Antonio López-Peláez

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Antonio López-Peláez
Visiting Scholar
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Western Michigan University
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Antonio López-Peláez is a Full Professor of Social Work and Social Services at the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Law, in Spain’s National University for Distance Education (UNED), the largest Public University in the country (  He holds a PhD in Philosophy and Sociology. His research interests include:  analysis of social problems, methods of social intervention, and intersections of new technologies and social work. He is director of Comunitania: International Journal of Social Work and Social Sciences ( and member of the editorial board of prestigious journals in his field of research. He has numerous publications in prestigious academic publishers such as Oxford University Press, Springer, Thomson/Reuters-Aranzadi, Tecnos, Espasa, Alianza Editorial, etc.  He has published articles in international scientific journals such as: Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice, International Journal of Social Welfare, Social Security Studies, Social Epistemology, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, The IPTS Report, Revista Internacional de Sociología, Sociología del Trabajo, Sistema, and Arbor. He has directed doctoral dissertations and research projects with public funding from both Spanish and European institutions. He is principal investigator of the Research Group Koinonía, an interdisciplinary research team on Social Work and Social Services, Social Sciences, History and Law ( He is a spokesman for all Full Professors at UNED’s Senate (2010-2014/2014-2018). Outside the academic world, he is a contributing member of the Abracadabra Foundation: Solidarity Magicians. 

Dr. López-Peláez scholarly productivity includes more than 100 publications.  His last three publications are:

Del Fresno, M., López-Peláez, A. 2014. Social work and Netnography: The case of Spain and generic drugs. Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice 13, (1) 85-107.

Segado Sánchez-Cabezudo, S., López-Peláez, A. 2014. Social work with middle-class Spanish families: The challenge of the work–family conflict. International Journal of Social Welfare 23, 100-111.

López-Peláez, A. (ed.) 2014. The robotics divide. A new frontier in the XXI century? New York: Springer-Verlag.