Dr Inmaculada Adarves-Yorno

Senior Lecturer in Leadership Studies

Research area

My main research areas revolves around authentic leadership, change agency, social identity and mindfulness.

What is the name of your current research project, and what does it focus on?

My latest research programme is Mindfulness within and beyond the individual which has three overarching research questions:  (1) What is the impact of mindfulness on the individual (2) What is the impact of mindfulness on our relationship with others and (3) what is the impact that others have on our mindfulness practice and progress?

Some aspects of the first question are discussed in my TEDx talk “Using Mindfulness to Move Forward”

Who are the core members of your team?

We have two great researchers Dr. Michelle Mahdon and Leonie Schueltke and a fantastic project manager Sharon Gove.

What other institutions/partners are involved in the project?

For the mindfulness work we collaborate with Geoff Haddock from Cardiff University and I am part of their mindfulness research group.

We are also collaborating with Headspace who is a fantastic partner for our research studies.

Regarding applied research and impact work we are collaborating with the African Prisons Project and the Kenyan Prisons Services. Currently we are working in four prisons with an enthusiastic team of staff and inmates. In my last visit I worked with almost 360 people.

From our mindful Leaders work we recently started collaborating with Mindful Leaders Ltd. founded by Tom Kambouris. See the Mindful Leaders blog.

What impact do you hope the research will have?

The impact that our research is having is extraordinary. One of the impact project is the creation of the inner rehabilitation programme which lies at the intersection of my work on social identity and mindfulness. This programme is called Inner Rehabilitation for two reasons. Firstly, it comprises techniques, tools and practices for rehabilitating the inner self. And for that purpose, inmates learn how to deal mindfully with their mind and their emotions. Secondly, the rehabilitation is mostly done among prisoners. That is, a great proportion of the mindfulness training is done by inmates for other inmates.

What are the potential challenges involved in your research?

There are many challenges but we face them with a smile and we transform them in opportunities. Conducting longitudinal and applied research is very complex in itself if you add into the equation the prison context the challenges become enriching to say the least.

Who are the core members of your team?

We have two great researchers Dr. Michelle Mahdon and Leonie Schueltke and a fantastic project manager Sharon Gove.