1. aboni's picture   Alejandra Boni Aristizabal Doctora en Derecho
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PhD in Human Rights and Democracy from the U. of Valencia; Full Professor at Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV) and Deputy Director of Ingenio Research Institute (CSIC-UPV). Extraordinary Professor of the University of the Free State (South Africa). Led of the formative evaluation component of the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC), an international consortium of leading European research institutes and national countries working on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. More than 130 international and national publications in the following areas: human development, social innovation, education, participation, technology and sustainability (papers, books and book chapters). Relevant research on higher education, social and grassroots innovation in the field of energy, food and digital sectors. Expert in the use of participatory methodologies to co-design, implement and evaluate policy initiatives in the field of transformative evaluation, development education and participatory policy. Large experience and records in the field of development education and global citizenship education.

From 2011-2022, PI of 14 research projects from international, national and local grant calls (total amount 864.693€) and 11 contracts with national and local public and private institutions (total amount 233.143,65€). With a broad network of national and partners with whom research and publish. Invited researcher at Institut Mines-Telecom- Business School, Evry-France (2022), Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana, Medellín-Colombia (2019), University College of London-UK (2016-2017), University of New York-USA (2011), Erasmus University at Rotterdam-Netherlands (2009) and University of Sussex-UK (2007).

Associate editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities and the Iberoamerican Journal of Development Studies. Awarded with the University College of London Grand Challenge Prize (sept. 2019) for a meaningful engagement between academics and practitioners.

Supervision of 17 PhD thesis from 2010-2022 in 4 different Universities. Her doctoral students are working in the academic sector (as associate professor, lecturers and postdoc researchers), in local administrations (Valencian municipality or technical staff in universities), private sector (Ford company), educational sector (vocational education teacher) third sector (NGOs in Belgium and Spain).

Main recent papers:

Melanie Walker, Alejandra Boni, Carmen Martinez-Vargas & Melis Cin (2022). An Epistemological Break: Redefining Participatory Research in Capabilitarian Scholarship, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 23:1, 1-7,
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/19452829.2022.2019987

Leivas Vargas, Boni Aristizábal & Zuluaga (2022), Capabilities for epistemic liberation: the case of hermeneutical insurrection of the Network of Community Researchers in Medellin, Colombia, Journal of Global Ethics 10.1080/17449626.2022.2079707 (online first)

Tabarés, R., Boni, (2022) A. Maker culture and its potential for STEM education. Int J Technol Des Educ. (online first)

Boni, A, Velasco, D. & M. Tau (2021), The Role of Transformative Innovation for SDGs Localisation. Insights from the South-African “Living Catchments Project, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 22, 4, pag.737-747.

Molas-Gallart, J., Boni, A., Giachi, S., & Schot, J. (2021). A formative approach to the evaluation of Transformative Innovation Policies. Research Evaluation, 30(4), 431-442.

Pellicer-Sifres, V., Simcock, N., & Boni, A. (2021). Understanding the multiple harms of energy poverty through Nussbaum’s theory of central capabilities. Local Environment, 26(8), 1026-1042.

Velasco, D., Boni, A., Delgado, C., & Rojas-Forero, G. D. (2021). Exploring the role of a Colombian university to promote just transitions. An analysis from the human development and the regional transition pathways to sustainability. Sustainability, 13(11), 6014.

Belda-Miquel, S. Pellicer-Sifres, V and A. Boni, (2020), Exploring the Contribution of Grassroots Innovations to Justice: Using the Capability Approach to Normatively Address Bottom Up Sustainable Transitions Practices,  Sustainability, 12(9), 3617. (Q1).

Boni, A, López-Fogués, A, Millán G y Belda-Miquel, S. 2020. Analysing participatory video thorugh the capability approach - A case study in Quart de Poblet (Valencia-Spain), Action Research, 8, 3, 282-301, DOI: 10.1177/1476750317715073

Boni, A and D. Velasco, 2019, Epistemic Capabilities and Epistemic Injustice: What is the Role of Higher Education in Fostering Epistemic Contributions of Marginalized Knowledge Producers?,  GLOBAL JUSTICE : THEORY PRACTICE RHETORIC (12/1) 2019 https://doi.org/10.21248/gjn.12.01.228

Sergio Belda-Miquel, Alejandra Boni & Carola Calabuig (2019), SDG Localisation and Decentralised Development Aid: Exploring Opposing Discourses and Practices in Valencia's Aid Sector, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 20:4, 386-402, DOI: 10.1080/19452829.2019.1624512

Alejandra Boni, Aurora López-Fogués, Álvaro Fernández-Baldor, Gynna Millan & Sergio Belda-Miquel (2019)  Initiatives towards a participatory Smart city. The role of digital grassroots innovations, Journal of Global Ethics, 15:2, 168-182, DOI: 10.1080/17449626.2019.1636115

Boni, A., Sastre, J.J. y C. Calabuig, (2019) Educating engineers for the public good through internships in developing countries: An exploration based on a case study at the Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain) Science and Engineering Ethics, 2019, 25:1799–1815 DOI 10.1007/s11948-015-9728-z

Boni, Alejandra; Belda-Miquel, Sergio & Pellicer-Sifres, Victoria, (2019) Innovación transformadora. Propuestas desde la innovación social colectiva para el desarrollo humano. Recerca. Revista de Pensament i Anàlisi, 23, pp. 67-94.

Boris Lazzarini, Agustí Pérez-Foguet and Alejandra Boni, (2018) Key characteristics of academics promoting Sustainable Human Development within engineering studies, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2018, Volume 188, 1 July 2018, Pages 237-252

Victoria Pellicer-Sifres, Sergio Belda-Miquel, Iván Cuesta-Fernández and Alejandra Boni, (2018) Learning, transformative action, and grassroots innovation: Insights from the Spanish energy cooperative Som Energia. Energy Research & Social Science, Volume 42, August 2018, Pages 100-111.

A. Boni, G. F. Millán Franco & M. A. Millán Franco (2018), When Collectivity Makes a Difference: Theoretical and Empirical Insights from Urban and Rural Communities in Colombia, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 19, 2, 216-231.

Boni, A. & Calabuig, C. (2017) Education for global citizenship at universities. Potentialities of formal and informal learning spaces to foster cosmopolitanism,  Journal of Studies in International Education, 2017, 21 (1), pp. 22-38 DOI: 10.1177/1028315315602926

Hueso, Andrés; Boni, Alejandra; Fernández-Baldor, Álvaro, Embracing the complexity of policy processes in sanitation: insights from India, Development Policy Review 10.1111/dpr.12246 2017

Victoria Pellicer-Sifres, Sergio Belda-Miquel, Aurora López-Fogués & Alejandra Boni Aristizábal, (2017) Grassroots Social Innovation for Human Development: An Analysis of Alternative Food Networks in the City of Valencia (Spain), Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 2017, DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19452829.2016.1270916    

Belda-Miquel S, Boni Aristizábal, A. y M.F. Sañudo Pazos, (2015) Informal learning for citizenship building in shared struggles for rights:Cases of political solidarity between Colombian and Spanish organizations, Voluntas. 10.1007/s11266-015-9598-7.

Boni Aristizábal, A. & Calabuig-Tormo, C.Enhancing pro-public-good professionalism in technical studies, Higher Education 2016, 71, 6:791-804. 10.1007/s10734-015-9916-4

A. Frediani, A. Boni and Des Gasper  "Approaching Development Projects from a Human Development and Capability Perspective", Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 2014, 15:1, 1-12.

Books and book chapters

- Velasco, D., Boni, A., & Chalela, S. (2021), Developing Transformative Innovation Through Policy Experimentation in Two Colombian Universities. In Science, Technology, and Higher Education (pp. 181-204). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
- A. Boni  and A.A. Frediani (2021), Expanding capabilities through participatory action research in The Cambridge Handbook of the Capability Approach, Martinetti, Osmani and Quizilbash (eds), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 477-495.
- Boruncle, Imbach, Zamora, Urueña and Boni  (2021), Building Local Strategies for the adaptation to climate change of farming livelihoods. Review of a participatory approach in Mesoamerica in Lachapelle, Gutierréz-Montes and Butler (eds) Community Capacity and Resilience in Latin America, Routledge, New York/London. Pp.32-51.
- M. Walker and A. Boni (ed.) (2020), Participatory Research, Capabilities and Epistemic Justice. A transformative agenda for higher education, Palgrave McMillan, Springer, Switzerland.

- Boni, Belda-Miquel y Calabuig, 2020, Educación para la ciudadaniá global crítica, Sintésis, Madrid.

- Boni, A y M. Walker (2016), Universities and Global Human Development. Theoretical and empirical insights for social change, World Sustainability Series,  Routledge,  London
- Boni and Walker, (eds.) (2013) Human Development and Capabilities. Re-imagining the university of the twenty-first century, Routledge.






  1. Adrián A. Díaz-Faes, Óscar Llopis, Pablo D'Este, Jordi Molas-Gallart
    Research Evaluation,
    Vol: rvad003 - pags 1 - 15


  1. Oscar Llopis, Pablo D'Este, Maureen McKelvey, Alfredo Yegros
    Vol: 110 - pags 1 - 13
  2. Raúl Tabarés; Alejandra Boni
    International Journal of Technology and Design Education,
    Vol: - pags 1 - 20
  3. Lorenzo Napolitano, Angelica Sbardella, Davide Consoli, Nicolò Barbieri, François Perruchas
    Structural Change and Economic Dynamics,
    Vol: - pags 1 - 36
  4. Elisa Salvador, Elena Castro-Martínez, Ana Maria Botella-Nicolás, Rosa Isusi-Fagoaga
    International Journal of Arts Management,
    Vol: 24 - pags 4 -
  5. Francisco González-Sala, Julia Osca-Lluch
    Papeles del Psicólogo Psychologist Papers,
    Vol: 43 - pags 81 - 89
  6. Mónica García-Melón,Tomás Gómez-Navarro, Hannia Gonzalez-Urango y Carmen Corona-Sobrino
    Central European Journal of Operations Research,
    Vol: - pags 1 - 30
  7. Irene Ramos-Vielba, Nicolas Robinson-Garcia, Richard Woolley
    Plos One,
    Vol: 17 - pags 1 - 23
  8. Rachel Bezner Kerr, Lars Otto Naess, Bridget Allen-O’Neil, Edmond Totin, Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong, Camilla Risvoll, Marta G. Rivera Ferre, Feliu López-i-Gelats, Siri Eriksen
    Global Change Biology,
    Vol: 00 - pags 1 - 25
  9. Hamed Vagheei, Alex Laini, Paolo Vezza, Guillermo Palau-Salvador, Fulvio Boano
    Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies ,
    Vol: 42 - pags 1 - 15
  10. Melanie Walker, Alejandra Boni, Carmen Martinez-Vargas, Melis Cin
    Journal of Human Development and Capabilities,
    Vol: 23 - pags 1 - 7
  11. Sandra Ezquerra, Marina Di Masso Tarditti, Marta G. Rivera Ferre
  12. Sergio Belda-Miquel, Victoria Pellicer-Sifres, Alejandra Boni
    Eure : Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Urbanos Regionales,
    Vol: 48 - pags 1 - 23
  13. Monique Leivas Vargas, Marta Maicas-Pérez, Carmen Monge-Hernández, Álvaro Fernández-Baldor
    Journal of Human Development and Capabilities,
    Vol: 23 - pags 50 - 72
  14. Irene Ramos Vielba, Nicolás Robinson García, Richard Woolley
    PLoS ONE,
    Vol: 16 - pags 1 - 23
  15. Fabrizio Fusillo, Davide Consoli, Francesco Quatraro
    Economic Geography,
    Vol: - pags 1 - 27
  16. Lilia Constanza Molano-Bernal, Leidy Patricia Tibaduiza-Castañeda, Germán Andrés Aguilera-Arango, Dubert Yamil Cañar-Serna, José David Barberá-Tomas
    Revista Científica Agroecosistemas,
    Vol: 10 - pags 88 - 95
  17. Monique Leivas Vargas, Alejandra Boni Aristizábal, Lina María Zuluaga García
    Journal of Global Ethics ,
    Vol: - pags 1 - 20
  18. Marta Rivera-Ferre
    Metode Science Studies Journal,
    Vol: 12 - pags 131 - 135
  19. Elena Castro Martínez, Carolina Cañibano Sánchez, Elea Giménez Toledo, Julia Olmos Peñuela, François Perruchas
    Informe ANECA,
    Vol: - pags 1 - 100
  20. Enrique Meseguer, David Barberá-Tomás, Carlos Benito-Amat, Adrián A. Díaz-Faes, Luis Martí-Bonmatí
    European Journal of Radiology,
    Vol: 146 - pags 1 - 8
  21. Oscar Llopis, Pablo D'Este
    Journal of product innovation management,
    Vol: - pags 1 - 23
  22. Federica Cappelli, Caterina Conigliani, Davide Consoli, Valeria Costantini, Elena Paglialunga
    Economía Política,
    Vol: - pags 1 - 44
  23. Rocio Poveda-Bautista, Hannia Gonzalez-Urango, Edison Ramírez-Olivares, Jose-Antonio Diego-Mas
    Vol: 2022 - pags 1 - 15
  24. Francisco González-Sala, Yana Silivestru, Julia Osca-Lluch, Manuel Martí-Vilar
    Revista Española de Documentación Científica,
    Vol: 45 - pags -


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    Ana María Gómez-Aguayo, Joaquín M. Azagra-Caro, Carlos Benito-Amat
  2.   Research impact seen from the user side
    Jordi Molas-Gallart, Richard Woolley
  3.   Personality and affects: Researchers with emotional intelligence
    Laura Hernando-Jorge, Joaquín M. Azagra-Caro, Ana M. Tur Porcar
  4.   Academic artists' engagement and commercialisation
    Joaquín M. Azagra-Caro, Carlos Benito-Amat, Ester Planells-Aleixandre
  5.   From emotion to motivation: the role of social support for researchers
    Ana Tur-Porcar, Andrés Salas-Vallina, Joaquín M. Azagra-Caro
  6.   Blue uncertainty: Warding off systemic risks in the Anthropocene - Lessons from COVID-19
    Pablo F. Méndez
  7.   New industrial policy and the role of executive agencies at the subnational level
    Pedro Marques
  8.   Exporting but still poor: the challenges of regional development in regions with mature industries
    Pedro Marques, David Barberá-Tomás
  9.   Indicadores de Participación Ciudadana desde una perspectiva de responsabilidad en la ciencia y la innovación: el caso español
    Mónica García-Melón, Hannia González-Urango
  10.   Fiction Lagging Behind Or Non-Fiction Defending The Indefensible? University-Industry (et al.) Interaction In Science Fiction
    Joaquín M. Azagra-Caro, Laura González-Salmerón, Pedro Marques
  11.   Indicadores de género desde una perspectiva de responsabilidad social en la ciencia y la innovación: el caso español.
    Paula Otero-Hermida
  12.   Innovation from science: the role of network content and legitimacy ties
    Pablo D’Este, Óscar Llopis, Maureen Mc Kelvey, Alfredo Yegros
  13.   Connections matter: the influence of network sparseness, network diversity and a tertius iungens orientation on innovation
    Óscar Llopis, Pablo D’Este, Adrián A. Díaz-Faes
  14.   Research & Innovation in Spain 2016
    Ana Fernández-Zubieta, Irene Ramos-Vielba
  15.   From brawn to brains: manufacturing-KIBS interdependency
    Dioni Elche, Davide Consoli, Mabel Sánchez-Barrioluengo
  16.   A Functional Review of Literature on Research Careers
    Richard Woolley, Carolina Cañibano, Jakob Tesch
  17.   Exploring connections between social innovation, grassroots processes and human development: an analysis of alternative food networks in the city of Valencia (Spain)
    Victoria Pellicer Sifres, Sergio Belda Miquel, Aurora López Fogués, Alejandra Boni Aristizábal
  18.   Challenging traditional logics of energy planning: a Capability Approach analysis of a Grassroots Innovation in the Ecuadorian Amazon
    María Ten Palomares
  19.   Regional Human Capital and University Orientation: A case study on Spain
    Mabel Sánchez-Barrioluengo, Davide Consoli
  20.   ‘Shaken, but not stirred’: six decades defining social innovation
    Mónica Edwards-Schachter, Matthew L. Wallace
  21.   Who do you care about? Scientists’ personality traits and perceived beneficiary impact
    Óscar Llopis, Joaquín M. Azagra-Caro
  22.   The impact of one of the most highly cited university patents: formalisation and localization
    Joaquín M. Azagra-Caro, David Barberá-Tomás, Mónica Edwards-Schachter
  23.   A Taxonomy of Multi-Industry Labour Force Skills
    Davide Consoli, Francesco Rentocchini
  24.   Agglomerations and firm performance: how does it work, who benefits and how much?
    Jose-Luis Hervas-Oliver, Francisca Sempere-Ripoll
  25.   Resolving tensions of research utilization: The value of a usability-based approach
    Paul Benneworth, Julia Olmos-Peñuela
  26.   Clusters and industrial districts: where is the literature going? Identifying emerging sub-fields of research
    Jose Luis Hervas Oliver, Gregorio Gonzalez and Pedro Caja
  27.   Explaining researchers’ readiness to incorporate external stimuli in their research agendas
    Julia Olmos Peñuela, Paul Benneworth, Elena Castro-Martínez
  28.   Acceso al conocimiento público universitario en España: patrones geográficos - Access to universities’ public knowledge in Spain: geographical patterns
    Joaquín M. Azagra-Caro
  29.   Examiner amendments to applications to the european patent office: Procedures, knowledge bases and country specificities
    Joaquín M. Azagra-Caro and Elena M. Tur
  30.   Access to universities’ public knowledge: Who’s more regionalist?
    Manuel Acosta, Joaquín M. Azagra-Caro, Daniel Coronado

























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