Raquel Lujan Soto

PhD candidate

PhD candidate since 2017

Soil and Water Conservation Research Group at CEBAS-CSIC

Institute of Sociology and Peasant Studies at University of Cordoba

PhD Research topic

Participatory action research on regenerative agriculture for climate change adaptation and mitigation



  • MSc in Organic Agriculture, specialization in Agroecology at Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and Federal University of Viçosa (Brazil)
  • MSc and BSc in Environmental Science at University of Valencia (Spain)
  • Leonardo da Vinci fellowship at The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)


Former positions

  • Researcher in the Soil and Water Conservation Research Group at CEBAS-CSIC (2016)
  • Researcher trainee in The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) (2013)

Research Interests

  • The benefits of sustainable land management and agroecology based practices on providing soil ecosystem services
  • Agroforestry, syntropyc agriculture and complex multristata system design to restore the functionality of large scale agroecosystems
  • Participatory action research and capacity building
  • Ecofeminism and rural gender studies

Selected publications

Morriën, E., Hannula, S.E., Snoek, L.B., Helmsing, N.R., Zweers, H., de Hollander, M., Luján Soto, R., (…) van der Putten, W.M., 2017. Soil networks become more connected and take up more carbon as nature restoration progresses. Nature Communications8: 14349.