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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 EH8 9 LD
Research Interests
Well-being, Community Development, Rights-based Approaches, Asset-based Approaches, Social Inequality, Research methods, Participation, Research Ethics

PhD Title

Enhancing the well-being of communities at disadvantage: changing the people or changing the system?

Research Interests

In my work, I have faced a recurrent question: how can communities at disadvantage enhance their well-being? Two  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.

My research aims to explore how asset and rights based approaches may influence the well-being of communities facing disdavantage accross three dimensions: material, social and personal.


Elke Heins

Jan Eichhorn

Akwugo Emejulu


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 Palma, C (2018) Conflict resolution in community development: Are the benefits worth the costs?. Critical Social Policy. See online publication at

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

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