I graduated in Political Sciences and Sociology by the University of Granada in 2002 and obtained my PhD in Sociology at the UNED in 2007. My scientific research started in 2002 with a scholarship linked to research projects of Rural Sociology at the Institute for Advanced Social Studies (IESA-CSIC). During that time, I obtained my PhD thanks to a competitive PhD scholarship.
From 2008 I am currently a full professor in the Department of Sociology of the University Pablo de Olavide (Seville, Spain). An active component of my activities has been the research on the social aspects of the sport. I am the academic director of the MSc in Social Research Applied to the Sport and Recently, I head the Chair of Social Research Applied to Sports in Andalucia. In the area of the social aspects of sports, I have been the Secretary of the Spanish Association of Social Research applied to Sports and the President of the Committee for Research in Sport Sociology of the Spanish Federation of Sociology. During this time, I have been the scientific director of the International Sociological Sport Observatory (ISSO) in Barcelona.
Regarding academic and scientific management, I have had different management roles as Deputy Dean (Vicedecano de Prácticas y Empleabilidad) and academic director of the degrees of Sociology and Politics in the Faculty of Social Sciencies of the University Pablo Olavide in Seville, Spain.
During recent years, I have been elected member of the Parliament of Andalucia (X and XI terms), acting as spokesman of the Commission of Universities, Research, Tourism and Sport, apart from General Secretary of a Parliamentary Group.
At the moment I am a professor in the department of social sciences at the University of Córdoba.