Department: Geografía

Faculty: Geografía e Historia

Area: Regional Geographical Analysis

Research group: Geografía, política y socioeconomía forestal


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Doctor by the Universitat d'Alacant / Universidad de Alicante with the thesis Titularidad, evolución y situación actual de los montes de utilidad pública en la Comunidad Valenciana 1992. Supervised by Dr. Antonio Gil Olcina.

Prof. Cristina Montiel-Molina held several positions as a lecturer in the University of Alicante (Spain) in her earlier academic career. She has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and at the Department of Geography of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA, USA), a Visiting Academic at the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences of the University of Melbourne (Australia), and a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Geography of the University of Provence (France). She has served as Head of the Department at Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) from July 2010 to November 2017. Prof. Montiel has received numerous national and international awards over the course of her career including the Graduate National Award, the University Award for Excellence in Teaching (for the academic years 2005-06, 2014-15, and 2015-16, and the period 2014-17), the National Award for Publications on Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1994) and the Golden Award for Fire Research (2016). Her domains of experience and expertise are the social sciences applied to spatial planning, sustainable development and forest management. She has participated in and coordinated several national and European projects (INTERREG IIIB, Integrated Project in the 7th Framework Program, COST Actions, ERANET Networking actions). She has also been very active in promoting discussion, participation and collaboration among public institutions and private stakeholder for rural development. She has been a member of several European committees, international steering committees and scientific supervisory boards. Prof. Cristina Montiel-Molina has been recognized as one of the 145 women leaders in fire science.