CESPYD: Center of Community Research and Action at Universidad de Sevilla (Spain)

Since 2008, CESPYD, the Center of Community Research and Action at Universidad de Sevilla (Spain), has as its primary mission to develop a liberation psychology process through community research-action projects aimed at increasing the power, health and well-being of vulnerable groups and ethnic minorities such as low income migrants, refugees or Roma population.

The current European social policies call for the development of explanatory models, methodological tools and innovative practices to address the needs and challenges faced by these groups. Following these recommendations, CESPYD is composed of a multidisciplinary group of researchers and activists from the Universidad de Sevilla (Spain), Instituto de Saúde Pública da Universidade do Porto (Portugal), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italia), Universidad Industrial de Santander (Colombia) y Universidad Loyola Andalucía (España). CESPYD functions as a center which internal operation is based on collaboration, synergies between disciplines, fostering effective communication and utilization of resources. Our work style promotes the development of innovative programmatic capacity by establishing useful and realistic goals driven by community needs and culturally competent interventions. This format of collaboration allows us to fill gaps related to research on intercultural contacts and challenging community experiences of the most vulnerable groups (discrimination, poverty and social fragmentation). In this sense, in CESPYD we seek to involve community members in different phases of the research collaboration. For that, we employ a collaborative and reflective methodology linking research and action and facilitating the empowerment process of participants and different stakeholders. In this way, both researchers and key stakeholders from the community are utmost sensitive to the multicultural transformation of the social fabric, their training, research and the activities developed in their contexts. Likewise, this allows bringing changes and arising awareness in both sides and within vulnerable populations as we incorporate values based on the diversity and multicultural background of the participants as well as the challenging sociopolitical context in which we are immersed.

Since its foundations, CESPYD’s activities have been funded by important organizations and institutions at national, Europe and and international levels, among them, COST network, the International Organization for Migrations, the Open Society Foundations, European Commission’s DG SANTE, or the Spanish Ministry of Economics and Competitiviness. In CESPYD we maintain a close cooperation with other national and international research groups and centers, for example, with the Instituto Interuniversitario de Desarrollo Social y Paz de la Universidad de Alicante, the Instituto de Saúde Pública da Universidade do Porto, the Dipartimento di Psicologia de la Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, the Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research at University of Illinois at Chicago and the Norwegian Centre for Migration and Minority Health.

Members

Universidad de Sevilla (Spain)

María Jesús Albar Marín

María Jesús Albar Marín

PhD Dept. Nursing
Carlos Camacho Martínez Vara de Rey

Carlos Camacho Martínez Vara de Rey

PhD Dept. Experimental Psychology
Marta Escobar Ballesta

Marta Escobar Ballesta

PhD Research Project Manager
Rocío Garrido Muñoz de Arenillas

Rocío Garrido Muñoz de Arenillas

PhD Dept. Social Psychology
Ana Arenzana Rodríguez

Ana Arenzana Rodríguez

PhD Student Dept. Social Psychology
Ana Gutiérrez Martínez

Ana Gutiérrez Martínez

PhD Student Dept. Social Psychology
Daniela E. Miranda

Daniela E. Miranda

PhD Student Dept. Social Psychology
Tainara Paulon

Tainara Paulon

PhD Student Dept. Social Psychology
Belén Soto Ponce

Belén Soto Ponce

PhD Student Dept. Social Psychology

Instituto de Saúde Pública da Universidade do Porto (Portugal)

Claúdia de Freitas

Claúdia de Freitas

PhD Department of Health and Society of the Institute of Public Health

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy)

Sara Martínez Damia

Sara Martínez Damia

PhD Student Dept. Social Psychology

Universidad Industrial de Santander (Colombia)

Juan Carlos Aceros

Juan Carlos Aceros

PhD Escuela de Trabajo Social
Wendy Tatiana Duque Moreno

Wendy Tatiana Duque Moreno

PhD Student Escuela de Trabajo Social

University Loyola Andalucía (Spain)

Marco Gemignani

Marco Gemignani

PhD Dept. Social Psychology
Yolanda Hernández Albújar

Yolanda Hernández Albújar

PhD Dpto. de Humanidades y Filosofía