José Rafael Muñoz-Rojas Morenés

José Rafael Muñoz-Rojas Morenés

Landscape Dynamics and Management, Integrated in MED
Landscape Dynamics and Management
Integrated in MED


In 2010 I completed my PhD in the Spatial Planning of Mediterranean Rural Landscapes at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain). Between 2009 and 2015 I worked as a Spatial and Land-Use Planner at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland. During that period I acted as technical and scientific liaison between land-use and landscape research and the territorial policies of the Scottish Government. Since September 2015 I have worked as a Researcher (Investigador Auxiliar Convidado) at the University of Évora (Portugal), where between 2020 and 2022 I led the Landscape Dynamics and Management Research Group of the MED-Mediterran Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development ( Currently, I am also assistant professor of rural geography and landscape ecology at the department of Landscape, Environment and Planning of this same university. The main objective of my research is to devise novel approaches to tackle complex social-ecological challenges in Mediterranean and other European rural landscapes and territories. My academic and professional backgrounds have evolved from an original focus on unraveling the complexity of land-use and landscapes, using Geographic Information Technologies and modeling (UG and Msc), towards envisioning more sustainable and resilient governance options for rural Land Use and Landscapes (Phd and post-doc). To tackle the challenges raised, I adopt an inter-and trans-disciplinary approach. I have developed and implemented numerous methods and techniques, both quantitative, and qualitative. Among the former, I have worked with Spatial Analysis, Uncertainty and Complexity Modeling, Object-Based Programming, and Landscape and Land Use Modeling. Among the latter, I have developed Surveys, Interviews, Focus Groups and Participatory Workshops, and Policy Impact Assessments. Last, I am also a member of the editorial board for the indexed journal Landscape Ecology ( and of the executive committee of the International Association of Landscape Ecology-Europe (

Present Research
  • Governance
  • Landuse
  • Landscapes
  • Modeling
  • Rural
  • Mediterrâneo
Research Interests
  • Rural
  • Mediterranean
  • Governance
  • Land-Use
  • Modelling
  • Landscape

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Thematic lines to which I contribute:
Agro-silvo-pastoral System - Montado
Olive Groves & Olive Oil
Rural Dynamics & Governance
Biodiversity & Ecosystem Functioning
Viticulture & Enology
Irrigated Agriculture

Publications & Patents



Project Funding Lead Institution Role Start End Scope
Sustainolive - Novel approaches to promote the SUSTAInability of OLIVE cultivation in the Mediterranean European Commission | PRIMA Program Universidad de Jaén MED Representative 2019-06-01 2023-05-31 Internacional
TERRANOVA - The European Landscape Learning Initiative: Past and Future Environments and Energy Regimes shaping Policy Tools European Commission – H2020 Program Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam MED Representative 2019-04-01 2023-03-31 Internacional
LIAISON - Better Rural Innovation: Linking Actors, Instruments and Policies through Networks European Commission – H2020 Program Hochschule Fur Nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde MED Representative 2018-05-01 2022-04-30 Internacional
LIFE Olivares Vivos + - Increasing the impact of Olivares Vivos in the EU European Commission - LIFE Program Sociedad Española de Ornitología (SEO)(Espanha) MED Representative 2021-09-01 2026-09-30 Internacional
OLEAdapt - Estrategia de Gestão de Pragas para a Resiliência e Sustentabilidade da Olivicultura Face as Alterações Climáticas FCT - Projetos de IC&DT em todos os Domínios Científicos - 2020 Universidade de Évora MED Representative 2021-01-01 2023-12-31 Nacional
SHOWCASE - SHOWCASing synergies between agriculture. biodiversity and Ecosystem services to help farmers capitalising on native biodiversity European Commission - H2020 Program Wageningen University(Holanda) MED Representative 2020-11-01 2025-10-31 Internacional
SOLVO – SOLuções baseadas em cobertura do solo com mulch e biochar procedentes de resíduos do lagar para reverter processos de desertificação nos oliVais do MediterrâneO. FCT - Projetos de IC&DT em todos os Domínios Científicos - 2022 Universidade de Évora Participant 2023-01-01 2025-12-31 Nacional
Agenda Mobilizadora: Driving Sustainable Growth Through Smart Innovation (Vine and Wine Portugal) Gran Cruz Porto-Sociedade Comercial de Vinhos Lda Participant 2022-07-22 2025-12-31 Nacional