María José Romano


I am currently a research assistant at the Gender and ICT research program (IN3 – UOC), where I support different projects in data collection and fieldwork, as well as drafting reports, implementing the communication strategy and organizing scientific activities and social events. I am a graduate in Social Anthropology (URV) and Audiovisual Communication (UV), postgraduate in Applied Social Research (UAB) and Citizen Participation (URV), and Master in Strategic Communication (URV).

Previously, I have worked as a research assistant in several projects at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in the fields of Communication and Cultural studies. Throughout my professional career, I have also been a project coordinator in the NGO environmental sector, and consultant in Corporate Social Responsibility and Gender equality in the public sector, carrying out assessment studies and action plans.

My main areas of expertise are strategic communication of organizations and the monitoring and technical execution of projects, especially in the fields of sustainability and gender equality. On the methodological side, my primary skills are qualitative research methods, with a special focus on ethnography, in-depth interviews, and participatory action research. As a researcher, besides collaborating as an assistant in Gender and ICT, I have conducted research on the social memory of the Spanish Civil War and Franco’s dictatorship recreated in oral history and in social media.



Phone: (+34) 93 253 5762
ORCID: 0000-0001-9531-9046
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Sáinz, M. [Milagros], Fàbregues, S. [Sergi], Romano, M. J. [María José], & López, B-S. [Beatriz-Soledad] (2022). Interventions to increase young people’s interest in STEM. A scoping review. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 954996.

Castelló, E. [Enric], & Romano, M. J. [María José]. (2021) Shepherdesses: new representations of rural women in Spain. Feminist Media Studies.

Sáinz, M. [Milagros], Fàbregues, S. [Sergi], Rodó-de-Zárate, M. [Maria], Martínez-Cantos, J.L [José-Luis], Arroyo, L. [Lidia], & Romano, M.J. [María José]. (2020). Gendered Motivations to Pursue Male-Dominated STEM Careers Among Spanish Young People: A Qualitative StudyJournal of Career Development47(4), 408–423.

Sáinz, M. [Milagros], Martínez, J. L. [José Luis], Rodo, M. [Maria], Romano, M. J. [María José], Arroyo, L. [Lídia], & Fabregues, S. [Sergi]. (2019). Young Spanish People’s Gendered Representations of People Working in STEM. A Qualitative Study. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 996.

Müller, J. [Jörg], Fàbregues, S. [Sergi], Guenther, E. A. [Eñosabeth Anna], & Romano, M. J. [María José]. (2019). Using Sensors in Organizational Research–Clarifying Rationales and Validation Challenges for Mixed Methods. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 1188.

Sáinz, M. [Milagros], Castaño, C. [Cecilia], Meneses, J. [Julio], Fàbregues, S. [Sergi], Müller, J. [Jörg], Rodó, M. [María], Martínez, J.L. [José Luis], Romano, M. J. [María José], Arroyo, L. [Lídia], Garrido, N. [Natalia]. (2017). Se buscan ingenieras, físicas y tecnólogas. ¿Por qué no hay más mujeres STEM?.  Ariel.

Romano, M.J. [María José]. (2017). Memoria y justicia en las redes. Facebook en la acción colectiva por la memoria histórica en España. En L. Quílez & J.C. Rueda (Eds.) Posmemoria de la Guerra Civil y el franquismo. Narrativas audiovisuales y producciones culturales en el siglo XXI (pp. 215-231). Comares.

Castelló, E. [Enric], & Romano, M.J. [María José]. (2016). Wind on the fog. A Reflection on the Policy of Historical Memory at Televisió de Catalunya through the Documentary Perseguits i salvats, Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies, 8, 159-166.

Buch i Moya, M. [Miquel], Pigrau Solé, A. [Antoni], Gelonh i Monré, M. [Montserrat], Álvarez Oneca, C. [Cándido], Andreu i Florenza, T. [Txema], Romano Serrano, M. J. [María José], Roca i Parellada, J. F. [Joan Francesc], Ollé i Bidó, E. D. [Enric Daniel], & Rodríguez Beas, M. [Marina]. (2011). Ens locals i energía. Associació Catalana de Municipis.

Reus. Àrea de Medi Ambient (2007). Reus és colors, la campanya. Ajuntament de Reus.

Romano, M.J. [María José]. (2005). Llanos del Caudillo. Memoria e historia oral de un pueblo de la colonización agraria. Ciudad Real: Ayuntamiento de Llanos del Caudillo.

Romano, M.J. [María José]. (2004). Diseñar los sueños. Publicidad o cómo confundir ideales, identidades y objetos, Opcions. Información para el consumo responsable, 11, 27-29.


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