Xaquín Pérez-Sindín López

Doctor in Sociology from University of A Coruña. Since September 2012, he has served as lecturer in research methods at the Faculty of Economics of Gdansk University of Technology, Poland. He has also conducted seminars on urban and development sociology at the Faculty of Architecture of the same university.

In his doctoral thesis, defended in December 2015, he studied the urban, economic and social changes patterns in a town affected by a coal opencast mine, its consequences in terms of migration, community conflicts and social cohesion. By mean a mixed method approach, he analyzed the discursive construction of the changes occurred to later compare it with the objectivist and quantitative analysis based results. The thesis ambition to contribute both empirically an theoretically to recent debates around megaprojects, understood as those projects that, due to their large scale, have great social, environmental and budgetary impact. With especial attention to those involving important socio-economic and territorial transformations, such as mining and energy related ones.

During the summer 2015, he visited the department of urban and environmental sociology of Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung UFZ , Leipzig, Germany, where he conducted a fieldwork aiming at compare the environmental restoration process that took place in the post-mining region of southern Leipzig and the case studied in his thesis. This fact has motivated his growing interest in the study of environmental restoration process and, particularly, in terms of public participation, social communication and risk management.

Between June 2005 and February 2010 he was involved in approximately twenty social applied research projects in the consulting industry, having conducted fieldwork both in Spain and Portugal. Between March 2010 and May 2011 he worked at the American corporation Thomson Reuters, in Poland, where his research activity focused upon the analysis of the main economic developments in Portuguese speaking countries economies, as well as writing up press headlines in English.


  • Pérez-Sindín López, X. (2016) Data analysis, secondary. [Encyclopedia entry] SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Forthcoming.
  • Abella Vázquez, C., Rodríguez Losada, D., Pérez-Sindín López, X. (2010). “Efectos del cambio de orden de variables y categorías de respuesta en los resultados de una encuesta politíca“. Metodología de Encuestas, 12(1), pp. 7-27. ISSN: 1575-7803.
  • Pérez-Sindín López X. et al. (2008) “Como realizar un studio de Mercado” [How to conduct a market research]. Santiago de Compostela. C.E.E.I GALICIA, S.A. (BIC GALICIA). Legal deposit in progress.
  • Pérez-Sindín López, X (2013) “Estudio de caso sobre los determinantes del capital social en el ámbito local” in Crisis y Cambio: Propuestas desde la Sociologia, vol. 3, pp. 807-815. XI Acts of XI Congreso Español de Sociología. Madrid. ISBN: 978-84-697-0169-0.
  • Pérez-Sindín López, X. (2015). Megaproyectos y comunidad: impacto de un proyecto minero-eléctrico a gran escala desde una perspectiva sociológica. University of A Coruña. A Coruña. RUC. Tesis doctoral. Repositorio da Universidade da Coruña.
  • Pérez-Sindín López, X. (2013) “Unintended consequences of natural resources-based developments”. Sustainable Environments in a Changing Global Context: Identifying Opportunities for the Innovative Spaces and Practices in Contexts of Crisis. Book of Proceedings of IAPS International Network Symposium, A Coruña 25-28 June, pp. 202-204. ISBN 978-84-932694-3-2.
  • Pérez-Sindín López X. (2013). “Mega Mining: Three Decades Later: Evaluating Resilience and Long-term Consequences”. 11th Conference of European Sociological Association (ESA): Crisis, Critique and Change. Torino, Italy, 28 – 31 August 2013.
  • Pérez-Sindín López, X. (2011) “A inmigración na cidade da Coruña. Integración vs. Segregación residencial. Unha análise dos índices de segregación e condicións de habitabilidade”. University of A Coruña. A Coruña. RUC. Repositorio da Universidade da Coruña.
  • Pérez-Sindín López, X. (2011) Mobilidade residencial, determinante da participación comunitaria en Narón? Un estudo desde a perspectiva do capital social”. University of A Coruña. A Coruña. RUC. Repositorio da Universidade da Coruña.
  • Pérez-Sindín López X. (2016) Ignorance and governance of abandoned opencast coal mines. A cross national comparison. Zukunftsregion Mitteldeutschland – Vision 2050. SOMAK 2015. Sommerakademie der Kulturstiftung Hohenmölsen. Forthcoming
  • Pérez-Sindín López X. (2015) Local Social perception of a mining artificial lake in Spain. Conference paper accepted for the 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association 2015. Prague, Czech Republic, 25-28 August 2015.
  • Pérez-Sindín López X. (2015) Estudio de opinión sobre la creación de un lago minero. El caso de As Pontes. University of A Coruña. As Pontes (A Coruña). RUC. Repositorio da Universidade da Coruña.
  • Pérez-Sindín López, X. (2015). De mina a lago. Actores sociales y discurso. El caso de As Pontes (España) y comparación con el caso de Carmaux (Francia). University of A Coruña. As Pontes (A Coruña). RUC. Repositorio da Universidade da Coruña

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