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José Arnáez Vadillo

José Arnáez Vadillo

He was born in Haro (La Rioja) in 1957 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and History from the University of Zaragoza and a PhD in Geography from the University of La Laguna. He is currently a Professor of Physical Geography at the University of La Rioja.

He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of La Rioja from  2012 to 2016 and has held several other academic positions: President of the Assembly of Vice-Chancellors of the 9 Group of Universities (2015-2016),President of the Campus Iberus of International Excellence (the University of Zaragoza, the University of Lleida, the Public University of Navarra and the University of La Rioja) (2015-16) and, in the framework of the Conference of Vice-Chancellors of Spanish Universities (CRUE in Spanish), he was elected by the General Assembly as President of the CRUE Sectorial Committee for Student Affairs (2015-2016).

He was previously the Head of the Department of Human and Social Sciences (the University of La Rioja) (2008-2012) and Director of the Centre for Human, Legal and Social Sciences (University of La Rioja) (1992-1993). He has actively participated (in different commissions) in the process of the adaptation of the University of La Rioja to the European Higher Education Area and is currently a member of the State School Council of Spain.

He has taught on Bachelor’s Degrees, Master’s Degrees and Doctoral Study  programmes at the University of Zaragoza (University College of Logroño), the University of La Laguna (University College of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) and the University of La Rioja. He has organized and participated in more than fifty courses and seminars on questions related to Geography and the Environment for different universities, institutions and organisms.

His research experience is concentrated on subjects related to the consequences of human activities on environmental systems: soil erosion, desertification, environmental hydrology, rural development, cartography and GIS, and landscape evolution. The results of this research have been 185 scientific publications, many of which have been included in international journals with a high impact factor. He is the main editor of the scientific journal 'Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica'  which is included on the main databases (WoS, Scopus and Scimago) and he has participated in international research projects on a European, national and regional level, in many of which he was the Senior Researcher.

He also works as a scientific advisor on National Projects for the Spanish National Agency for Evaluation and Forecasting (ANEP in Spanish) at the Ministry of Education and Science, different regional agencies and national and international scientific journals. He has been called to speak as an expert by different commissions of the Spanish Senate and the European Parliament.

From the perspective of scientific management, he has been President of the Group on Physical Geography of the Spanish Geographers Association (2006-2010), a Member of the Technical Commission of the Research and Technological Development Plan for La Rioja (Government of La Rioja) (2004-2007) and Secretary of the Governing Council of the Spanish Geomorphology Society (1994-1996).