Cristina Quintas Soriano

Postdoctoral Researcher - Sustainability, Resilience and Governance of Socio-Ecological Systems

Cristina Quintas Soriano

I studied at the University of Almeria. I have a degree in Environmental Sciences, a PhD in applied and environmental sciences, and a Master in assessment and monitoring of Global Change. I have been a predoctoral researcher at the UAL/CAESCG and at the Madrid socioecosystems laboratory at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Subsequently, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Idaho State University (USA) and at the University of Kassel (Germany) conducting research related to the analysis of social-ecological systems and teaching in sustainability sciences, ecological agriculture and agroforestry systems.

Since February 2021 I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Almeria. My work focuses on understanding human-nature connections and relationships to promote more sustainable socio-ecological systems. My teaching covers sustainability science and ecosystem services valuation. I teach the subject/s of ecosystem services in the Master of natural resources management at UAL, and the subject of sustainability sciences in the degree of sustainability at the University of Leuphana (Germany). Founder and member of the FRACTAL collective.


My research interests are focused on a better understanding of human-nature relationships, to better understand how we interact with the natural environment with special interest in the rural environment and its biocultural values. In addition, I develop research with a gender perspective to promote more equitable systems and to make visible the role of women in sustainability.

RESEARCH GROUP: Sustainability, Resilience and Governance of Socio-Ecological Systems (RNM-933)


  • Social-ecological analysis
  • Values
  • Local knowledge
  • Rural areas
  • Gender
  • Biocultural diversity


  • ESP - Ecosystem Services Partnership



Effects of land abandonment on nature contributions to people and good quality of life components in the Mediterranean region: A review Reconnecting People with Nature through Agriculture A Transformative (r)Evolution of the Research on Agriculture through Fostering Human-Nature Connectedness—A Special Issue Editorial What empirical research evidence exists on the multiple impacts of farming systems in urban and peri urban areas? - a systematic map protocol Rethinking ecosystem service indicators for their application to intermittent rivers A framework for assessing coupling and de-coupling trajectories in river social-ecological systems Linking Cork to Cork Oak Landscapes: Mapping the Value Chain of Cork Production in Portugal An interdisciplinary assessment of private conservation areas in the Western United States Mercury consumption and human health: Linking pollution and social risk perception in the southeastern United States Local Perceptions of Ecosystem Services Across Multiple Ecosystem Types in Spain Linking food systems and landscape sustainability in the Mediterranean region ¿Cómo pueden contribuir los estudios feministas y poscoloniales de la ciencia a la coproducción de conocimientos? Reflexiones sobre IPBES Social dynamics of values, taboos and perceived threats around sacred groves in Kurdistan, Iran Exploring land-use histories of tree-crop landscapes: a cross-site comparison in the Mediterranean Basin Scientific and local ecological knowledge, shaping perceptions towards protected areas and related ecosystem services Evaluating social learning in participatory mapping of ecosystem services Identifying win–win situations in agricultural landscapes: an integrated ecosystem services assessment for Spain Examining concern about climate change and local environmental changes from an ecosystem service perspective in the Western U.S Implications of urban growth and farmland loss for ecosystem services in the western United States Integrating supply and demand in ecosystem service bundles characterization across Mediterranean transformed landscapes Ecosystem services in dryland systems of the world Social-ecological systems influence ecosystem service perception: A programme on ecosystem change and society (PECS) analysis Applying Place-Based Social-Ecological Research to Address Water Scarcity: Insights for Future Research. What has ecosystem service science achieved in Spanish drylands? Evidences of need for transdisciplinary science Ecosystem services provided by biocrusts: From ecosystem functions to social values Modeling how land use legacy affects the provision of ecosystem services in Mediterranean southern Spain Ecosystem services values in Spain: A meta-analysis Impacts of land use change on ecosystem services and implications for human well-being in Spanish drylands The value of time in biological conservation and supplied ecosystem services: A willingness to give up time exercise Collaborative mapping of ecosystem services: The role of stakeholders’ profiles From supply to social demand: a landscape scale analysis of the water regulation service
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