María Máñez Costa works at the Department of Transfer and Capacity Building and leads the work on system dynamics modelling. She is trained as a physical geographer with a PhD in agricultural economics.
She applies system thinking and analysis to support climate services development. María is an expert in participatory modelling and has been working in the last 20 years on the development of participatory processes and models. Her research focuses on innovative transdisciplinary approaches to support the transitions to resilient societies. Her work repeatedly lies at the interface between science and society. Topic-wise, María works on adaptation themes as water management under drought conditions, urban resilience, agri-environmental services, or nature based solutions. María has been involved in the development of the field of climate services since 2009.
Since the academic year 2013, she is a visiting professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and teaches Participatory Modelling and System Dynamics successfully. She also supervises PhDs and Master Students in different institutions.
María has a strong international network. Additionally she has been part of the leading team of several international networking initiatives (Climate Service Partnership and Earth League). María has lead several research groups within different institutions and is principal investigator of 6 different EU (FP7 and H2020) projects. She has also expertise as FP7 and H2020 evaluator and as consultant for different international institutions.
María is also Principal Investigator of following projects: