María D. López Rodríguez

Postdoctoral Researcher - Sustainability, Resilience And Governance Of Social-Ecological Systems

María D. López Rodríguez

I have a degree in Environmental Sciences. Master in Hydrogeology in arid areas. PhD in Applied Environmental Sciences. I was hired at CAESCG, doing research related to processes and methodological tools of science-management interface in the framework of socio-ecological systems governance. Since 2019 I am working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.


My main area of research focuses on conducting inter- and transdisciplinary research to strengthen the links between science and other parts of society in order to advance the governance of social-ecological systems in different cultural, social and institutional frameworks. My motivation is to research so that scientific knowledge can be an engine of social learning and a driver of policy change to move towards sustainability.

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


  • Transdisciplinary research
  • Collaborative governance
  • Transitions to sustainability
  • Science-management-society interface




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 How stable are visions for protected area management?
Stakeholder perspectives before and during a pandemic
Inclusive conservation and the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: Tensions and prospects Bioeconomy as a transforming driver of intensive greenhouse horticulture in SE Spain Applying the socio-ecological approach to biocrust research: a call for scientific action An interdisciplinary assessment of private conservation areas in the Western United States Impulsando estrategias colectivas ciencia-gestión-sociedad para conservar el hábitat de Ziziphus lotus (Hábitat Prioritario 5220) MONOGRÁFICO: Interfaz ciencia-gestión-sociedad en el ámbito de la conservación: avances conceptuales y metodológicos Delineating participation in conservation governance: Insights from the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park (Spain) Identifying social-ecological gaps to promote biocrust conservation actions Scientific and local ecological knowledge, shaping perceptions towards protected areas and related ecosystem services Social learning for facilitating dialogue and understanding of the ecosystem services approach: lessons from a cross-border experience in the Alboran Marine Basin Six collective challenges for sustainability of the Almería greenhouse horticulture Disentangling ‘ecosystem services’ and ‘nature’s contributions to people’ Valores y argumentos para la conservación de la diversidad vegetal de Sierra Nevada. Exploring institutional mechanisms for scientific input into the management cycle of the National Protected Area Network of Peru: gaps and opportunities Science-policy interfaces for addressing environmental problems in arid Spain
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