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  SANCHEZ ALMODOVAR, ESTHER

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SANCHEZ ALMODOVAR, ESTHER

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Holder of an Undergraduate Degree in Geography and Land Planning (2017), a Master’s Degree in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards (2018) and a Master’s Degree in Secondary, Upper Secondary, Vocational and Language Teaching (2021) from the University of Alicante.

Currently a predoctoral researcher at the University of Alicante, where she is undertaking her doctoral thesis on a University Faculty Training grant, awarded by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Her research focuses on a variety of geographical issues, such as natural hazards, climate change, water resources and vulnerability analysis. Author of the book Inundaciones y ordenación urbana en Aspe (Alicante). La gestión de un problema histórico en un contexto de cambio climático (“Floods and urban planning in Aspe, Alicante. The management of a historical problem in a climate change context”).

She received the Special Award for Best Academic Performance in the Master’s Degree in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards at the University of Alicante (2017-2018 academic year). Recipient of several awards for her research on geographical issues at regional and local level: 1st Nueva Geografía Valenciana Award for the Best Undergraduate Thesis (Spanish Association of Geographers, 2017); 2nd prize at the 14th Manuel Cremades Research Awards (2017); 1st prize at the 15th Manuel Cremades Research Awards (2019); a research assistantship from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports at the Department of Regional Geographic Analysis and Physical Geography, in the Physical Geography area, during the 2016-2017 academic year; and a grant to support works on the SDGs at the University of Alicante while she was undertaking her master’s thesis as part of the Master’s Degree in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards (2018). Her master’s thesis, titled Recursos hídricos no convencionales en Aspe: un modelo local de gestión integrada del riesgo de inundación y del aprovechamiento conjunto de aguas residuales y de la escorrentía urbana (“Unconventional water resources in Aspe: a local model of comprehensive flood hazard management and of the joint utilisation of sewage and urban run-off“) earned her a distinction. Finally, she participated in the drafting of the report Riesgos ambientales en la comarca de la Vega Baja del Segura (“Environmental hazards in the Vega Baja del Segura county”) for the Vega Baja Territorial Action Plan.