Dr. Alejandro Cordia

Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)

Coalesce LAB, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology

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I am a postdoctoral researcher at the COALESCE Lab (Laboratory for the Computational Analysis of Egonetworks, Social Cohesion and Exclusion) which is part of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). In 2020, I received my PhD in Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento (Italy) with a network-analytic study on the changing patterns of inter-organizational collaboration within the Basque environmental field in the aftermath of violent conflict. Before joining the UAB, I was a research assistant in other international research projects at the University of Geneva and the King Juan Carlos University (URJC) in Madrid. I have also had the chance to conduct stays as a visiting researcher at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in Spain and Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

Description of research

My research concentrates broadly on phenomena related to political polarization, everyday political talk, and participation in civil society and social movements (with particular attention to mobilizations around environmental, climate, and nationalist claims). Methodologically, I am particularly interested in social network analysis and mixed-methods approaches, combining statistical analyses of network patterns with qualitative evidence gathered through in-depth interviews and text analyses. Within the INCLUSIVITY project, I am primarily concerned with the understanding of interpersonal dynamics of political polarization in everyday life, focusing empirically on the contentious political context of Catalonia.

Selection of relevant publications

* Ciordia, A. , Alcalà-i-Rams, M. & Lubbers, M. J. (2024). A personal network study of informal political conversation in Catalonia: Fieldwork report of Work Package 3 of the INCLUSIVITY research project. Barcelona: COALESCE Lab, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.31235/osf.io/t8f3d

* Oncini, F., & Ciordia, A. (2023). Strategic action fields through digital network data: An examination of charitable food provision in Greater Manchester. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 1-14. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11266-023-00598-4

* Ciordia, A. (2021). Less divided after ETA? The evolution of ideological cleavages in the Basque environmental field, 2007–2017. Mobilization: An International Quarterly, 26(2), 217-236. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.17813/1086-671X-26-2-217

* Ciordia, A., & Letamendia, A. (2021). Using Social Network Analysis to study the Modularity of Protest Forms: The evolution of the Basque Repertoire of Contention (1980-2014). EMPIRIA. Revista de Metodología de las Ciencias Sociales, (52), 53-95. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5944/empiria.52.2021.31365

* Ciordia, A. (2018). The effects of Kobane in the reconfiguration of the popular geopolitical codes of Turkey’s Kurdish movement. Turkish Studies, 19(5), 773-98. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14683849.2018.148428

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