Lucía Estevan Reina


I am postdoctoral researcher in the Psychology Department of the University of Almería, where I am part of a research project that analyzes employment discrimination against women and ethnic minorities (eg. Moroccans).  I did my doctoral thesis on the role of men as allies against sexism. My main research interests revolve around the analysis of intergroup relations and social change (confrontation, collective action, alliances), paying special attention to the motivational mechanisms that lead members of advantaged groups to get involved in the fight against inequality (distinguishing between those driven by a real commitment to social justice – equality – and those that contribute to perpetuating the status quo – paternalism) and the impact that such involvement has on disadvantaged groups and on the relationship between both groups (alliance processes).

In addition, I am also interested in the processes of intraminorary solidarity (e.g. alliances between feminist women and LGTBIQ+ people, or migrant and/or racialized people) as well as in an analysis of intergroup relations that takes into account an intersectional perspective. I have done research stays at the University of Osnabrück (Germany).

Main interests

  • Intergroup alliances from the perspective of members of advantaged groups (e.g. men): analysis of motivational processes that lead to involvement in social change.
  • Intergroup alliances from the perspective of members of disadvantaged groups (e.g. women): emotions, empowerment, social change and perception of allies.
  • Processes of struggle against inequality: collective confrontation and action.
  • Analysis of the limits of paternalism in the context of intergroup relationships that seek to promote social change.
  • Intersectionalities and intraminorary solidarity


Training and professional career

2021 - nowadays

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Almería


Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Granada


PhD in Psychology

University of Granada


Master in Psychology of Social Intervention

University ofGranada


Degree of Psychology

University of Granada



del Fresno-Díaz, A., Estevan-Reina, L., Sánchez-Rodríguez, A., Willis, G. B. (2022). Fighting inequalities in times of pandemic: The role of politicized identities and interdependent self-construal in coping with economic threat. Journal of Community and Applied Psychology.


de Lemus, S., & Estevan-Reina, L. (2021). Influence of sexist language on motivation and feelings of ostracism. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 36(1), 61–97.

Estevan-Reina, L., de Lemus, S., Megias, J. L., Kutlaca, M., Belmonte-Garcia, M., & Becker, J. (2021). Allies Against Sexism: The Impact of Men’s Egalitarian Versus Paternalistic Confrontation on Women’s Empowerment and Well-Being. SEX ROLES, 84(9–10), 536–553.


Estevan-Reina, L., de Lemus, S., & Megias, J. L. (2020). Feminist or Paternalistic: Understanding Men’s Motivations to Confront Sexism. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 10.


Navarro-Mantas, L; Estevan-Reina, L; de Lemus, S. 2018. Importancia del lenguaje inclusivo en la intervención para la reducción del sexismo. De la igualdad de género a la igualdad sexual y de género. (Coordinadores/as: Venegas, M., Chacón-Gordillo, P., y Fernández-Castilo, A.). Dykinson. pp.115-129.



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