Professor of Social Anthropology at the Universidad de Sevilla, he belongs to the Social Research Group on Action and Participation at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide.
. Del Río’s recent research focuses on social movements and, more specifically, on the social movement for recovering historical memory, the subject on which he is preparing his doctoral thesis. He has also published several texts and presented several papers on this subject at scientific conferences. With the multidisciplinary research team Recovering the Memory of Social History of Andalusia, he has prepared the report on the Audiovisual Bank of Social Memory of Andalusia. He is co-author of the following books: El Canal de los Presos (1940-1962). Trabajos forzados: de la represión política a la explotación económica (Ed. Crítica, 2004), the Didactic Guide of Education in Values “Recuperar la Memoria: el Canal de los Presos” (Ayuntamiento de Sevilla, 2005), Andaluces en los campos de Mauthausen (Centro de Estudios Andaluces, 2006), and La recuperación de la memoria histórica: una perspectiva transversal desde las ciencias sociales (Centro de Estudios Andaluces, 2007). He has participated as scientific adviser –archivist and anthropologist- in the documentaries Presos del Silencio (Intermedia Producciones., 2004) and Los Presos del Canal (Nonio Parejo, 2003), among others, and also as scriptwriter in ¿A dónde voy yo? Inquilinos en situación de abuso (Intermedia Producciones, 2008). At present, he is working on a documentary on the deportation of Andalusian republicans to the Nazi extermination camps.
. Del Río was in charge of research in the Association of Historical Memory and Justice of Andalusia from 2004 to 2008. He is also a member of the General Council of the project “Todos los Nombres” and Coordinator of the project “Mapa de Fosas” in the province of Seville, subsidized by the Council of Justice and Public Administration of the Government of Andalusia. At the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, he was coordinator and professor of the Specialized Training Course Recovering Social Memory: A Transversal Perspective from the Social Sciences during the academic years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006.
2008, he has been the Andalusian delegate of the Amical of Mauthausen and Other Camps and of All the Victims of Nazism in Spain, an entity founded by the Spanish survivors of the French extermination camps in 1962.