Margalida Mulet Pascual

Department of Social Anthropology, University of Barcelona
ODELA (Observatori de l'Alimentació). Food Observatory


Born in Mallorca, I studied anthropology in Barcelona. For the master's and doctorate I settled in Paris where I was able to deepen in methodological aspects and start my research in Cuba. For this I lived a year and a half in Cuba, three months in Miami and consulted Oscar Lewis' archives in Miami. During my PhD years I collaborated in several projects on Cuba at Queen's University (Canada), University of London (UK) and Oxford University (UK).
I worked on an oral archive project in the city of Melilla, where I was field coordinator with 5 people in my charge.
In 2017 I returned to Barcelona to be the coordinator of the European project "MEDFEST-MED Culinary heritage experiences: how to create sustainable tourist destinations".
In addition, between 2018 and 2019 I taught the subject "History and anthropology of food" at the University of Experience, University of Barcelona. And professor of anthropology at the University of Lleida.
In June 2019 I did a postgraduate course in "Social dynamization and agroecology" and made the technical project of an Agricultural Park in Palma de Mallorca, for the government of the Balearic Islands.


PhD in Sociology/Anthropology.
November 2016.
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris
Under the direction of Pr. Alain Cottereau

Postgraduate course "Social dynamization and agroecology".
June 2019.
Autonomous University of Barcelona (AUB)

Research Master in Anthropology.
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris

Associate’s degree. Latin American International and Intercultural Studies.
Autonomous University of Barcelona (AUB)

B.A. Social and Cultural Anthropology.
Autonomous University of Barcelona (AUB)


Social anthropology, anthropology of food, agroecology, permaculture, rural studies, agrarian studies, food waste, migration, life stories, economic anthropology



Knowledge is at the root of change and transformation. Therefore, one of the specific goals of this project is to collect qualitative and quantitative data on the food itineraries of older people. This data will be used to explore whether they are keeping safe, healthy and culturally acceptable food practices; what their possible needs are; and what impact these needs could have on the food production and distribution chain, as well as on the social, commercial and/or catering services of the places where we carry out the fieldwork. Research questions are organized around three axes: What, How, Why.

Applications Invited


July, 2019, "La « lucha » : la vie à Cuba après l’effondrement soviétique" (Solving. Life in Cuba after the fall of the Soviet Union) in Review "Metro politiques". [Online], URL :

December 2018, « Le gouvernement joue à nous payer et nous jouons à travailler. La nécessité d’un double travail à Cuba, le cas de l’élèvage des porcs à Monte » (The government is playing at paying us and we are playing at working. The need for a double work in Cuba, the case of pig breeding in Monte), in Peter Lang; Alain Cottereau, S.Baciocchi et M.P.Hille (ed.), Le pouvoir des gouvernés, Ethnographies de savoir-faire polítiques sur quatre continents. .

December 2018, “Patrimonio alimentario, turismo y espectáculo. Reflexiones entorno a un proyecto de desarrollo de experiencias turísticas gastronómicas”. (Food heritage, tourism and spectacle. Thoughts on the development of gastro tour experiences.) In “Polisemias de la alimentación”, ODELA; Observatori de l’Alimentació, edicions Universitat de Barcelona.

May 2017, “Alimentación y análisis nutricional en La Habana bajo el prisma de la etnocontabilidad. El caso comparativo de las familias Vázquez y López” (Food and nutritional analysis in Havana under the prism of ethnoaccounting), in Cahiers d’Amérique Latine, Editions de l’IHEAL, n.84, p.125-148.

April 2017, “L’art de la débrouille” dans la Cuba révolutionnaire”, (The art of self-help in the revolutionary Cuba) Review Questions Internationales, Ed. La Documentation française, n.84, p.87-96. Paris.

September 2016, « Le cout d’un cancer à Cuba. « La débrouille » au secours du systeme de santé cubain. Revue des politiques sociales et familiales », (The cost of a cancer in Cuba. Resourcefulness at the Cuban health system) dossier “Joindre les deux bouts. Enquetes d’ethnocomptabilité”. Number 123, . CAF, France.

May 2011, « Les Vázquez : une économie familiale à La Havane » (The Vázquez: a family’s economy in Havana) in Vincent Bloch and Philippe Létrilliart (eds.), Cuba, un régime au quotidien, Choiseul Editions, Paris, p. 63-82.
April 2008, “Bienestar ficticio y malestar real en Cuba. Los Vázquez : Etnografía de una economía familiar en La Habana” (Fictitious well-being and real unease in Cuba. The Vázquez: ethnography of a family’s economy in Havana.), Nuevo Mundo Mundos Nuevos, Cuestiones del tiempo presente, [Online], URL : .


Fellow at the Social Work of La Caixa (Obra Social de La Caixa) in collaboration with the French government for doctoral studies in Paris.


Principal Investigator in the European Project “MEDFEST-MED Culinary heritage experiences: how to create sustainable tourist destinations”. University of Barcelona.
October 2017-October 2019

Ethnographic researcher in the documentary « De la terra a la roca. Matonaires i vides pageses als pobles de Montserrat », (From earth to rock. Cheesemakers and peasant lives in the villages of Montserrat). Reflections on peasant life and food heritage. El Brogit Local Center Studies.
June 2018-Desember 2019

Anthropologist and fieldwork coordinator for a 5 persons team Qualitative research program: interviews and life stories in Melilla, Spain. Project entitled Horizontes biográficos y espacio público en Melilla (Biographical horizons and public space in Melilla), 65% funded by the European Union and 35% Ministry of Social Affairs, Government of Spain.

Industry, Institute, or Organisation Collaboration

Collaborator in the project “New Cuban Diasporas in Canada, Europe and the United States” directed by Catherine Krull (Queen's University, Canada) and Jean Stubbs (University of London, UK). Conducted interviews of Cuban diaspora in Paris.
February 2015

Participant in the project about methodology investigation in social Sciences between EHESS (Paris) and Beijing University (China). The first conference was in Beijing (23-30 September 2013) and the second in Paris (October 2014).

Collaborator in the project "Transnational Lenin: Schooling and the Reproduction of Elites in Socialist Cuba", directed by Professor Mette Louise Berg, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford. Conducted interviews with Cuban alumni from the Lenin School in Havana currently residing in Spain (Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona and Madrid), Miami (USA) and Havana (Cuba). 2012-2013.