My PhD developed an integrated assessment of water governance in two semiarid watersheds conceptualized as social-ecological systems. I operationalized the framework of the Water Metabolism through the Multi-scale Analysis of Societal and Ecosystems Metabolism (MuSIASEM) accounting for the use of resources, discourse analysis and public policy assessment. I focused on the implementation of water policies at the basin level, assessing its effectiveness through both perceptions and biophysical outcomes. The epistemological frame is a constructivist approach to complexity, recognizing the influence I exercise as observer and story-teller over the realities I study, and that my perception is just one more in the sea of ​​multiple subjectivities surrounding water resources degradation.


Cabello V., Hernandez-Mora N., Serrat-Capdevila A., del Moral L., Curley E. 2016. Water use and sustainability in the Tucson basin: implications of a spatially neutral approach to groundwater management. In Gupta H., Gupta M.,Poupeau F., Serrat-Capdevila A., (Eds) Water in the Desert. A transatlantic transdisciplinary dialogue.

Aleix Serrat-Capdevila, Violeta Cabello, Franck Poupeau, Kremena Boyanova, Nuria Hernandez-Mora, Zhao Yang, Natalia Limones, Brian O’Neill, Sergio Segura, Eliza Benites, Rositsa Yaneva, Murielle Coeurdray, Joan Cortinas, Kristin Kuhn, Susan Harris, Maria Sans-Fuentes, Ed Curley, Hoshin Gupta, Leandro del Moral, Juan Valdes, Graciela Schneier-Madanes, Owen King, Dulce B.B. Rodrigues, Gloria Salmoral. 2016. The Tucson Case Study: Bringing all the stories together. In Gupta H., Gupta M., Poupeau F., Serrat-Capdevila A., (Eds)Water in the Desert. A transatlantic transdisciplinary dialogue.

Cabello, V. Willaarts, B., Aguilar, M., and del Moral, L. 2015. River basins as social-ecological systems: Linking levels of societal and ecosystem metabolism of water in a semiarid watershed. Ecology and Society 20(3):20.

Pedregal B., Cabello V., Hernandez-Mora N., Limones N. and del Moral, L. 2015. Information and knowledge for water governance in the networked society. Water Alternatives 8(2):1-19.

Hernandez-Mora N., Cabello V., di Stefano, L. and del Moral, L. 2015. Networked water citizen organizations in Spain: Potential for transformation of existing power structures for water management. Water Alternatives 8(2): 99-124.

Cabello Villarejo, V., Madrid Lopez, C. 2014. Water use in arid rural systems and the integration of water and agricultural policies in Europe: the case of Andarax river basin. Environment, Development and Sustainability 16(4):957–975.

Ravera F., Gamboa G., Scheidel A., Dell’Angelo J., Serrano T., Mingorría S., Cabello V., Ariza P., Arizpe N. 2014. Pathways of rural change: An integrated assessment of the metabolic patterns of emerging ruralities. Environment, Development and Sustainability 16(4):1-10

Madrid C., Cabello V., Giampietro M. 2013. Water-Use Sustainability in Socio-Ecological Systems: A Multiscale Integrated Approach. BioScience. 63(1):14-24.

Madrid C., Cabello V. 2011. Re-opening the black box in societal metabolism: the application of MuSIASEM to water ICTA working paper




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