Associate Professor

Dpt. Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Policy
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 social and policy issues in rural areas. My PhD specialization was in European policies for rural areas. My main interests currently deal with sustainability issues, mainly the analysis of the links between social and natural systems for sustainable development, the social and human aspects of environmental challenges, such as climate change, natural resource management, commons and community-based management, the sustainable governance of natural resources, resilience and the links between rural and urban areas. I’ve got broad working experience in Europe and Latin America.

I’m Associate Professor at the High School of Agriculture and Forestry Engineering (ETSIAM) at the University of Cordoba (Spain) and work at the Department of Agriculture Economics, Sociology and Policy. My initial research career was linked to rural development policies. 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, the Whitepaper for Agriculture and Rural Development (Spanish Ministry of Agriculture) and currently are part of the recently created group of experts in Social-Ecological Systems by FAO.

From 2012 to 2015, I coordinated a FP7 project on Community-based Management of Environmental Challenges in Latin America (COMET-LA) that was flagshipped 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 natural resources were collectively managed. Currently, I research in the European project SULANET (Sustainable Land Management Network) that analyses the changes in the land use in several European countries and in the Governance of Water Resources.

At education level, I teach on Economic Policies, Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development at undergraduate levels and on Sustainable Development and Society and Global Change at Master level. I am the Director at the University of Cordoba of the Erasmus Mundus International Master of Science in Rural Development and member of the Commission for Innovation and Knowledge Transfer of my university. I’ve been 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). I’ve got broad experience in international teaching at MSc and PhD levels.

Most relevant Peer-reviewed publications

My most relevant recent publications are:


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


7FP COMET-LA (Community-Based Management of Environmental Challenges in Latin America): www.comet-la.eu

SULANET (Sustainable Land Management Network): http://sulanet.uniag.sk/