Ester Villalonga-Olives is a Social Epidemiologist. She is a Sociologist and PhD in Biomedicine and has studied and performed her research in Spain, Italy, Germany, the UK and the US. She has served non-governmental organizations in India and Cuba. She is a research scientist of the Department of Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology, at the University Medical Center of the Georg-August-University of Goettingen (Germany), and a research fellow of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (US).
Her research interests are related to the study of social capital, perceived health of children, perceived health of migrant people, health inequalities in vulnerable groups, and the use of techniques such as structural equation modelling. Some of the articles that are part of her dissertation in Biomedicine have received young investigator awards at international conferences. She has also been a member of scientific and organizing committees at several international events. In 2013, she received an Award of Excellence from the International Society for Quality of Life Research in recognition of superior achievements for her work related to perceived health in migrant children. She is the Past President of the European Young Epidemiologists group (2010-2014). She is currently the Principal Investigator of a study developed at Harvard that aims to measure bridging social capital in immigrants. She is currently the European delegate of the Early Carreer Epidemiologist worldwide group and a member of the International Epidemiology Association board.