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Dr Lourdes Valencia Torres

Advisor, Local Places & Communities

Lourdes is an Advisor at the Local Places and Communities team and is based in Manchester. Lourdes works on all areas of policy including early years, homelessness, health, employment, and environment. Her area of expertise lies in applying experimental psychology and research methodology to guide policy.

Prior to joining BIT, she worked as a research scientist for the University of Aberdeen, University of Cambridge and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Her research focused on the behavioural and neural substrates of impulsive control disorders such as binge eating and pathological gambling. In 2017, she was named in Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico for her research in the field of Neuroscience. Lourdes holds a BSc in Psychology from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience from the University of Nottingham.