Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM)
The Master in Project Planning of Rural Development and Sustainable Management is an official Master of the POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF MADRID (www.upm.es). The Master is fully integrated in the European Space for Higher Education, offering an international Master degree valid in all states, signed by the Bologna Declaration.
Centers, where Master’s Program is given. The Master is developed in the facilities of the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos (www.etsia.upm.es) and the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Montes (www.etsim.upm.es)

Research groups

The Master is organized by the following UPM’s research groups:

The Research Group in Planning and Sustainable Management of Rural/Local Development was created within the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) in 2006 under the direction of Adolfo Cazorla Montero. It gathers a group of professors and researchers who have been working in the area of Projects and Planning for Sustainable Rural Development of communities during the last 20 years. Among the members of the group are young researchers and professionals from agricultural engineering, industrial engineering and economics disciplines who combine their teaching and research with an intense professional life. This group of experts has varied experience in planning and development management, program evaluation, project management and the problems associated with the sub-development of rural zones.

The objective of the Group is to approach the problems around rural/local development in an interdisciplinary way, both in terms of dramatic situations that are lived in developing countries and specific problematic situations of more disadvantaged regions of developed countries.

Since the group’s creation, research has been continuous, as well as contact and collaboration with other researchers and Spanish, European and American university groups. The interest of the group is based on the following objectives:
To promote research and cooperation spaces in European, American and Latin-American areas.
To share experiences and collaborate with other groups with common interest, principle and research lines.
To facilitate contact, interchange and continuance of other researchers in the Polytechnic University of Madrid.


The Group of Technology Research and Methods for Sustainable Management is made up of professionals of two schools of the Polytechnic University of Madrid. They are:

Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Montes
Escuela Universitaria de Ingeniería Técnica Forestal

Dwork of the group focuses on the environmental aspects, technologies and methods for sustainable management of the territories and their diversity. There are a large number of researchers within the group. Of particular note is Antonio García Abril, a responsible field and collaborative researcher. With this wide group of professionals, several actions lines are developed as follows:
Ecology and sustainable forest management.
Modeling and simulation of natural processes.
Landscape ecology and town and country planning.
Implementation of quantitative methods in natural systems.
Acquisition and treatment of information through GIS and remote sensing.
Design, planning and management of natural areas.

Master’s collaborative entities

The following institutions collaborate in the Master:


Stanford University (USA)

The GESPLAN Group has collaborated with professors of this university in studies related to evaluation of programs and development projects. Some researchers in the group have been trained at this university.

University of Montpellier (France)
The GESPLAN Group collaborates with Montpellier University in several European initiatives of international training. Among them is a joint European PhD Program.
University of Postdam (Germany)
This university develops several researches in earth sciences and life sciences through the School of Natural Sciences.
Colegio de Posgraduados (México)
Together with the Colegio de Postfraduados, the GESPLAN Group has developed training projects at the postgraduate level, as well as several rural development projects in several Mexican states.

Universidad de Piura (Perú)
This university is the link to the GESPLAN Group in South America. Several joint training activities have been developed in the field of project management, educational innovation and rural development.
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (Spain)
The Institute of Economics, Geography and Demography of the CSIC collaborates with the GESPLAN Group in the development of projects and scientific studies in the rural development field. Their experience on human geography complements other, more technical perspectives.
USDA Forest Service (USA)
Created in 1905, the USDA Forest Service is the institution responsible for the management of public areas in the United States. It has a wide international projection due to its support of research projects and forest management in 59 countries.

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