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Luz-Maria Lozada-Ellison

Staff picture: Luz-Maria Lozada-Ellison
Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
Land Systems Analyst
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Luz Maria works as an environmental socio-economics interdisciplinary researcher using qualitative and quantitative approaches. She is part of the Information and Computational Sciences Group (ICS).
She has carried out research on landscape scale management (land use systems, multi-agent multi-level, environmental policies); poverty; provision of ecosystem services (governance and PES) and food systems. She has carried out her research in Mexico and Scotland with short research visits in France, Portugal, Brazil and Germany. 
With a background in economics, Luz Maria initially carried out research on poverty, agriculture and rural development policies in Mexico. This research work won her a national award and was published as a book by UNAM-Mexico: El papel de PROGRESA en la reproducción de las unidades domésticas campesinas : estudio en una comunidad totonaca de Huehuetla, Puebla
Luz Maria completed a Masters degree in Social Anthropology at EHESS-Paris, complementing her experience of quantitative and statistical instruments with qualitative methods and participatory observation applied to the ethnography of food circulation during the Day of the Dead rituals in an indigenous community. After a further year of postgraduate studies, at the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale (Collège de France-EHESS), she became interested in carrying out research in a European context.
Luz Maria finished a Masters degree in Land Economics (Rural Surveying accredited for RICS) at the University of Aberdeen; and a PhD at the University of Birmingham (School of Geography) on cooperation and collaboration at the landscape scale for conservation in Scotland.

Current research interests

Luz Maria’s interdisciplinary research interests are focused on the social and economic dynamics of land management for landscape scale applications. The study of poverty, food systems, ecosystems services, from economic and social perspectives (perceptions, individual decision-making and cooperation) are her areas of interest. Luz Maria has worked with experimental methods used in environmental economics for which she combined qualitative and quantitative tools. Her experience in economics and ethnographic approaches has helped her to develop research in social and economic areas. 
After a career break Luz is currently working on three projects related to Maize Food Systems (Mexico); Deprivation linked to Ecosystem Services (Scotland) and RESAS-funded research programme 2016-2021. 


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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.