Mireia Esparza

Department of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Department of Linguistic and Literary Education and Teaching and Learning of Experimental Sciences and Mathematics, Universitat de Barcelona

CV summary

Assistant professor at Universitat de Barcelona and at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, I hold a degree in biology (Universitat de Barcelona), a Master in Human Biology and Physical Anthropology (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and a PhD in Biology (Universitat de Barcelona). I am specialised in biodemography and determinants in fertility, both in historical and current populations. I’ve been teaching in Biology, Genetics, Environmental Science and Education degrees since 1998.

I am interested in innovation in teaching and in the engagement of university students with social responsibility. In 2015 I noticed service learning as the perfect way to match both elements, for it combines meaningful learning of contents and competencies with community service, with the aim of educating responsible workers and citizens. Since that year I have been applying service learning to work on SDGs with environmental science students by jointly developing projects with social and environmental entities. I am also leading a research group that analyses how service learning  can improve skills and competency learning and how it can increase students’ social engagement.

I have published about 60 articles and chapters of books in Physical anthropology, innovation in university teaching, service learning and the process of reflection in experiental learning at university.


  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

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  • Generalitat de Catalunya