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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Cristina Asenjo-Palma

Cristina Asenjo-Palma
Cristina Asenjo-Palma
Social Policy School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Well-being, Community Development, Rights-based Approaches, Asset-based Approaches, Mixed Methods, Conflict Resolution

PhD Title

Enhancing Community Well-being: A matter of Assets or Rights?

Research Interests

My research aims to explore how community well-being can be more effectively enhanced. Two main approaches lead the development practice in Scotland. The asset based approach seeks to help people develop skills to address difficulties by themselves. The rights based approach seeks to help people make governments accountable for addressing the structural barriers to well-being. Whilst a combination of both approaches may be ideal, my practice has rarely seen these two combined. Organisations funded by states do not tend to campaign and campaigning organisations do not tend to provide skills development services.

My PhD empirically compares the impact that asset and rights based approaches have on community well-being to asses which is more effective.


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Jan Eichhorn


2015  MSc Community Education (Distinction), The University of Edinburgh, UK.

2013  PgDip Conflict Resolution Studies, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

1999  BA Social Education, University Complutense of Madrid, Spain.


2016-2019 ESRC Doctoral Scholarship

2011 -2012 Asian University for Women Research Grant

1996-1999 Universidad Complutense Scholarship


 Asenjo, C (2015), Rethinking the Relationship with the State. Concept, 6 (1), 11.

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Asenjo, C (2014), Mediación Intercultural y Liderazgo. Una Experiencia en Bangladesh. Revista de Educación Social, 18.

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