Keen to work cross-disciplinary, I have developed my career so far working in multidisciplinary teams.
I did my PhD at the Inter-University Institute for Local Development at the University of Valencia, in the interdisciplinary programme “Local Development and International Cooperation” which combined Sociology, Political Science, Social Work, and Geography among other fields.
Later, I started working as a post-doc researcher at the Centre for Mountain Studies, exploring issues of social sustainability and governance in rural areas within a multidisciplinary team. At this position, I have been working in international interdisciplinary projects.
In particular, SIMRA – Social Innovations in Marginalised Rural Areas, is built precisely on the concept of transdisciplinary understanding of the research subject. It has allowed me not only to work cross-disciplines but to also incorporating interdisciplinary as a research element. See for instance the following publications:
- Valero, D.E., & López Marco, L. 2019. Interdisciplinariedad en la innovación social frente a la despoblación rural. Economía Agraria y Recursos Naturales, 19 (1), pp. 17-37.
- Kluvánková, T., Gežik, V., Špaček, M., Brnkaláková, S., Valero, D., Bryce, R., Slee, W., Alkhaled, S., Secco, L., Burlando, C., Kozova, M., Miller, D., Nijnik, M., Perlik, M., Pisani, E., Polman, N., Price, M., Sarkii, S. and Weiss, G. 2017. Transdisciplinary understanding of SI in MRAs, Deliverable 2.2, Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA). pp. 58.
Also, during my time at the University of Valencia, I started teaching at the Department of Welfare and Social Work. This experience was precious for me and allowed me to reflect on the challenges and opportunities behind the interdisciplinary work. I presented those reflections at an International Congress of Social Work that took place in Spain in 2016 (CIFETS 2016).
- Valero, D. E. (2016). “¿Qué hace una politóloga en Trabajo Social? Reflexiones y análisis desde el trabajo interdisciplinar en investigación y docencia.” In Carbonero, D; Raya, E; Caparros, N; & Gimeno, C. (coords) Respuestas transdisciplinares en una sociedad global. Aportaciones desde el Trabajo Social. ISBN: 987-84-608-7364-8.
Working in all those teams and projects, I am experienced in designing and developing case studies and conducting interviews with policy-makers and stakeholders, and also in carrying out surveys and participatory workshops with stakeholders.
I am experienced in designing and conducting qualitative research with stakeholders on local and international research projects using workshops and interviews. I have particular expertise in designing and developing case studies and conducting interviews with policy-makers and stakeholders, and also in carrying out surveys and participatory workshops. In my doctoral research, I explored in depth the diversity of policy actions in rural areas applying QCA analysis in qualitative comparative research. I have also experience in research teams that carried out community surveying and community workshops on evidence to policy pathways for local development projects.
Specifically, the project SHAPE – Sustainable Heritage Areas: Partnerships for Ecotourism, which I coordinate, is built around building and maintaining stakeholder engagement. An essential part of this project has been the development of a set of methods for developing stakeholder engagement and run stakeholder workshops:
- Bryce, R., & Valero, D. 2017. Common methods for regional stakeholder meetings. Sustainable Heritage Areas: Partnerships for Ecotourism Deliverable DT1.1.2.
- Bryce, R., & Valero, D. 2017. Common methods to maintain engagement among regional stakeholder groups. Sustainable Heritage Areas: Partnerships for Ecotourism Deliverable DT 1.1.3
- Sigurðardóttir, R., Bryce, R., Valero, D., & Price, M. 2017. Common participatory processes to map assets and assess climate change impacts. Sustainable Heritage Areas: Partnerships for Ecotourism Deliverable DT 2.1.2