Maria Rodó de Zárate


I am a Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral researcher since 2015. I got my degree in Political Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, a Master in Women, Gender and Citizenship Studies from the University of Barcelona (with an extraordinary award) and my PhD in Geography from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (with international mention). I have also been a PNPD/CAPES postdoctoral researcher in Brazil, in the Grupo de Estudos Territoriais (Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa).

My main research fields are feminist geographies, geographies of sexualities and of youth, with a special focus on intersectionality theory and the development of new methodologies for working on it such as the Relief Maps. In 2012 I received the Gender, Place and Culture Award for New and Emerging Scholars by Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography. I have been a visiting research fellow at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (United States), Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa (Brasil) and University College Dublin (Ireland).


Email: ude.c1498708030ou@do1498708030dorm1498708030

Selected publications


Rodó-de-Zárate, Maria (forthcoming, 2016) “Intersectionality” (entry) The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies.

Rodó-de-Zárate, Maria (2017) “Geografies de la interseccionalitat: llocs, emocions, desigualtatsTreballs de la Societat Catalana de Geografia. Vol. 82 p. 141-163.

Rodó-de-Zárate, Maria (2017) “Who else are they? Systematizing childhood and youth research on intersectionalityChildren’s Geographies. Vol. 15. Issue 1. p. 23-35

Rodó-de-Zárate, Maria (2017) “Affective inequality and heteronormative discomforts.Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie [Journal for Economic and Social Geography]. (Published Online:  DOI: 10.1111/tesg.12234)

Rodó-de-Zárate, M (2016) “Feminist and queer epistemologies beyond the academia and the Anglophone world: political intersectionality and transfeminism in the Catalan context“. In Brown, G and Browne, K (2016) The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities. Routledge, Oxford.

Baylina, Mireia; Garcia-Ramon, Maria Dolors; Porto, Ana María; Rodó-de-Zárate, Maria; Salamaña, Isabel; Villarino, Montserrat (2016) “Work-life balance of professional women in rural SpainGender, Place and Culture. Online:

Baylina, Mireia and Rodó-de-Zárate, Maria (2016) “New visual methods for teaching intersectionality from a spatial perspective in a geography and gender course”. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. Online:

Rodó-de-Zárate, Maria (2015) “Young lesbians negotiating public space in Manresa: an intersectional approach through placesChildren’s Geographies. Vol. 13. Issue 4. p. 413-434

Rodó-de-Zárate, Maria (2015) “El acceso de la juventud al espacio público en Manresa. Una aproximación desde las geografías feministas de la interseccionalidad” [Young people access to public space: an approach from feminist geographies of intersectionality] Scripta Nova. Revista Electrónica de Geografía y Ciencias Sociales. vol. XIX, nº 504

Rodó-de-Zárate, Maria (2015) “Managing fear in public space: young feminists’ intersectional experiences through Participatory Action Research’” Cahiers du CEDREF (online) vol.21.

Rodó-de-Zárate, Maria (2014) “Developing geographies of intersectionality with Relief Maps: reflections from youth research in Manresa, Catalonia”. Gender, Place & Culture, 2014, Vol.21, (8), p.925-944.

Rodó-de-Zárate, Maria and Baylina, Mireia (2014) “Learning in/through public space: young girls and feminist consciousness-raising” in Mills, S. and Kraftl, P. (2014) (eds) Informal Education, Childhood and Youth: Geographies, Histories, Practices. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 9781137027726

Rodó-de-Zárate, Maria (2013) ‘Gènere, cos i sexualitat: La joventut i l’experiència i ús de l’espai públic urbà” [Gender, body and sexuality: youth, use and experience of urban public space] Papers: Revista de Sociologia. Vol. 98. Num. 1, 127-142.

Selected projets

“La calle es mía? Poder, miedo y estrategias de empoderamiento de mujeres jóvenes en un espacio público hostil” [Taking back the streets? Power, fear and young women’s empowerment strategies in a hostile public space]. Funded by Emakunde- Instituto Vasco de la Mujer. July 2015-May 2016. Lead researcher: Maria Rodó de Zárate

“Spreading the Seed: Feminist Kurdish Revolution and Radical Epistemologies”. Funded by Antipode Foundation (Scholar-Activist Project Awards 2015). May 2015 – April 2016. Lead researchers: Maria Rodó de Zárate and Marta Jorba

“Hacer ciudad desde los barrios. Geografías del género y de la edad en la construcción del tejido urbano” [Constructing cities through neighborhoods: gender and age geographies in the construction of urban space]. Funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. 2009-12. Lead researcher: Maria Dolors Garcia Ramon

“Mujeres, trabajo y ruralidad: estrategias innovadoras para el desarrollo de un proyecto profesional y personal” [Women, work and rurality: innovative strategies for the development of professional and personal projects]. Funded by: Instituto de la Mujer. Lead researcher: Mireia Baylina

“Geografías de la infancia y la juventud: género, vida cotidiana y prácticas espaciales” [Children and Youth geographies: gender, everyday life and spatial practices]. Funded by: Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competivity. 2012-15. Lead researcher: Maria Prats

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