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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Aina Faus Bertomeu


Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Valencia, Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid and postgraduate degree in Applied Social Research and Data Analysis at the Centre for Sociological Research. She is currently completing her doctoral degree at the Spanish National University for Distance Education (UNED), where she is doing her PhD on sexuality, ageing and well-being. She currently teaches and carries out her research at the Department of Social Services and Historical and Legal Foundations of UNED. She has worked on projects about ageing, longevity, old age and health under the guidance of Rosa Gómez Redondo. She has been a visiting researcher at the Institut National d’Études Démographiques in Paris, with different objectives such as reconstructing the causes of death or analysing sexuality in older people. Additionally, she is a member of the international network on causes of death MODICOD and of the Mediterranean Network on Intergenerational Well-being Transfers.

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Celia Fernández Carro


Celia Fernández-Carro is BA and MA in Sociology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2006), MA in Population and Regional Studies from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2008) and PhD in Demography from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2013, Cum Laude). She has been visiting researcher in the Centre for Population Research (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) and the Centre for Ageing Research (University of Southampton, United Kingdom).
Her research deals with the causes and consequences of ageing and demographic change in post-industrial societies, especially focussed on the changing patterns of social support in later life. At present, Celia conducts research on the effects that multiple and concurrent sociodemographic transformations; longevity/disability trends, population structure, public policies, family relations and gender roles, are having on the profiles of elderly caregivers, formal (private and public services) and informal (relatives) in Southern European countries, as well as the structural opportunities and challenges posed by this context to ensure the wellbeing of older people and their informal caregivers in the coming decades.
In 2014, she joined to the Department of Social Policy at the National University of Distance Education (UNED), heading the project “The Individual, the Family or the State? Evolution of care preferences of Spanish population” funded by the Centre of Sociological Research (CIS). Currently, she continues her scientific activity in this department as postdoctoral “Juan de la Cierva-Formación” fellow, working in the R&D&I project “Longevity, Health and well-being in related to informal care networks. The case of Spain”, and in the international project “Quality and Cost- Effectiveness in Long-Term Care and Dependency Prevention”, coordinated by Dr. Jose Luis Fernández (London School of Economics, United Kingdom).
Celia has published articles in some of the international journals with higher impact factor (JRC) in the field of social gerontology such as Ageing and Society or the European Journal of Ageing. Her work is also published in other national and international journals as European Spatial Research & Policy, Research on Ageing and Social Policy or Scripta Nova. Her scientific activity has been also disseminated by regularly attending scientific events (e.g. national and international conferences, seminars, workshops, etc.).
She lectured “Demographic Analysis” during two consecutive academic years (2011-2012 and 2012-2013) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (BA in Geography). Since 2014, Celia lectures in “Demographic Methods” in the MSc Public Health organised by the National School of Public Health Carlos III-UNED, and in “Health, Ageing and Dependence” in the MA Social Policy and Dependence organised by UNED. Celia Fernández-Carro is member of the Mediterranean Network on Intergenerational Wellbeing, the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS), and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), and forms part of the Board of the Research Committee “Sociology of Population and Demography” (Working Group 26) of the Spanish Federation of Sociology (FES).

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Noelia Cámara Izquierdo


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 Juan López Doblas

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Jesús Fernández Rodríguez

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Luis Rivera Galicia

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Loïc Trabut 

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Svitlana Poniakina

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