Diana E Valero


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Research expertise

  • Interdisciplinary social sciences background.
  • Experienced working on research projects on social issues –poverty, social exclusion, gender issues, social innovation- in rural areas; particular interest in policy and politics.
  • Conducted doctoral research on social policies and local politics in rural areas of Spain.
  • Has worked on research projects on the effects of the crisis and the development of social exclusion in rural Spain involving the development of case studies and in-depth interviews.
  • Experienced in designing and conducting QCA analysis in qualitative comparative research.
  • Experienced in designing and conducting qualitative research with stakeholders on local and international research projects using workshops and interviews.
  • Awarded for research dissertations on rural issues: ‘Prospective Research’ prize (2009) by  AVAP (Valencia regional agency for policy evaluation and prospective); and ‘Introduction to Research Jose Maria Bernabe’ prize (2008) by the University of Valencia. 

Academic Qualifications

  • 2016 - PhD in Local Development and International Cooperation. University of Valencia.
  • 2013 - Postgraduate Diploma in International Comparative Rural Policies Studies, Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • 2008 - Master's Degree in Management and Promotion of Local Development, University of Valencia
  • 2007 - BA in Political Science and Administration, University of Valencia
  • 2005 - Diploma in Public Administration and Management, University Jaume I

Teaching expertise

Teaching experience at Graduate level:

  • Module Ideologies and Social Welfare, Degree in Social Work. Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Valencia. Years: 2013-2014, and 2014-2015.

Teaching experience at Postgraduate level:

  • Module Introduction to Research, Master's Degree in Management and Promotion of Local Development. Inter-University Institute for Local Development, University of Valencia. Years: 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

Innovation projects:

  • 'Development of interdisciplinary rubrics for the formative evaluation of final projects of the Master's on Local Development'. Project Leader: Dr. Jaime Escribano Pizarro. Master's Degree in Management and Promotion of Local Development. Inter-University Institute for Local Development, University of Valencia. Year: 2014-2015 
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    Interdisciplinariedad en la innovación social frente a la despoblación rural

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    Innovación social en ganadería ecológica para revitalizar el medio rural

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Frequent Journals

  1. Sociologia e Politiche Sociali

    ISSNs: 1591-2027


  2. Documents d'Anàlisi Geogràfica

    ISSNs: 2014-4512

    University (Autònoma ) of Barcelona / University of Girona, Spain

    Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.58 SJR 0.211 SNIP 0.531


  3. Forest Policy and Economics

    ISSNs: 1389-9341


    Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.13 SJR 1.329 SNIP 1.264


  4. AE. Revista Agroecológica de Divulgación

    ISSNs: 2172-3117


    Journal: Specialist publication

  5. Al-Basit Revista de Estudios Albacetenses

    ISSNs: 0212-8632

    Instituto de Estudios Albacetenses "Don Juan Manuel" , Spain


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