Gabriela Ibarra is a Research Assistant in the MIGPROSP project since February 2016. Trained as an architect, Gabriela practised in the design and construction field in Mexico City before migrating to the research and social sciences realm, with particular interest in the social consequences of architecture on the everyday lives of people, in inter- and trans-disciplinary research, and in qualitative analysis and mixed methods.
She obtained her master’s degree in 2011 in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (USP), at the University of Sheffield, where she also developed her doctoral research “The meaning of ‘social’ in Mexican social housing”. Her PhD, completed in 2016, explored the planning, production and habitation stages of housing from a physical, institutional, and experiential perspective, achieving a comprehensive and holistic qualitative analysis of the social housing process in Mexico.
From 2013 to 2016, she collaborated on doctoral training programs in qualitative research methods for the Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences, at the University of Sheffield. As well, she collaborated as a graduate teaching assistant on modules related to urban design and analysis for undergraduate and postgraduate level at USP, and co-founded the USP departmental blog FOReTHOUGHT, where she also contributed.