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The Research Group in Territorial Development of the Universitat de Valencia (GRIDET), born in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology of the Faculty of Social Sciences, proposes an approach to the local development phenomenon from a multidimensional point of view, by grouping together the academic aspect (from the participation of teaching staff of the abovementioned department and the Institute for Local Development – IIDL-) and the professional aspect (from the participation of Employment and Local Development Technicians and Agents – AEDL – who come from ADLYPSE – Association of Technicians in Local Development of the Valencian Community).

With this triangular view of reality, GRIDET does not consider development as an open possibility, but as a territory’s need, and action must be taken as such. So much so that the conception of the territory-population binomial as a whole (comprehensive view), which requires each and every of the present resources (integrated view), and which intends to obtain synergistic effects among its purposes (integrating view), encompasses the main characterisctic features of the work carried out by this group.