Asun López-Varela is Associate Professor at Facultad Filología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid since 1994. She holds a PhD Anglo-American Culture and Literary Studies, a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Spanish Literature from UNED, and a Master in Education Management from the Open University London. Her research interests are Comparative and World Literature, Cultural and Education Studies, as well as Cognitive and Intermedial Semiotics.
In 2007 she created the research program Studies on Intermediality and Intercultural Mediation SIIM, which has received funding from various sources (please visit website for further information).
A proactive member of the profession, currently, López-Varela is Deputy Head of the Department of English Studies, President of the European Society of Comparative Literature (helping keep its webpage as well as its FB page with almost 4000 followers) She is also in the Executive Committee of the Association of Alumni of the Real Colegio Complutense in Harvard University and a member of the Marie Curie Alumni Association MCAA. In 2017 and 2018 she has been a member of the jury for MCAA Awards Within MCAA, she is a member of The Grants and Awards WG, which recognises the research initatives of MCAA members and provides financial support, as well as MCAA Policy Group and the Gender Equality for Mobile Researchers in Science (GEMS), and Bridging Bussiness and Science. She also colaborates with the Marie Curie Program of the European Office of the Fundación Española de Ciencia y Tecnología FECYT and the Agencia Andaluza del conocimiento on Horizon 2020. With training on Research Integrity (2017-18) by Epigeum Oxford University Press, she also collaborates in RRI Responsible Research and Innovation (may 2017 - April 2021) Funded by Horizon 2020 (European Commission).
López-Varela serves as external evaluator for the EU Educational, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency EACEA (2013), the European Union Research Program Horizon 2020 (Reflecive Societies 2016), and MSCA Marie Sklodowska-Curie (2014-2015), Evaluator of Trinity College Long Room Hub MSCA COFUND fellowship programme for the Arts and Humanities 2016 ; She is also evaluator for the scheme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) & for the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD P.R.I.M.E. Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience as well as external evaluator of the postgraduate programs of Comparative Literature at Dublin City University and the Institute for Intermedial Studies at Linnaeus University. López-Varela has collaborated as recruitment advisor with the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia UNED & the Department of Romance Studies Harvard University.
As part of Marie Curie Alumni Association MCAA, she has received several microgrants to attend various events related to the EU Commission. She is very grateful for MCAA support to pursue all the courses on Research Integrity (2017-18) organized by Epigeum Oxford University Press which she passed with 90% scores. She also received MSCA support to pursue courses (2017-18) from the European Patent Office which she passed also with 90% scores.
López-Varela was visiting scholar at Brown University (2010) and Harvard University (2013) and visiting professor at Delhi University (2011), Beijng Language and Culture University (one month every year between 2012 and 2015, collaborating in a research project), Kazakh National University, Almaty (one month each year 2013, 2014, 2018). Tamkang University, Taipei & Sun Jat Sen Univ. Kaohsiung (2014-2015). She is a honorary member of the Poetry Award Committee of Beijing Literature and ArtNetwork.
She also collaborates with other research groups such as Mitocriticism Research Group at Complutense Madrid and Semiótica Comunicación y Cultura
Lopez-Varela is keen in giving international visibility to research by colleagues and younger peers, and her editorial activities are a clear sign in this direction. She is Editor International Journal of the Humanities SJR Rank (Commonground Publishing member of Learned and Professional Society Publishers) International Editor of the Journal Comparative Literature and Aesthetics and collaborator in the InTech Open Access series of the European Union Open Aire project.
Prof. López-Varela is Editorial Board Member and Scientific advisor in journals such as: CLCWeb Comparative Literature and Culture , 1616 Anuario de la Sociedad Española de Literatura General y Comparada. deSignis Journal of the Federación Latinoamericana de Semiótica (FELS) Cultura: International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology International Journal of Transmedia Literacy Southern Semiotic Review, HyperCultura Journal Hyperion University (Bucharest) "Studii şi cercetări ştiinţifice. Seria filologie (SCS)" (ISSN 1224-841X) of University "Vasile Alecsandri" and the Cypriot Journal of Educational Sciences CJES at World Education Center. She is also a reviewer at the Arab Journal for the Humanities AJH, Academid Publication Council, University of Kuwait , the Journal of Language Studies of the University Kabengsaan Malaysia and the Journal of English Literature and Cultural Studies of the Eurasian Applied Linguistics Society.