Sociology

Associate Professor, Sociology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Dr Mar Griera is currently the director of the research group ISOR (Research centre for the study of religion) and an Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She is also vice-dean in the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology of the UAB. 

Her main research expertise lies at the intersection of religion, spirituality, identity and heritage regimes in contemporary Europe. Mar’s primary academic background is in sociology but she has intensively engaged with other disciplinary fields during her career, especially religious studies, political science and anthropology. She has coordinated several competitive projects in these fields and has extensively published their results in leading academic journals and books. 

She has also been a visiting research fellow at the Université de Lausanne (2016), Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University (2009), the Universiteit Van Amsterdam (2008), the University of Exeter (2006) and the University of Strasbourg (2004). 

Within the SRES2 project, Mar leads the research in Spain and is especially interested in the following sub-fields: a) the religion and science debates and positions among radical right movements and parties in Europe, and b) the beliefs, attitudes and behaviours of those involved in the holistic spiritual milieu on science and religion debates. 

Keywords: sociology of religion, interreligious relations, spirituality, alternative therapies, urban religion, heritage, memory, politics.