Skip to navigation Skip to content

Diana Valero

Staff picture: Diana Valero
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
MDT Fellow in Rural Water Security
diana.valero@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Diana Valero is a social scientist working as MDT Fellow in Rural Water Security working in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) research group at the James Hutton Institute.

Her educational background is in political science, local development and rural policy.

Prior to joining The James Hutton Institute she carried out postdoc research at the University of Stirling and in the Centre for Mountian Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands. Diana earned her PhD from the University of Valencia in Spain.

Current research interests

With a strong focus on social justice, her research investigates social change and sustainable development in rural communities in order to inform theories of rurality and contribute to the development of a fairer society in the light of the pressing societal challenges. She focuses on understanding the drivers of cooperation, innovation, conflicts and inequalities in rural areas and their links with social cohesion and positive social change.

As MDT Fellow, her work is focused on the understanding water security challenges in Scotland and the potential for community action and social innovation for overcoming them.

Her key research interests include:

  • Social innovation
  • Social justice and inequalities
  • Narratives of rurality
  • Socio-environmental conflicts
  • Water security

Diana is experienced in qualitative and quantitative research methods, with a strong focus on participatory methods and working creatively with stakeholders. She is experienced in implementing a variety of research tools including:

  • In-depth interviews and focus groups
  • Participatory workshops
  • Surveys
  • Behavioural games-based research
  • Narrative Analysis
  • Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Past research

Diana’s PhD and pre-doctoral research investigated social exclusion in rural areas in Spain and the local policies that were in place to address it.

Before joining Hutton she worked as a postdoc on several international projects exploring different aspects of sustainable rural development such as social innovation (Horizon 2020 SIMRA- ‘Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas’), ecotourism and stakeholder engagement (Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme SHAPE- ‘Sustainable Heritage Areas: Partnerships for Ecotourism’), production and provision of renewable energy (ESPON 2020 BRIDGES –‘Balanced Regional Development in Territories with Geographical Specificities’), and land management decisions in (Newton funded project ENDORSE ‘Enhancing Diversity to Overcome Resistance Evolution’).

Bibliography

  • Kluvánková, T.; Nijnik, M.; Miller, D.R.; Spacek, M.; Perlik, M.; Lukesch, R.; Valero, D.; Brnkalakova, S.; Bryce, R. (2020) SIMRA D2 3 Operationalization of stakeholder engagement: a guide., Deliverable D2.3, Report to the European Union, Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA), 53pp.
  • López-Francos, A.; Aguinaco, M.; López Marco, L.; Cerezo, M.; Secco, L.; Da Re, R.; Miller, D.R.; Blackett, S.; Bryce, R.; Dijkshoorn-Dekker, M.; Górriz-Mifsud, E.; Ludvig, A.; Lukesch, R.; Marini Govigli, V.; Pisani, E.; Plana, S.; Rogelja, T.; Sfeir, P.; Slee, B.; Valero, D.; Vicentini, K. (2020) Deliverable 7.5: Report of the Training Course, Including the E-learning Version. Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA)., Report to the European Commission, H2020 SIMRA, Grant Agreement No. 677622, 56pp.
  • Kluvánková, T.; Brnkal'áková. S.; Spacek, M.; Slee, R.; Nijnik, M.; Valero, D.; Miller, D.R.; Bryce, R.; Kozová, M.; Polman, N.; Szabo, T.; Gezik, V. (2018) Understanding social innovation for the well-being of forest-dependent communities: a preliminary theoretical framework., Forest Policy and Economics, 97, 163-174.
  • Kluvánková, T.; Gezik, V.; Spacek, M.; Brnkaláková, S.; Valero, D.; Bryce, R.; Slee, W.; Alkhaled, D.; Secco, L.; Burlando, C.; Kozova, M.; Miller, D.R.; Nijnik, M.; Perlik, M.; Pisani, E.; Polman, N.; Price, M.; Sarkii, S.; Weiss, G. (2017) Transdisciplinary understanding of SI in MRAs., Deliverable 2.2, Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA), Report to the European Commission, James Hutton Institute, 58pp.
  • Barlagne, C.; Bryce, R.; Valero, D.; Price, M.; Mosdale, L.; Clotteau, M.; Miller, D.R.; Nijnik, M. (2017) Ethical approvals for research with human participants in the SIMRA Project, Deliverable 9.5., Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA), Report to the European Commission, James Hutton Institute, 29pp.

  • Kluvánková, T.; Nijnik, M.; Miller, D.R.; Spacek, M.; Perlik, M.; Lukesch, R.; Valero, D.; Brnkalakova, S.; Bryce, R. (2020) SIMRA D2 3 Operationalization of stakeholder engagement: a guide., Deliverable D2.3, Report to the European Union, Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA), 53pp.
  • López-Francos, A.; Aguinaco, M.; López Marco, L.; Cerezo, M.; Secco, L.; Da Re, R.; Miller, D.R.; Blackett, S.; Bryce, R.; Dijkshoorn-Dekker, M.; Górriz-Mifsud, E.; Ludvig, A.; Lukesch, R.; Marini Govigli, V.; Pisani, E.; Plana, S.; Rogelja, T.; Sfeir, P.; Slee, B.; Valero, D.; Vicentini, K. (2020) Deliverable 7.5: Report of the Training Course, Including the E-learning Version. Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA)., Report to the European Commission, H2020 SIMRA, Grant Agreement No. 677622, 56pp.
  • Kluvánková, T.; Gezik, V.; Spacek, M.; Brnkaláková, S.; Valero, D.; Bryce, R.; Slee, W.; Alkhaled, D.; Secco, L.; Burlando, C.; Kozova, M.; Miller, D.R.; Nijnik, M.; Perlik, M.; Pisani, E.; Polman, N.; Price, M.; Sarkii, S.; Weiss, G. (2017) Transdisciplinary understanding of SI in MRAs., Deliverable 2.2, Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA), Report to the European Commission, James Hutton Institute, 58pp.
  • Barlagne, C.; Bryce, R.; Valero, D.; Price, M.; Mosdale, L.; Clotteau, M.; Miller, D.R.; Nijnik, M. (2017) Ethical approvals for research with human participants in the SIMRA Project, Deliverable 9.5., Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA), Report to the European Commission, James Hutton Institute, 29pp.

Printed from /staff/diana-valero on 27/09/21 08:34:40 PM

The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.