Lola Casal Sanchez
First Name: Lola
Surname: Casal-Sanchez
Position: Early Stage Researcher
Telephone: +34 669215995
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Lola is an Early-Stage Researcher and a PhD. student at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Robert Gordon University (RGU) in the United Kingdom within the Marie Skodowska-Curie Actions ITN EuroAgeism.

She received her MSW from the New York University and attained her Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Social Work at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

She has more than 15 years’ experience working on the fields of ageing and migration for government and non-government organizations in different countries, including Spain, Portugal, The United Kingdom, the United States and The Netherlands.

Lola is the Chair of the European network of Intercultural Care (ENIEC) and the founder of AGEvida. These two organisations focus on social-political issues that affect older migrants who confront cultural integration process and face discriminatory situations to access to social and health services.

Prior to joining the doctoral program, she worked as the International Relationship Manager at the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW).

Academic Background

  • MSW. Concentration in Social Welfare Programs and Policies. New York University. 2009
  • Diploma of University Expert in Assessment, Planning and Supervision of Social Policies. National Distance Education University. 2006
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology University of A Coruña. 2003
  • Diploma in Human Resources and Staff Management. Galician Chamber of Commerce. Institute of Education. 2000
  • Certificate of Pedagogy. Major in Socio-Cultural Services and Community Development. University of Santiago de Compostela. 1999
  • Bachelor of Art in Social Work. University of Santiago de Compostela. 1998

Research Interests

  • Ageing health and well-being
  • Diversity
  • Migration and ethnic minorities
  • Discrimination in health and social care

Current Research

Diversity in the health care sector


  • Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Actions ITN EuroAgeism
  • Pedro Barrié de la Maza Grant, 2007-2009

Professional Memberships

  • Chair, European Network of Intercultural Elderly Care (ENIEC)
  • Member, Galician Professional Association of Social Workers


CASAL-SANCHEZ, M., 2019. Aging migrants in a global world. In: R. STARK, ed. Social work beyond borders: the importance of relationships. [online]. Switzerland: International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), pp.65-73. Available from: [Accessed 7 July 2020].

CASAL-SANCHEZ, M., 2018. Aging and sustainability. In: M. POWERS AND M. RINKEL, eds. Social work promoting community and environmental sustainability. Volume 2. [online]. Switzerland: International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW). Available from: [Accessed 7 July 2020].

CASAL-SANCHEZ, M., 2017. Spain – Lourde Gandia: interviewed by Lola Casal-Sanchez. In: S. Berdai, W. Gronthoud, I. de Kam and Y. Witter, eds. From home to home, guided by older migrants in Europe. The Netherlands: European Network on Intercultural Elderly Care (ENIEC).

CASAL-SANCHEZ, M., 2017. Social and environmental sustainability as ethical values to guide social work. In:  M. POWERS and M. RINKEL, eds. Social work promoting community and environmental sustainability. Volume 1. [online]. Switzerland: International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW). Available from: [Accessed 7 July 2020].

CASAL-SANCHEZ, L., 2017. Social services and data bases: looking for evidence-based practice. (Servicios sociales y bases de datos: buscando prácticas basadas en la evidencia). In: A. ALMARCHA BARBADO and L. ROMÁN MASEDO, eds. Donde la Sociología te lleve. Miscelánea en torno a la figura de Benjamín González Rodríguez. A Coruña: Universidade da Coruña.

CASAL SÁNCHEZ, L., 2015. What the elderly consider important. (Wat ouderen belangrijk vinden.) (Qué consideran importante los mayores). Gerón, 17, pp. 46-47.

CASAL-SANCHEZ, M., 2006. Social programs for Galician emigrants living abroad. Emigration y Return Symposium. March 2006. Luis Vives Foundation, ed.

ALMARCHA A., CRISTÓBAL P. and CASAL-SANCHEZ M., 2006. Immigration, aging population and job market. Conferences of Cathedra Jorge Juan, 2002-2003. Lens Tuero A. (ed.) pp. 45-76.

MARTÍN PALMERO, F. & ASSOCIATES, 2004. Ecologic Track of Galicia. Sustainable development and ecological print: an application to the case of Galicia. La Coruna University, ed. pp. 69-98.