Miren Gutiérrez Almazor

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Miren Gutiérrez Almazor (Pamplona, 1966) is a Spanish journalist, activist, scholar, and university lecturer. Her research focus has to do with data activism or how people and organizations use data infrastructure, in combination with other technologies, for social change, environmental conservation, and equality.


Graduated in Hispanic Philology, specialized in Linguistics, from the University of Navarra, Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Deusto.[1] She began her career in 1990, in Hong Kong, as a correspondent for the EFE, leading a network of contributors covering Southeast Asia, the Korea peninsula, and the Pacific for the leading Spanish-speaking international news agency. At the end of 1996, she was appointed Editor of the Business section of the Panama newspaper La Prensa, where she wrote and coordinated numerous investigative stories into corruption and irregularities, some with significant environmental and legal consequences.

Due to these investigations and the attacks she suffered in her profession’s exercise, in 2000, the Committee for the Protection of Journalists included her in its report “Attacks against the press.” Former Attorney General José Antonio Sossa filed a criminal complaint for libel against four Prensa journalists in 2000, including business editor Miren Gutierrez, and journalists Monica Palm and Rolando Rodriguez.[2] The complaint cited a series of stories the paper published in 1999 reporting that a drug trafficker had donated to one of Sossa’s political campaigns. In 2004, Sossa also filed a complaint against Eisenmann, who had questioned his work as a public servant. Set in the investigation on the demise of celebrity money-launderer Marc Harris, she wrote a novel titled “La ciudad de las cigarras.”[3]

In 1997, her report “From Uncle Sam to Uncle Chang,” in collaboration with Gustavo Gorriti, won the Journalists Forum Award for Freedom of Expression and Information[4].

In 2003, she was appointed Editorial Director of Inter Press Service (IPS), an international news agency specializing in the environment, human rights, civil society, and development, where she coordinated 420 collaborators in 330 locations around the world.[5]

She has also written for El Mundo (Spain)|El Mundo, El País, The National Archives (United Kingdom)|The Nation, Wall Street Journal Americas, UPI, Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), and Transparency International, among other organizations. She currently writes a column focused on data activism, the environment, and human rights for ElDiario.es|eldiario.es.[6]

In 2010, she was elected executive director of Green Peace Spain, a position she holds until 2011[7]. She then became the Editorial Director of Index on Censorship. And in 2012, she started working for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) of the United Kingdom to become a Research Associate working on big data projects focused on illegal fishing, including one on China’s distant water fishing fleet.[8]

She is a lecturer in the Communication Studies and International Relations programs at the University of Deusto, the Ph.D. in Leisure, Culture and Communication for Human Development Program, and Director of the Postgraduate Program “Data Analysis, Research and Communication” at said university. She has been a guest professor at the University of Tilburg, University of Navarra, University of Amsterdam, University of University of Rome (Sapienza), and the University of Maastricht. She is also a Research Associate at DATACTVIVE[9], University of Amsterdam, from 2016, and at MediaData, Polytechnic University of Valencia.[10]

In 2018 he published Data Activism and Social Change[11], a book recognized by Book Authority as one of the 10 best books published in the field of social activism. In 2020, she has published Activismo de datos y cambio social. Alianzas, mapas, plataformas y acción para un mundo mejor, expanding the exploration of data activism and focusing on cases from the Spanish-speaking world. She is among the first scholars to start examining data activism as a new theory and practice centered in the data infrastructure.[12][13]

She has been interviewed and featured in numerous articles, including at The Guardian, El País, Reuters, EFE, Seafood Source, SciDevNet, Voice of America, Mondiaal Nieuws, Xataka, Big Data & Society, China Dialogue.[14][15]


  • China’s distant-water fishing fleet: scale, impact, and governance[16]
  • Western Africa’s missing fish [17]
  • Zero poverty… think again Impact of climate change on development efforts[18]
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Who Is Who in the Fight against Climate Change’[19]
  • Technopolitics and Big Data Activism[20]
  • The Good, the Bad and the Beauty of Good Enough Data [21]


  1. "Buscador widget * | Base de datos mujeres investigadoras y tecnólogas". cientificas.amit-es.org. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  2. OEA (2009-08-01). "OEA - Organización de los Estados Americanos: Democracia para la paz, la seguridad y el desarrollo". www.oas.org (in español). Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  3. Gutiérrez, Miren (2007). La ciudad de las cigarras (in español). Literaturas Com Libros. ISBN 978-84-611-4629-1.
  4. "La ciudad de las cigarras". Dosdoce.com (in español). 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  5. "Miren Gutierrez - Autores - Página 2 de 4". IPS Agencia de Noticias (in español). Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  6. "Miren Gutiérrez". www.eldiario.es. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  7. "Miren Gutiérrez Almazor, nueva directora ejecutiva de Greenpeace España". Greenpeace España (in español). Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  8. "Search: Miren gutierrez". ODI. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  9. "Miren Gutierrez – DATACTIVE". Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  10. "Mediadata | Espacio de desarrollo e innovación en tecnología cívica". Mediadata (in español). Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  11. Gutiérrez, Miren (2018). Data Activism and Social Change. Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change. Palgrave Pivot. ISBN 978-3-319-78318-5.
  12. "41 Best New Social Activism Books To Read In 2020". BookAuthority. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  13. Activismo de datos y cambio social. Alianzas, mapas, plataformas y acción para un mundo mejorGutiérrez, Miren (in español).
  14. Collyns, Dan (2020-08-25). "'It's terrifying': can anyone stop China's vast armada of fishing boats?". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  15. Win, Thin Lei (2018-05-11). "Data-bait: using tech to hook globe's multi-billion-dollar fishing cheats". Reuters. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  16. "China's distant-water fishing fleet: scale, impact and governance". ODI. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  17. "Western Africa's missing fish: the impacts of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and under-reporting catches by foreign fleets". ODI. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  18. "Zero poverty... think again: the impact of climate change on development efforts". ODI. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  19. Gutierrez, Miren (2016-12-01). "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Who is Who in the Fight Against Climate Change". Development. 59 (3): 195–198. doi:10.1057/s41301-017-0093-x. ISSN 1461-7072.
  20. "Technopolitics in the Age of Big Data". springerprofessional.de. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  21. Gutiérrez, Miren. The Good, the Bad and the Beauty of “Good Enough Data".

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