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Esteban Romero-Frías

From 1997 to 1999, I studied Humanities at the University of Granada (Spain). Following these studies, I graduated with a degree in Business Administration. This combination of fields in my academic education made me believe that interdisciplinarity is a fundamental perspective needed to understand our society. In 2004, I moved to the University of Valencia to undertake my doctoral courses at the most reputed department of Accounting in Spain. In 2007, my interest for international organizations and politics led me to the European Commission in Brussels (Belgium), for a 6-month traineeship. At that time, I was able to observe first-hand the impact of the emergence of Web 2.0. From this international perspective, I observed many different cultures and traditions increasingly interacting, through digital media, in a complex decision-making process and with high political and economic significance. After this experience I decided to adopt e-research methods to research the complexity of networked economy and politics. I strongly believe that we are amidst a historical turning point due to the emergence of social digital media.

The Internet as an enormous database ready to be exploited was the idea that inspired my PhD research. I committed myself to visit some of the most relevant interdisciplinary research centers and scholars: (1) January and February 2009, University of Western Ontario (Canada), invited by professor Liwen Vaughan; (2) from October to December 2009, Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group at University of Wolverhampton (United Kingdom, invited by Professor Michael Thelwall; (3) from September to December 2010, the Virtual Knowledge Studio (VKS) in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), invited by Andrea Scharnhorst; (4) from September to December 2011, the Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire (CRI) at Université Paris Descartes in Paris, invited by François Taddei (director of the PhD program).

Currently, I hold a permanent position at the Department of Finance and Accounting at the University of Granada, I carry out research in two main fields: (1) the application of Webometric techniques to business and political parties, and (2) the impact of social Web in higher education. A list of journal papers and conference papers, among other activities can be consulted at: http://estebanromero.com/cv-english/