I welcome PhD students and Postdocs to work with me on the following topics:

  • Family dynamics and demographic change (marriage, divorce) and its links to social inequalities.
  • Parenting: new roles of fathers, intensive mothering ideologies, parenting styles. 
  • Child development: cognitive and non-cognitive skills formation. 
  • Gender: ideology/attitudes, unequal divisions of unpaid work, women’s career development, fatherhood premiums
  • Education: compensatory mechanisms of adverse life course events, reproduction theory.
  • Methods: time-use, longitudinal data, causal inference, ethnography, focus groups, interviews, mixed methods. 
  • HIV dynamics: hiv prevalence across populations, risks’ managements (PReP, etc), stigma, health outcomes,  or aging with hiv. 

I mainly work with large scale longitudinal and cross-sectional comparative datasets. In addition, I have extensive experience using ethnography and qualitative methods and I am also open to supervise works in that line. 

I’m currently supervising two PhDs on gender and violence, and the social policy of the elderly, respectively. I’m open to supervise more PhD students.  At UNED, we have fully funded (4-year, full time) PhD scholarships and also 5-year fully funded, non-project linked, without teaching, Postdocs scholarships. If you would like to apply for one of these scholarships under my supervision, please contact me at 

My style of mentoring is simple. I just try to imitate my own mentor, M. J. González. That means granting students freedom, and letting them find the specific ideas and topics  they fall in love with. Acting mainly as a guide in moments of lost or need. I constantly remind myself to avoid any kind of patronizing or judging, but activily listen. A mentor is key to maximize students’ returns of investments of time and energy.  This is a great reading on mentoring.