2019 Doctor of Creative Arts by Research, University of Technology Sydney.
2012 Masters Media Arts and Production, University of Technology Sydney
Natalia teaches Spanish language and Spanish cultural studies. Her interdisciplinary and research draws from fields in the Humanities and the Social Sciences and focuses on Spanish migration to and from Australia. She is particularly interested in analysing issues of identity formation, different forms of constructing a sense of belonging while living in a foreign country, intergenerational issues pertaining immigrant families, as well as questions around migrants’ memory, emotions, and affects
Her background as a filmmaker has led her to become increasingly interested in forms of storytelling that interrogate assumptions about identity formation, community building, and feelings of belonging. Her first short film MEMORY won best film at the Victoria Multicultural Film Festival (2019) and is part of the TRAVELLING ROADSHOW SERIES ‘Zooming Out’, which tours multicultural films to regional Victorian. Memory has been screened internationally. Her latest work Home Sweet Home contains a collection of short documentaries presenting the different layers of Spanish migration narratives in relation to isolation, identity construction, the meaning of home, the complexities of returns and remigration, distance, nostalgia, and familial and generational differences. This research work has been published as part of the Europeana Collections on migration.
Currently, Natalia is co-directing and co-producing a feature documentary, The brides' flight (Spain, Australia) produced with the support of RTVE-Radio y Televisión Española, Destino Films, and Desenfoque Post Producciones Digitales S.L.
She is the Director and Founder of SCHAA- The Spanish Cultural Heritage Association of Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the preservation of the Spanish cultural heritage in Australia, by encouraging research, cultural events, and the social enjoyment of cultural resources. SCHAA is supported by the Ministry of Migration (Spain), the Embassy of Spain in Canberra, and City of Sydney.
In 2009 Natalia was bestowed with the Order of Isabell the Catholic (Spain) for her outstanding contribution to the dissemination and promotion of Spanish Culture in Australia.
2019 Winner, Best Film (Under 25 Category), Victoria Multicultural Film Festival.
2019 Winner, FASS Learning & Teaching Award in the Casual Academic Teaching category, UTS
2015, Nominee, The Medal of Honour of Emigration (Embassy of Spain, Canberra).
2014, Nominee, Outstanding Hispanic Woman Achiever, AHWBN (Australia).
2009, Winner, the Order of Isabella the Catholic (Spain).
Research Grant, Spanish Migration Ministry (Spain)
Learning & Teaching Grant, UTS.
Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship, UTS.
Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Research Grant, UTS.
Casual Academic Development Grant, UTS.
EF Career Development Funding, UNSW