Dr Diana E Valero


(Photo credit: Perth College-UHI, May 2019)

I am an early career social researcher working at the Faculty of Natural Sciences in the University of Stirling on issues around sustainability and rural development. My research interests are focused on the challenges and opportunities for sustainable social development and governance of rural areas, and I am currently participating in the UK-Brazil research project ENDORSE studying the factors shaping their land management choices of farmers through behavioural experimental games.

Previously I worked as a postdoc at the Centre for Mountain Studies at Perth College-University of the Highlands and Islands on issues around sustainability and rural development. There, I participated in several collaborative international projects around those topics: SHAPE – Sustainable Heritage Areas: Partnerships for Ecotourism, BRIDGES – Balanced Regional Development in areas with Geographic Specificities, SIMRA – Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas.

I completed my PhD at University of Valencia in Spain. In my PhD, I looked at social exclusion in rural areas and the local policies addressing it, to better understand the role of small local Councils and communities in social exclusion and inclusion processes. Previously, I completed a Master in Management and Promotion of Local Development and a Bachelor in Political Science at the University of Valencia.

I have a profile in ResearchGate where you can find some of my papers on poverty and social exclusion in rural areas, rural women, and social innovation. I am also an Editorial Board Member of the journal of local development Terra: Revista de Desarrollo Local. I participate regularly at international conferences including the European Rural Sociology Conferences. And I tweet as @lachicadeldyane.

Follow the links below to access detailed information on my academic interests, career and publications. My blog reports on my recent research and scholarly activity. Please contact me at diana.valero.lopez[at]stir.ac.uk with any questions or requests, including getting copies of my papers that you can not access due to subscription restrictions.

Sustainable Rural Areas ¦ Social Justice ¦ Interdisciplinary research and stakeholder engagement ¦ Publications

Beyond academia, I am just Diana: a Spaniard living in Scotland who does not miss the weather and loves cheese and oatcakes. In my free time, I hang out with friends, walk, run, read novels, dance, and participate in the Perth Women Collective and other community initiatives.