Dr. Julia Martinez-Ariño

Dr. Julia Martínez Ariño


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Dr. Julia Martinez-Ariño is research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, where she works as part of the project: Cities and the Challenge of Diversity: a Study in Germany and France. Her research focuses on how actors in French cities shape structures of diversity. In particular, she investigates the local governance of religious diversity looking, among other things, at the participation of religious actors in local governance structures in France.

Julia received her PhD in Sociology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2012. She was postdoctoral researcher in the Chaire religion, culture et société at the University of Montréal. Previously, she did postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Fellow Group 'Governance of Cultural Diversity' at MPI-MMG. Julia has also been a research fellow at the University of Vienna and the Centre d’études interdisciplinaires des faits religieux in Paris. Julia is also a research associate of the Religion and Diversity Project headed by Lori Beaman at the University of Ottawa and of the ISOR research group lead by Mar Griera at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She is member of the 'Religion and Public Institutions' research network and the Spanish representative in the EUREL project at the University of Strasbourg. Her research interests include Judaism and contemporary Jewish communities, the processes of deconfessionalisation and demonopolisation of the state, and the governance and accommodation of religious diversity in public institutions, such as hospitals, prisons and schools, and in cities.

Julia is member of two international research networks on religious diversity: 'EUREL. Sociological and Legal Data in Europe' and 'Religion and Public Institutions'.


[2017] (with M. Griera) "The Accommodation of Religious Diversity in Prisons and Hospitals in Spain" in F. Colom González & Gianni D'Amato (eds.), Multireligious Society. Dealing with Religious Diversity in Theory and Practice. London & New York: Routledge, pp. 251-266.

[2016] " 'Being Jew is like travelling by bus': Constructing Jewish identities in Spain between individualisation and group belonging", Journal of Religion in Europe 9(4), pp. 324-349.

[2016] "Grupos religiosos y gobierno local en interacción: Un estudio de caso en Francia", Sociedad y Religion 46(26), pp. 201-223.

[2016] (with S. Lefebvre) "Resisting or Adapting? How Private Catholic High Schools in Quebec Respond to State Secularism and Religious Diversification", Eurostudia 11(1), pp. 19-44.

[2016] (with M. Griera) "Responses to religious diversity in Spain", Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society – J-RaT 2(1), pp. 37-59.

[2015] (with M. Griera, A. Clot-Garrell & G. Garcia-Romeral) "Religión e instituciones públicas en España: Hospitales y prisiones en perspectiva comparada", Revista Internacional de Sociología 73(3), DOI:10.3989/ris.2015.73.3.e020.

[2015] (with G. García-Romeral, G. Ubasart-González & M. Griera) “Demonopolisation and dislocation: (Re-) negotiating the place and role of religion in Spanish prisons”. Social Compass 62(1), pp. 3-21.

[2014] (with M. Griera & G. García-Romeral) "Beyond the Separation of Church and State: Explaining the New Governance of Religious Diversity in Spain", MMG Working Papers, no. 14-08.

[2014] (with M. Griera) "The Accommodation of Religious Diversity in Prisons and Hospitals in Spain", RECODE Working Paper Series, no. 28.

[2012] “Identidades y vivencias judías en la Cataluña contemporánea: una realidad diversa y cambiante”, Quaderns-e de l’Institut Català d’Antropologia, 17(2): 73-85.

[2012] (with G. García-Romeral) ”L’acomodació de la pràctica funeràriaa Barcelona: diferències entre comunitats islàmiques i jueves”. Revista Catalana de Sociologia, (28): 89-100.

[2011] "Pràctiques funeràries i construcció de la identitatde les comunitats jueves contemporànies de Catalunya", Revista Catalana de Sociologia, (27): 61-75.

[2011] (with M. Griera, G. García-Romeral & M. Forteza "Inmigración, diversidad religiosa y centros de culto en la ciudad de Barcelona", Migraciones, 30: 101-133.