Biography of Constanza Tobío Soler

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Constanza Tobío Soler

Constanza Tobío was born in Montevideo (Uruguay) in 1954, where her parents, exiled from the Spanish Civil War, lived. She belongs to the first generation of graduates in Political Science and Sociology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, finishing her studies in 1977. In 1987, she obtained her PhD with a thesis on the socio-economic restructuring of the metropolitan area of Madrid during the period 1970-85, under the supervision of Manuel Castells.

In 2005, she was awarded the Sociology qualification and, a year later, a chair at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. She has been Head of Department and Vice-Dean of Sociology at that university, as well as Director of the Master’s Degree in Contemporary European Political Culture (Euromaster) and the Master’s Degree in Transatlantic Relations (TAM) organised with the universities of Bath, Siena, Humboldt, Frei, Sciences Po, Washington (UW) and North Carolina (UNC-Chapel Hill). As a visiting lecturer or researcher, she has spent time at the universities of Bath, La Sapienza, Siena, Florence, Padua and Montevideo, as well as at the Centre d’Etudes de l’Emploi of the CNRS in Paris.

Her main research topics are urban sociology, gender, single parenthood, intergenerational relations, social policies, family-work balance and care. She also works to recover the contribution of sociologists forgotten by the dominant canon, such as Harriet Martineau and Mirra Komarovski. She has been a member of several European research networks, including TSER “Working and Mothering” (with the universities of Frankfurt, Lund, Florence, Oslo and London School of Economcs) or RTN “Grandparenthood and Intergenerational Relationships” (CNAV-Paris, Goldsmiths College, Oslo, Athens) where she has collaborated with Jane Lewis, Claudine Attias-Donfut or Ute Gerhard, among other sociologists. She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the European Sociological Association, as well as of the Editorial Board of its journal, European Societies. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the C.I.S. and of the Editorial Boards of the Classics of Sociology Collection and of the R.E.I.S., as well as of other scientific journals such as Family Science, International Journal of Iberian Studies, Rétraite et Societé o Política y Sociedad. She has nearly 200 publications, including books, articles or book chapters. It must be highlighed, among others, Madres que trabajan: dilemas y estrategias (she was awarded the runner-up prize in the Angeles Durán Prize), El cuidado de las personas: un reto para el siglo XXI andLa mirada de género en Sociología.