Dr Inmaculada Adarves-Yorno
Senior Lecturer in Leadership Studies
+44 (0) 1392 722588
Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK
Since 2007 Dr. Adarves-Yorno has been exploring what areas resonate not only with her intellect but with her whole self. She is particularly interested in the contradictions between our inner and outer lives, some of which are reflected in her work on paradoxes of authentic leaders.
Since 2011 she has been working on change agency. She has been studying their resources, challenges and influence and has used a conscious personal development system for their training. This work is informed by her authentic leadership approach as well as by the social identity approach. The development program actively seeks to restructure the personal infrastructure of change agents while also allows them to understand and utilise their social infrastructure. One of her newest projects is done in collaboration with the African Prison System and revolves around developing authentic leaders and change agents in the Ugandan and Kenyan Prison System.
A key element of her leadership and change agency training revolves around Mindfulness. Her research is exploring, among other things, the impact of mindfulness on areas such as resilience, uncertainty and identity. Furthermore, she is working on a research project “Mindfulness within and beyond the individual” which looks at the identity and socio-contextual factors that impact on our motivations to engage with mindfulness practice. Finally she is co-creating self-discovery and Mindfulness handbooks which will be tailored for a range of people ranging from business students to prisoners in Kenya.
Dr. Inmaculada Adarves-Yorno started conducting research in 1996. She has worked and collaborated in a wide range of topics (including ‘perverse norms‘, discrimination, affirmative action, social influence, framing, leadership and health related behaviour) with a number of researchers from Europe and Australia.
Some of her previous research legacy revolves around developing the Social Identity Approach to Creativity together with Prof. Alex Haslam and Prof. Tom Postmes. They have published a range of high impact papers on this area, including a paper in Personality and Social Psychology Review and articles in the Scientific American Mind.
As a practitioner, Dr. Adarves-Yorno worked for over five years as an organisational psychologist (CEO advisor and HR manager) for an engineering company in Spain. She has particular expertise in areas such as leadership, organisational commitment, communication, performance and employee wellbeing.
BSc in Psychology, MSc in Social Psychology (University Autonoma, Madrid),
MSc in Psychological Research Methods, PhD (Exeter University)
- Sustainability change agents
- Environmental identity
- Paradoxes of authentic leadership development
Past research (selected)
- Creativity and innovation
- Leadership and wellbeing
- Time affluence, material affluence and wellbeing
Past Research Projects
- “New Approach to Creativity and Innovation in Organisations”, funded by Economic and Social Research Council ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2005)
- “Understanding Sustainability Change agents”, funded by Exeter Business School, Seedcorn Fund (2012). Also supported by Research and Knowledge Transfer Link Fund (2012 Embercombe http://www.embercombe.co.uk/ and 2014-Environment Agency http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/ )
- “Developing sustainability change agents” supported by Research and Knowledge Transfer Link Fund (2013-Schumacher College http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/ )
- “Sustainability Change Agents: are their sustainability values a driving force or barrier to change?”
- “When and how do Sustainability Change Agents influence others?”
- “Balancing the tensions: using organisational theory to inform business practice”, funded by Economic and Social Research Council ESRC, Seminar Series (2006)
Publications by category
Publications by year
Awards and Honours
- 2009 Rising Star Award (teaching excellence) Exeter University
- 2008 Merit award (performance excellence) Exeter University
- 2007 Merit award (performance excellence) Exeter University
- 2006 ESRC Seminar Series award (ref: RES-451-25-4271) with (Alex Haslam).
- 2005 Award from the ESRC (ref: PTA-026-27-01166) of a 1 year Postdoctoral Fellowship.
- 2001 Award from the ESRC (ref: 2001-05-0526) of a 3 years PhD scholarship (fees only). - This scholarship was rejected in favour of the scholarship from Exeter University.
Award from the University of Exeter, School of Psychology of a 4 year PhD scholarship.
- 2000 Award from the British Council-La Caixa of one year MSc scholarship at University of Exeter. UK.
- 1998 Award from the Spanish Ministry of Work and Social Issues of two-year scholarship at the Health Department of the National Women Institute. Madrid, Spain.
- 1996 Award from the Spanish Ministry of Culture of a research scholarship at the Social Psychology Department. University Autonoma of Madrid. Spain.
Conferences and invited presentations
- Development for Top Leaders (October 2006). Corporate Research Forum
- Leadership and Teams: a social identity perspective (May 2007). CELEX
Ad hoc reviewer for the following journals:
- Management Learning
- Human Relations
- Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
- British Journal of Social Psychology
- International Journal of Psychology
- European Journal of Social Psychology.
- Academy of Management
- Culture & Organization Journal
- Journal of Management Spirituality and religion
External PhD examiner
- (2007) Sharyn Herzig “the role of middle managers in organizational change”. University of Queensland
- (2009) Cláudia Moreira Martins “Transformational leadership and gender in military organizations”. Complutense University of Madrid