Esther Oliver is professor of Sociology at the University of Barcelona. Former Ramon y Cajal Research Chair at the University of Barcelona and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Warwick.

She was member of the research team of INCLUD-ED. Her research on preventive socialization of gender violence has been published in British Journal of Sociology of Education and Qualitative Inquiry, among other top ranked peer reviewed journals. Her research on gender studies and “mirage of upward mobility” has influenced key grassroots actions in Spain for the prevention of gender violence among adolescents (see and the inclusion of the case of sporadic relationships in the Catalan legislation against gender violence (April 2008).