSIC), where she was a researcher at the Demography Institute (1988-1990). Since her incorporation at the UNED, she has focused on the study of population ageing and the characteristics of old persons and their changes. One of her main lines of research is the increase in longevity and its consequences, as well as the resulting emergency of centenarians and the evolution of disability at advanced age. Another line of research is the sustainability of the welfare state, which pays special attention to the quality of life of the generations involved in informal support. She has been developing her line of research as the principal investigator of successive competitive research projects for 30 years.

Dr. Gómez Redondo has worked in several international institutions during her career. In particular, her stays as a visiting scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Demography (Center of Economics and Demography of Aging, CEDA), (2003); and at the Institut National d’Études Démographiques (INED, Paris) (2002, 2010, 2011, 2012), gave rise to long standing collaborations reflected into joint projects, research networks and publications along the years. She has also regularly visited the Centro de Estudios Demográficos in Havana (Cuba), and the Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy).

As a consequence of her research activity, she is a member of international networks and represents Spain in many of them, including the following: the Human Mortality Database (HMD), led by Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock; the International Database on Longevity (IDL), based at the Department of Demography at the University of California and at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR); Mortality, Divergence and Causes of Death, (MODICOD) and Diverging Trends in Mortality and Future Health Challenges (DIMOCHA), promoted by the French National Institute of Demographic Studies (INED); and the Network Reseau d’Esperance de vie en Santé (REVES), based at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM, Montpellier). She has recently launched as co-chair of the Mediterranean Network on Intergenerational Wellbeing Transfers, focusing on Support nets among the old people (CSIC-UNED).


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ainafausbertomeuAina Faus Bertomeu


After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Valencia, Aina Faus Bertomeu completed the graduate Specialist Training Seminar in Applied Social Research and Data Analysis at the Centre for Sociological Research (CIS) in Spain. She is currently competing her doctoral degree in Gender Studies at the Autonomous University of Madrid, where her research focuses on demography and gender.


unai_martnez1Unai Martín Roncedo

Bachelor’s degree and PhD in Sociology from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Bachelor’s degree in Market Research and Techniques (UPF/EHU) and postgraduate degree in Public Health from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He currently teaches Sociology at the UPV/EHU. His research focuses on the sociology of health and populations. He has taken part in and coordinated various research projects that have mainly analysed aspects related to the social determinants of health and the social inequalities in health, as well as the monitoring of population health, leading to a range of different national and international scientific publications.


ferranmartinez1Ferran Martínez Navarro

Doctor in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Valencia. Specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Currently Professor Emeritus at the Spanish National Health School, he was formerly a doctor of the National Health Service and a Tenured Professor of Public Health at the University of Valencia. Before that he was director of the National Centre for Epidemiology and of the National Health School, both part of the Carlos III Institute. His research has focused on the epidemiology of infectious diseases, and he has developed systems of epidemiologic monitoring and research on epidemic outbreaks. As a researcher he has worked in the analysis of mortality, especially in reconstructing its time series and in the approval of an international classification of causes of death. In his teaching career, he has been the head of the Master’s degree in Field Epidemiology (National Health School) and of the Master’s degree in Public Health (National Health School and University of Alcalá).


isabelperezvillanuevatovarIsabel Pérez-Villanueva Tovar

Isabel Pérez-Villanueva Tovar earned her PhD in Geography and History from the UNED, for which she was awarded the First National Research Prize from Spain’s Institute for Teacher Training and Educational Research and Innovation – IFIIE (CIDE Doctoral Dissertation modality). Now a professor at the UNED, Dr Pérez-Villanueva Tovar has extensive knowledge of the history of women and education for the period between the 1860s and 1936. Her publications focus on the cultural and social practices of women at the end of the 19th century, specifically the analysis of innovative contexts that promoted the access of middle-class women to education and fomented a new, more active and independent female lifestyle that helped connect women to the working and social spheres. In addition to her work in Women’s History, Dr Pérez-Villanueva Tovar’s research embraces the fields of intellectual history, cultural history and the history of the university.


cristinaberniscarroCristina Bernis Carro

A Full Professor of Physical Anthropology, Cristina Bernis Carro has participated in and coordinated numerous research projects over the course of her 40-year research career, and has published over 100 academic books and articles. Her research, which is evolutionary and gender-oriented, centres on the assessment of climate change and its consequences for the biology and health of men and women at different stages of the life cycle. She specifically addresses female health problems associated with reproduction and nutrition, with special emphasis on reproductive ageing and menopause and its practical application in past and present populations, subject to different ecological conditions and social contexts, assessing the impact of gender on biological diversity and health. Of special note are her roles as founder and editor of the Journal of Human Ecology and as an external advisor to several international organizations, including the OMS. She was first academic secretary and then director of the Instituto de Estudios Universitarios de la Mujer at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She has contributed to leading international institutions such as nutrition, menopause, economics & human biology, as well as the Journal of Biosocial Science.


jorgebravoJorge Bravo

Jorge Bravo’s research focuses mainly on the areas of longevity and population projections. Thus, much of his work has centred on the development and empirical application of statistical models for projecting population mortality in a dynamic context, with applications in prospective mortality tables, longevity calculations by generation, population projections and analysis of the sustainability of public and private social security systems. A second area of interest has been the projection of mortality among the elderly and the development of tools for adequately capturing the phenomena of survival curve rectangularization and compression. He has also constructed mortality tables in reduced populations via the application of parametric and nonparametric smoothing methods, and has developed new tools for hedging the longevity risk in financial markets from an actuarial perspective.

analuisadavilaAna Luisa Dávila

Ana Luisa Dávila is an economist and sociologist at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), where she currently coordinates the Demography programme at the School of Public Health. A member of the Network for Research on Aging in Latin America and the Caribbean (REALCE), she has contributed as a researcher to a number of studies relating to reproductive health and mother-child health in Puerto Rico, as well as the design and implementation of the evaluation of the basic sample for the Puerto Rico Department of Health and the Project on Emotional Problems of Middle-aged Women in the Americas (PAHO). Preventative care among middle-aged women in Puerto Rico, the cognitive state of older adults, and the consequences of ageing for informal support networks in Puerto Rico are three key areas she explores. Currently, she is a researcher on the Puerto Rican Elderly Health Conditions (PREHCO) project, a joint effort of the University of Wisconsin and the University of Puerto Rico.