Rodriguez, Andrea


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Dr Andrea Rodriguez currently is a Senior Research Fellow at School of Dentistry, University of Dundee. She has over 15 years of direct experience in community work in Brazil, mostly in the fields of Human Rights, Youth and Professional Development. She has 17 years of research experience in the field of professional practice, community development, social representations of marginalized groups, violation of children and adolescents’ rights, health promotion and homelessness.

Andrea’s teaching experiences combine research and practice to inform the training of students at UG and PG level, practitioners, and policymakers. She has also experience with PhD supervision.


Higher Education

 2007-2011          PhD in Social Psychology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Research program: Psycho-social and Collective Processes. Human Rights, Youth and Professional Practices. Thesis: Labyrinths of drug trafficking: lives, practices and interventions. In search for ways out. UFRJ, 2011, 303p.


 1999-2001          Master’s in Psycho-sociology of Communities, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 Research program: Communities, Development, Environment and Social Inclusion. Dissertation: Analysis of the Life Course of Community Leaders: An Existential Approach. UFRJ / EICOS Program, 2001, 219p.


 1997 -2000         Post-graduate in Theory and Professional Practice in the Existential Psychotherapy Approach (360 hours with 200 hours of practice.)

Dissertation: Life trajectories of children in poverty. Rio de Janeiro, 2000, 46p.


1992-1998          Degree in Psychology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Monography: Domestic violence against children and adolescents. UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, 92p.




Research Grant. Project title: “Mapping the aspects of oral health, health and psychosocial needs of homeless youth in Brazil: exploring experiences and policy learning for vulnerable youth affected by homelessness”.

Grant holder: Dr Andrea Rodriguez (PI), Ruth Freeman (Co-I)

Sponsor: Grant UoD Internal Mobility Award, Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF).

Period of the grant (with dates): March to Nov/2019

Value of grant: 7,315.00


Research Grant. Project title: Health and Social Care of People Experiencing Homelessness, dialogues between Brazil and Scotland.

Grant holder: Dr Nilza Rogeria Nunes (PI) and Andrea Rodriguez (Co-I)

Sponsor: PUC-Rio University, Brazil (Edital IEAHu )

Period: June to Nov/2019.

Value of Grant: R$ 10,000 (Real), aproximated £3.000


Research Grant. Project title: Helping Young People Feel at Home in Scotland: Building Collaborative and Integrated Services for Youth Homeless through a Reflexive Mapping Approach for Health and Social Care Integration.

Grant holder: Dr Andrea Rodriguez (PI), Ruth Freeman and Gerry Humphris (Co-I) 

Sponsor: Scottish University Insight Institute (SUII)

Period of the grant: 20th March to 15th Nov 2019

Value of grant: 17, 915.00

Available from:


  • Research Grant.
  • Project Title: ‘Making "Masculine" Pettah (Sri Lanka) More Inclusive: Familiarisation of Spaces by Women and Gender-nonconforming Persons to Reduce Inequalities and Promote Good Health and Wellbeing’.
  • PhD Scholarship (Kaushalya Herath). Period 2019-2022.
  • Sponsor:GCRF/SFC.
  • Grant Holders:Prof Fiona Kumari Campbell (PI), Andrea Rodriguez (Co-I).  
  • Value of the Grant: £ 105,430 


  • Research Grant
  • Project title: A Comparative Critical Policy Analysis on the Right to Health – ‘National Health Systems from a Comparative Perspective: studies of local, regional and participatory management’
  • Grant holders: Dr Fernando Fernandes (PI), Dr Ann Swinney (co-I), Andrea Rodriguez (Co-I) and Prof Ruth Freeman (Co-I)
  • Sponsor: Oswaldo Cruz Foundation/FIOTEC
  • Period of the Grant: Sep 2017 to Dec 2019
  • Value of the grant: £ 19,113 

External positions

Associate Researcher, Observatório de Favelas

1 Oct 2009 → …


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