I am a postdoctoral researcher at INGENIO CSIC-UPV, with a Ph.D. in Local Development and International Cooperation. Currently, I am involved in the SWIFT project (Supporting Women-Led Innovation in farming territories), focusing on the organizational strengthening of women involved in agroecology and rural areas. I am also part of the CLIMALBIO project (LINCGLOBAL2023) at CSIC, which aims to raise awareness about the need for a change in the production and consumption system. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Management from the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), a Master's degree in Development Cooperation from UPV, and a Master's degree in Teacher Training from Universidad Miguel Hernández.
My doctoral thesis focused on analyzing feminist organizational change processes in Solidarity Economy organizations, based on Feminist Theories of Organization, Feminist Economics, and Gender Theory in Development, using a Feminist Action Research methodology. Since my contractual affiliation (FPI-UPV Subprogram I) in 2019, I have been a teaching collaborator in the feminism module of the Master's program in Development Cooperation at UPV, and I have participated as a student and facilitator in the educational innovation processes called "Learning in Action" promoted by the Master's program in Cooperation at UPV from 2016 to 2021.
I am part of the collective of researchers in Collective Social Innovation. I have undertaken various training and research stays on topics related to Solidarity Economy and development at the Manipal Institute of Technology in India, Veterinarians Without Borders in Honduras, Daytona University in the USA, and the University of Tifariti in the Sahrawi refugee camps. I have also conducted research stays at the Gender Studies Department of the University of Tampere in Finland and at the Hegoa Institute in Bilbao. In 2022, I began an annual training in group facilitation with an intersectional feminist perspective (L'Argila), a topic that particularly interests me and in which I will continue to develop my skills.
My main areas of interest are feminisms, particularly Feminist Economics, organizations, feminist and activist participatory research methodologies, transformative education, food sovereignty... Additionally, I participate in various collectives and social movements in the city of València.
“They Take Away What We Are”: Contributions of a Participatory Process with Photovoice to the Capabilities for Epistemic Liberation of Young People
Monique Leivas Vargas, Marta Maicas-Pérez, Carmen Monge-Hernández, Álvaro Fernández-Baldor, 2022. In: Journal of Human Development and Capabilities.