esteban romero frias- eHumanities group visitor March 2014


Departamento de Economía Financiera y Contabilidad
Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales
Universidad de Granada
Campus Universitario de Cartuja, s/n
C.P. 18071 Granada (España)

Esteban Romero-Frías

Assistant Professor at the Department of Finance and Accounting at the University of Granada

Visitor eHumanities Group  9-14 March 2014

Esteban Romero-Frías ( is Assistant Professor at the Department of Finance and Accounting at the University of Granada (Spain). He carries out research in three main fields: (1) the application of Webometric techniques to social sciences, (2) the impact of Social Web in higher education (including Personal Learning Environments & MOOCs), and (3) digital cultures in higher education, particularly within the frame of Digital Humanities and Social Sciences.

From 1997 to 1999, he studied Humanities (Spanish Language and Literature) at the University of Granada (Spain). Following these studies, he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. In 2004, he moved to the University of Valencia (Spain) to undertake his doctoral courses at the most reputed department of Accounting in Spain. In 2007, his interest for international organizations and politics led him to the European Commission in Brussels (Belgium), for a 6-month traineeship. At that time, he could observe first-hand the impact of the emergence of Web 2.0 with many different cultures and traditions increasingly interacting, through digital media, in a complex decision-making process that was very relevant in political, economic and social terms. After this experience he decided to adopt e-research methods to research the complexity of networked economy and politics.

In 2010 he achieved his doctorate from the University of Granada, with a thesis entitled “A Webometric Approach to Business Studies”, that was supervised by professor Liwen Vaughan from the University of Western Ontario (Canada).

He visited different research centers in Canada (University of Western Ontario, 2009), United Kingdom (Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group at University of Wolverhampton, 2009), The Netherlands (Virtual Knowledge Studio in Amsterdam, 2010), France (Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire at Université Paris Descartes, 2011) and Mexico (Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, 2012/13),

Since 2011 he coordinates GrinUGR – Collaboratory for digital cultures in social sciences and humanities, at the University of Granada. In 2013, he was the main researcher on a project entitled “Digital Social Science and Humanities: cases, management and business models” funded by the Campus de Excelencia Internacional BioTic Granada (CEIBioTic Granada). In December 2013 he organised THATCamp UGR 2013.

Currently he is focused on studying digital cultures in Humanities and Social Sciences.

A list of journal papers and conference papers, among other activities can be consulted at:

Research interests

  • Digital cultures in Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Technology acceptance models in education
  • Webometrics
  • Social media
  • e-Learning

Selected Publications

  • VAUGHAN, L. & ROMERO-FRÍAS, E. (2013). “Web Search Volume as a Predictor of Academic Fame: An Exploration of Google Trends”. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.
  • ARQUERO-MONTAÑO, J.L. & ROMERO-FRÍAS, E. (2013). “Using Social Network Sites in Higher Education: an Experience in Business Studies”. Innovations in Education & Teaching International, 50(3): 238-249.
  • ARQUERO-MONTAÑO, J.L. & ROMERO-FRÍAS, E. (2103). “A view on Personal Learning Environments through approaches to learning”. INNOQUAL – International Journal for Innovation and Quality in Learning, 1(1): 29-36.
  • ROMERO-FRÍAS, E. & VAUGHAN, L. (2012). “Exploring the Relationships between Media and Political Parties through Web Hyperlink Analysis: the Case of Spain”. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63(5): 967-976.
  • VAUGHAN, L. & ROMERO-FRÍAS, E. (2012). “Exploring Web Keyword Analysis as an Alternative to Link Analysis: A Multi-industry Case”. Scientometrics, 93 (1): 217-232.
  • ROMERO-FRÍAS, E. & VAUGHAN, L. (2010). “European Political Trends Viewed Through Patterns of Web Linking”. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 61(10): 2109-2121.
  • VAUGHAN, L. & ROMERO-FRÍAS, E. (2010). “Web hyperlink patterns and the financial variables of the global banking industry”. Journal of Information Science, 36(4): 530–541.
  • ROMERO-FRÍAS, E. & VAUGHAN, L. (2010) “Patterns of Web Linking to Heterogeneous Groups of Companies: The Case of Stock Exchange Indexes”. Aslib Proceedings, 62(2): 144-164.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Founder and coordinator of “GrinUGR – Collaboratory for digital cultures in social sciences and humanities” (, at the University of Granada

Contact by email

1 + 1 = ?