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UDERVAL Research Group focuses its research on local and regional development, primarily in rural areas, especially on the processes of socio-economic transformation, the role of new activities, social capital, and the actors in land management, as well as policies of rural development.

The group also works on local socio-productive systems in rural areas, research completed by the analysis of the relationships between social capital and territorial development, and specifically on the role of social networks, leadership and elites, and power structures in the socio-economic dynamics of rural areas. UNDERVAL is part of the Inter-University Institute for Local Development (IIDL) of the Univesitat de València and the Universitat Jaume I. The group is led by Dr. Javier Pérez Esparza.