Angel Paniagua Mazorra

Email: angel.paniagua [at]
Phone: (+34) 916022546
Extensión Interna: 441465
Office: 3E8
Investigador Científico de OPIS
Instituto de Políticas y Bienes Públicos
Departamento de Economía y Política
Group: Geografía Rural (GGR)

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Scientific Output

Undergraduate degree (1986) and PhD (1990) in Human Geography at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Is the first Spanish researcher with publications in Land Use Policy or Journal of Rural Studies. Referee of more than 40 journals around the world.
Scientific editor (in association), in the year 1999 of special issue on Environmental Policies and Sustainability (Revista Internacional de Sociologia); in the year 2006  (in association) of the special issue on Public policies, Sustainability and Rural Geography of the journal Boletín de la Asociación de Geógrafos Españoles; and editor in the years 2007-08 of the special issue on Qualification of Space of the journal Arbor edited by CSIC. Author or coauthor of more 150  papers and book chapters. Member of editorial board of some relevant journals (ISI, SCOPUS) in sociology and environmental studies. It is currently Member of Editorial Advisory Group. Environmental Studies book series. Cambridge Schol. Publs., book quality proposals are welcome. Between 2015 and 2017 he was the first representative of the  CSIC -Spanish Council for Scientific Research-  in the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture.
Angel Paniagua’s research focuses on four areas of interest: (1.) social, environmental and cultural dimensions of geographical rural change in depopulated rural areas, (2.) the socio-environmental qualitative research, (3.) the history and theory of Rural Geography, (4.) the relationship between nature and society and (5) geographies of urban agriculture.

Selected Publications:

Paniagua A. (2020) Smart Villages in Depopulated Areas. In: Patnaik S., Sen S., Mahmoud M. (eds) Smart Village Technology. Concepts and developments. Springer, Cham, pp. 399-409.

PANAGUA, A. (on line 23-2-2019) Farmers’ resistance in urbanised and remote rural places: a geographical perspective. Rural Society, 28:1, 15-28.

PANIAGUA, A. (on line 13-3-2018, 2019) Encounters in the valley: love and emotions in microprocesses of gentrification in depopulated rural areas. Geojournal, 84, 471-481

PANIAGUA, A. (on line 18-9-2017, 2018) Local people unprotected by protected (depopulated) natural areas: the case of Sierra Norte Guadalajara, Spain. Geojournal (83) 5, pp. 993-1004.

PANIAGUA, A. (on line 21-7, 2017) Spatial and individual resistance(s) in depopulated and remote rural areas. Space and Polity, 21(3), pp. 303-317.

PANIAGUA, A. (2017) The (lost) life of a historic rural route in the core of Guadarrama Mountains. Madrid (Spain). A geographical perspective. Landscape History, 38(1), pp. 81-94.

PANIAGUA, A. (2017) Geografía Rural. En Hiernaux, D., Lindon, A. (eds.) Tratado de Geografía Humana. Segunda edición. México, Univ. Autónoma Metropolitana-Antrophos.

PANIAGUA, A. (on line 9-2-2016) An individual Rural Geography. The Professional Geographer, 68 (3), pp. 511-518.

PANIAGUA, A. (2016) New rurality, events, and festivals in selected places of rural Spain. Social Studies/Sociální studia,  special issue on rurality, 13 (2), pp. 113-129.

PANIAGUA, A. (6-8-2014 online, 2015), Geographical trajectories, biographical determinants and (new) place political elites in selected remote rural areas of north-central Spain. The Geographical Journal, 181, 4, pp. 401-412.

PANIAGUA, A. (2015) Environmental problems, place elites and counter elites in depopulated rural areas. Daniels, J.A. (ed.) Advances in Environmental Research, vol. 39, New York, Nova Publ., pp. 51-68.

BRYANT, R., PANIAGUA, A., KIZOS, T. (2015) Governing people in de-populated areas. In Bryant, R. (ed.) International Handbook of Political Ecology. London, Edward Elgar, pp. 233-245

PANIAGUA, A. (2014) Rurality, identity and morality in remote rural areas in northern Spain. Journal of Rural Studies, 35, 49-58.

PANIAGUA, A. (2014) Perspectives of livestock farmers in an urbanized environment. Land (special issue Landscape perspectives on environmental conservation), 3, 19-33.

PANIAGUA, A. (2013) Farmers in remote rural areas: The worth of permanence in the place. Land Use Policy, 35, pp. 1-7.

PANIAGUA, A. (2013) Depopulated rural landscapes in the North of Spain: environment, politics, space and history. A view form the local leaders. In Daniels, J. (ed.) Advances in Environmental Research volume 29, New York, Nova Publ., pp. 107-124.

PANIAGUA, A. (2013) Repensar el espacio (rural): entre la individualización y el campo global. Revista Economía, Sociedad y Territorio, 41, pp. 245-267.

PANIAGUA, A. (on line 30 july 2012) The rural as a site of recreation: evidencies and contradictions in Spain from a geographical perspective. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 10, 3, pp. 264-275.

PANIAGUA, A.  (2012) Changing ruralities in the Portuguese temple of rurality: social mobilities in place from a geographical perspective. In JAWOSKI. J.A. (ed.) Advances in Sociology Research. Volume 10. (special volume on social mobilities). New York, Nova Science Publishers, pp. 161-176.

PANIAGUA, A. (2011) In no man’s land. Community, identities and moral lives in depopulated settings in the north of Spain. Advances in Applied Sociology, 1 (1), pp. 13-21.

BRYANT, R. L., PANIAGUA, A., KIZOS, TH. (online 29 October-2010, 2011) Conceptualising ‘shadow landscape’ in political ecology and rural studies   Land Use Policy, 28, pp. 450-471.

PANIAGUA, A. (2010) 'I live out in the countryside. Exploring extreme processes of  individualization in rural Spain'. Scottish Geographical Journal, 126 (1), pp. 9-23.

PANIAGUA, A. (2009- online 8 january) "The politics of place: official, intermediate and  community discourses in depopulated rural areas of Central Spain. The case of the Riaza river valley (Segovia, Spain)".Journal of Rural Studies, vol, 25, 2, pp. 207-216. Primer artículo publicado on line en el 25 aniversario de 'Journal of Rural Studies, 25 years of excellence in rural studies'.

PANIAGUA, A. (2008 -2007 on line) "The environmental dimension in the constitution of new social groups in a extremely depopulated rural area of Spain (Soria)". Land Use Policy, vol.25-1-2008, pp. 17-29.

PANIAGUA, A., MOYANO, E. (2007) 'Public right and private interest in selected recreative initiatives in rural areas of Spain. A sociogeographical perspective'. Tourism Geographies.International Journal on Space, Place and Environment, vol. 9, (3), pp. 275-295.

PANIAGUA, A; BAKER, K. (2005) THE SOCIOECONOMIC OF AGRICULTURE, in Socioeconomics Development, from Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS. Developed under the auspices of the UNESCO (United Nations), Eolss Publishcers, Oxford, UK ( (retreived june, 2005) (+ de 24.000 words, 1-60 pages).

PANIAGUA, A. (2004) "A conceptualization of the farmer and the environmental dimension in the South of Europe". New Medit. Mediterranean Journal of Economics, Agriculture and Environment, nº 4, pp. 30-38.

PANIAGUA, A. (2002) "Counterurbanization and new social class in rural Spain: The environmental and rural dimension revisited". Scottish Geographical Journal, vol. 118-1, pp. 1-18.

PANIAGUA, A. (2002) "Urban-rural migration, tourism entrepreneurs and rural restructuring in Spain". Tourism Geographies. International Journal on Space, Place and Environment, vol. 4, nº 4, pp. 349-372.

HOGGART, K.; PANIAGUA, A. (2001) "What rural restructuring?". Journal of Rural Studies, 17/1, pp. 41-62. 

HOGGART, K.; PANIAGUA, A. (2001) "Rural restructuring in Spain?". Journal of Rural Studies, 17/1, pp. 63-80.

PANIAGUA, A. (2001) "Agri-environmental policy in Spain. The agenda for socio-political developments at the national, regional and local levels". Journal of Rural Studies, 17/1, pp. 81-97.

PANIAGUA, A. (2001): "European processes of environmentalizacion in agriculture: a view from Spain". En Hoggart, K.; Buller, H. (eds) Agricultural transformation, food and environment: Perspectives on european rural policy and planning. Volume one. Londres, Ashgate, pp. 131-166.

PANIAGUA, A. (2000): "Analysis of the evolution of farmers' early retirement policy in Spain. The case of Castille and Leon". Land Use Policy, vol. 17-2, pp. 113-120.

PANIAGUA, A. (1992): Repercusiones sociodemográficas de la política de colonización durante el siglo XIX y primer tercio del XX. Madrid, Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación, Serie Estudios n. 73, 425 pp.