Full Professor

Dpt. Agricultural Economics, Finance and Accounting
University of Cordoba
Campus Rabanales. N-IV km 396, Gregor Mendel Building. E-14071 Córdoba, Spain
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I’m an agriculture engineer working in sustainability sciences. My PhD specialization was in European policies for rural areas. My main interests currently deal with the analysis of the links between social and natural systems for sustainable development and the social and human aspects of environmental challenges. I investigate aspects such as governance, perception, resilience, commons and community-based management. I’ve got broad working experience in Europe and Latin America.

My work as researchers have deserved the following awards: Member of the Spanish Order of Civil Merit, awarded by His Majesty the King of Spain (2021); ANSEMAC Award to Women Researchers in Environmental Topics (2021); Fellow of the Year in Cordoba (2022).

I’m Full Professor at the Higher School of Agriculture and Forestry Engineering (ETSIAM) at the University of Cordoba (Spain) and work at the Department of Agriculture Economics, Sociology and Policy. I have participated in several relevant global initiatives: Education Policies for Rural Development coordinated by UNESCO and FAO, International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development, coordinated by the World Bank and United Nations and the White Paper for Agriculture and Rural Development (Spanish Ministry of Agriculture).

More recently I broaden my field of research to include sustainability in cities. I’ve been member of the High-Level Expert Group on Innovating Cities of the European Commission and one of the main drafters of the report The Human-Centred City. Opportunities for citizens through research and innovation.

I’m Project Coordinator at European level of two Horizon 2020 research projects: IN-HABIT: Inclusive Health and Wellbeing in Small and Medium Size Cities (2020-2024) and MOVING: Mountain Valorization through Interconnectedness and Green Growth (2020-2023). I participate as researcher in another H2020 project, DESIRA: Digitization Economic and Social Impacts in Rural Areas (2019-2022) and in Horizon Europe project CODECS: Maximising the CO-benefits of agricultural Digitalisation through conducive digital ECoSystems (2022-2026). I have also been Principal Investigator of CLIMA-AGRI: Perceptions of climate change among Andalusia farmers.

I coordinated FP7 project COMET-LA: Community-based Management of Environmental Challenges in Latin America (2012- 2015), recognised as a success story by the European Commission. The project analysed sustainable governance models for the management of environmental challenges in 3 social-ecological systems where commons were collectively managed. I’ve participated in the European project SULANET: Sustainable Land Management Network (2015-2018) that analyses the changes in the land use in several European countries.

At education level, I’m Director at the University of Cordoba of the Erasmus Mundus International Master on Rural Development. I teach on Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development at undergraduate levels and on Sustainable Development at Master level and have got broad experience in international teaching at MSc and PhD levels.

I have been the Delegate of the Rector for International Projection (2018-2022) and previously Director of the Doctorate Unit of the University of Cordoba (2012-2014), Director of the Master Unit of the University of Cordoba (2011-2012) and Director of the Observatory for Postgraduate Studies (2009-2011).


IN-HABIT: Inclusive Health and Wellbeing in Small and Medium Size Cities (2020-2025). 10.7 million € H2020 https://www.inhabit-h2020.eu (Project Coordinator at EU level)

MOVING: Mountain Valorization through Interconnectedness and Green Growth (2020-2024). 6 million €. H2020 https://www.moving-h2020.eu (Project Coordinator at EU level)

CODECS: Maximising the CO-benefits of agricultural Digitalisation through conducive digital ECoSystems (2022-2026). 7 million €. (Principal Investigator at UCO)

DESIRA: Digitization Economic and Social Impacts in Rural Areas (2019-2023). 5 million €. H2020 http://desira2020.eu/ (Principal Investigator at UCO)

CLIMA-AGRI: Farmers perception of Climate Change (2020-2021). Andalusia Regional Government (Project Coordinator)

COMET-LA: Community-Based Management of Environmental Challenges in Latin America (2012-2015). 2 million €. 7 FP: http://www.uco.es/investigacion/proyectos/comet-la/index.php/en/ (Project Coordinator at EU level)

SULANET: Sustainable Land Management Network (2015-2018). 300.000€. Erasmus + http://sulanet.uniag.sk/ (Researcher)

Most relevant Peer-reviewed publications


Moretti, M., Belliggiano, A., Grando, S., Felici, F., Scotti, I., Ievoli, C., Blackstock, K., Delgado-Serrano, M.M. and Brunori, G. (2023). Characterizing value chains’ contribution to resilient and sustainable development in European mountain areas, Journal of Rural Studies 100:103022 DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2023.103022


Delgado Serrano, M.M. (2022). Hacia una digitalización inclusiva de las áreas rurales. in Estrada, E.M. (ed.), La España rural: retos y oportunidades de futuro. Cajamar Caja Rural, pp 385-400.

Delgado-Serrano, M.M., Rodríguez-Entrena, M., Castillo, M. and Brígido García, C.M. (2022). Percepción del cambio climático en el sector agrario andaluz. Universidad de Córdoba, Programa operativo FEDER Andalucía, pp 14 Informe


Delgado-Serrano, M.M. and Borrego-Marín, M.M. (2020). Drivers of innovation in groundwater governance. The links between the social and the ecological systems. Land Use Policy. 91:104368 DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.104368

Freshley, D. and Delgado-Serrano, M.M. (2020). Learning from the past in the transition to open-pollinated varieties, Sustainability 12(11):4716 DOI: 10.1016/10.3390/su12114716


Landry, C., Crescenzi, R., Bartolo, A., Cullen, C., Delgado Serrano, M.M., Kabisch, S., Liakou, L., Matko, M., Rok, A. and Stikker, M. (2019). The Human-Centred City: Opportunities for citizens through research and innovation. European Commission, Luxembourg, pp 122. DOI:10.2777/859158

Navarro Cerrillo, R.M., Esteves Vieira, D.J., Ochoa-Gaona, S., de Jong, B.H.J. and Delgado-Serrano, M.M. (2019). Land cover changes and fragmentation in mountain neotropical ecosystems of Oaxaca, Mexico under community forest management. Journal of Forestry Research 30(1):143-155 DOI: 10.1007/s11676-017-0568-3


Ambrosio-Albala, P. and Delgado-Serrano, M.M. (2018). Understanding Climate Change Perception in Community-Based Management Contexts: Perspectives of Two Indigenous Communities. Weather, Climate, and Society 10(3):471-485. DOI: 10.1175/wcas-d-17-0049.1

Delgado-Serrano, M.M. and Escalante Semerena, R. (2018). Gender and Cross-Scale Differences in the Perception of Social-Ecological Systems. Sustainability 10(9):2983. DOI: 10.3390/su10092983

Delgado-Serrano, M.M. and Hurtado Martos, J.A. (2018). Land use changes in Spain. Drivers and trends in agricultural land use. EU Agrarian Law 7(2):1-8. DOI: 10.2478/eual-2018-0006

Delgado-Serrano, M.M., Oteros-Rozas, E., Ruiz-Mallén, I., Calvo-Boyero, D. Ortiz-Guerrero, C.E., Escalante-Semerena, R.I. and Corbera, E. (2018). Influence of community-based natural resource management strategies in the resilience of social-ecological systems. Regional Environmental Change 18(2): 581-592. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-017-1223-4

Delgado-Serrano, M.M., Xóchitl Cruz-Bayer, A., Hernández López,I., Basurto Hernández,S., Ayala Correa, G. and Marneau Acevedo, A.R. (2018). Gobernanza colectiva de recursos de uso común. El caso de los bosques de Santiago Comaltepec, Ixtlán de Juárez, Oaxaca.UNAM.


Delgado-Serrano, M.M.,.(2017).Trade-offs between conservation and development in community-based management initiatives. International Journal of the Commons 11(2): 969-991 DOI: 10.18352/ijc.792

Delgado-Serrano, M.M., Mistry, J., Matzdorf, B. and Leclerc, G.(2017).Community-based management of environmental challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean. Ecology and Society 22(1):4. DOI: 10.5751/ES-08924-220104

Delgado-Serrano, M.M., Ramos, P. and Lasso Zapata, E. (2017). Using Ostrom’s DPs as fuzzy sets to analyse how water policies challenge community-based water governance in Colombia. Water 9(7):535. DOI: 10.3390/w9070535

Gari, S., Newton, A., Icely, J. and Delgado-Serrano, M.M. (2017). An Analysis of the Global Applicability of Ostrom’s Design Principles to Diagnose the Functionality of Common-Pool Resource Institutions. Sustainability 9(7):1287. DOI: 10.3390/su9071287


Delgado-Serrano, M.M., Vanwildemeersch, P., London, S., Ortiz-Guerrero, C.E., Escalante Semerena, R. and Rojas, M. (2016). Adapting Prospective Structural Analysis to strengthen sustainable management and capacity building in Community-Based Natural Resource. Ecology and Society 21(2):36. DOI: 10.5751/ES-08505-210236


Delgado-Serrano, M.M., Oteros-Rozas, E., Vanwildemeersch, P., Ortíz-Guerrero, C., London, S. and Escalante, R.(2015). Local perceptions on social-ecological dynamics in Latin America in three community-based natural resource management systems. Ecology and Society 20(4):24. DOI: 10.5751/ES-07965-200424

Delgado-Serrano, M.M. and Ramos, P. (2015). Making Ostrom’s framework applicable to characterise social ecological systems at the local level. International Journal of the Commons 9(2):808-830 DOI: 10.18352/ijc.567

Delgado-Serrano, M.M., Ambrosio-Albalá, M. and Amador, F. (2015). Exploring Prospective Structural Analysis to Assess the Relevance of Rural Territorial Development in Spain and Nicaragua. Cuadernos de Desarrollo Rural, 12(76): 35-56. DOI: 10.11144/Javeriana.cdr12-76.epsa

Sepúlveda Rivera, I., Molina Otarola, R., Delgado-Serrano, M.M. and Guerrero Ginel, J. (2015). Aguas, riego y cultivos: Cambios y permanencias en los Ayllus de San Pedro de Atacama. Estudios Atacameños 51:185-206. DOI: 10.4067/S0718-10432015000200012


Rentería Garita, C. and Delgado-Serrano, M.M. (2014). Social Capital Formation In Mexican Ejidos. Land decisions after the article 27 constitutional reform. Revista Internacional de Sociología, 72(1):9-33 DOI: 10.3989/ris.2011.09.01