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Nestor Valero-Silva

Nestor Valero-Silva

Principal Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Human Resource Management

Role

Néstor is a Principal Lecturer in HRM and leads the PhD Programme, as the School’s Postgraduate Research Tutor. He is also the Deputy Chair of the University Research Degrees Committee (URDC), which oversees the University’s research degrees provision.

Néstor is a Co-Investigator, and the Chair of the Ethics Board Committee, in the €4M Marie-Curie Horizon2020 Smart-BEEjS (2919-2023) project on Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) and systemic thinking. The project is a consortium of eight universities and research centres, supported by 16 non-academic entities, in the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, Austria, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland. The consortium provides training and personal and professional development for 15 doctoral students from different academic backgrounds who will be reading towards their own PhD degrees in relation to PEDs. They are supported by a carefully chosen supervisory team that maximises academic excellence as well as interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral collaboration.

He also delivers the NTU Doctoral School’s module on the MPhil/PhD viva voce examination, the University’s MPhil/PhD supervision training, and organises the annual NTU Research Students’ Research Festival. Most recently, he prepared the initial Doctoral School’s Success for All (SfA) strategy design and implementation.

In addition, Néstor is a member of the College’s Research Degrees Committees (CRDC), and of the College’s Research Ethics Committees (CREC).  Néstor has supervised over ten PhD and DBA students in different fields from a systemsthinking perspective, incorporating qualitative and poststructuralist (critical systems) approaches. Néstor is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Career overview

After graduating as a chemical engineer Néstor worked in the petrochemical and ceramics industries, as an engineer then as a Personnel Manager, while reading for a PGDip in HRM. He then read for an MA (Distinction) and a PhD in Systems Thinking at the University of Hull. He also attended the Programme on Negotiation, Executive Education, at Harvard.

He held academic posts at the Universities of Hull and Lincoln before joining the Nottingham Business School.

Néstor has taught business ethics (CSR; sustainability; diversity), research methods, human resources, and systems thinking in several undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the UK and overseas (including China and Mexico).

Research areas

Stakeholder Engagement and Systems Thinking (SEST)

Néstor’s research interests emerged from his Doctoral studies into systems thinking and management. He has explored and applied systemic thinking in the fields of business ethics (including CSR/diversity); systems thinking and practice; human resource management; social housing; information systems, and more recently, in energy and sustainability.

Néstor has worked on several multi-disciplinary projects that focus on improving the quality of the interaction between stakeholders with diverse and sometimes conflicting perceptions and interests; addressing such factors contributes to the strategic decision-making and information management capabilities.

For example, in a recent project on social housing, he was able to bring together the views and interests of various stakeholders, such as the local crime and drugs partnership; the police; the social housing provider; building contractors and architects; local residents, and several GP surgeries so as to evaluate and maximise the impact of a £300 million housing regeneration investment in the city. This systemic and participatory approach allowed, firstly, the definition of certain areas of common interest, such as: crime reduction; energy efficiency, fuel poverty and sustainability; the measurement of resident satisfaction, and health and well-being.

Secondly, it provided a framework for the definition of priorities and action plans that addressed the needs of the service users (residents); improved mutual understanding, trust, and cooperation among stakeholders, and contributed to the social housing service provider’s strategic decision-making and information management capabilities. This systemic approach not only supported the strategic objectives of different stakeholders; it also had a positive impact in the redesign of the services provided, improving users’ participation, engagement, and satisfaction.

Finally, it allowed the service provider to demonstrate how this investment could contribute to improvements along certain social indicators (policing, health, and the local economy), and to various strategic objectives of the city (e.g., carbon reduction and apprenticeships). The impact of the project has been acknowledged in several fora including debates in the Houses of Parliament, and on the Department of Communities and Local Government's website.

Néstor has supervised several DBA and PhD students in different fields, incorporating qualitative (including soft systems) and poststructuralist (including critical systems) approaches.

Néstor was a Board member of the Standing Committee for Organisational Symbolism (SCOS), co-leading the SCOS 2015 Conference at NBS.

He has been awarded research grants by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) – see external activity tab.

Néstor co-authored, with Professors Colin Fisher and Alan Lovell, the fourth edition of the book: Business Ethics and Values, Pearson, Financial Times. 2013.

He also co-authored, with Alice Jones and Dan Lucas, the book: The Effects of ‘Secure Warm Modern’ Homes in Nottingham: Decent Homes Impact Study. Nottingham: Nottingham City Homes. 2016.

Néstor initiated, and later developed with Alistair Mutch, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project with Nottingham City Homes. This was aimed at evaluating the social impact of a £300million housing regeneration investment in the city. The project contributed to NCH’s strategic decision-making and information management capabilities. The main areas covered by the project are: crime reduction; energy efficiency, fuel poverty and sustainability; the measurement of resident satisfaction; health and well-being, and information systems. The £127,000 project was sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Technology Strategy Board. The impact of the project has been acknowledged in several fora including debates in the Houses of Parliament, and on the Department of Communities and Local Government’s website. Néstor’s and Alistair’s project was selected as one of the three impact case studies submitted by the Business School to REF.

Furthermore, The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) awarded Néstor £5,000 to study the potential of developing an archiving system at Nottingham Contemporary (one of the largest arts centres in the UK), where he is a member of its academic advisory group. Future collaborations are currently being explored.

Service Design

Néstor is currently collaborating with colleagues across the University to develop the area of Service Design.

External activity

Nottingham City Homes
Néstor has worked on several multi-disciplinary projects. He initiated, and later developed with Alistair Mutch, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project with Nottingham City Homes. This was aimed at evaluating the social impact of a £300 million housing regeneration investment in the city. The project contributed to NCH's strategic decision-making and information management capabilities. The main areas covered by the project are: crime reduction; energy efficiency, fuel poverty and sustainability; the measurement of resident satisfaction; health and well-being, and information systems. The £127,000 project was sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Technology Strategy Board. The impact of the project has been acknowledged in several fora including debates in the Houses of Parliament, and on the Department of Communities and Local Government's website.

Néstor and Alistair's project was selected as one of the three impact case studies submitted by the Business School to REF.

Nottingham Contemporary
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in 2013 awarded Néstor £5,000 to study the potential of developing an archiving system at Nottingham Contemporary (one of the largest arts centres in the UK), where he is a member of its academic advisory group. Future collaborations are currently explored.

External examiner
He has held a number of appointments as External Examiner in British Business Schools (Lincoln; Liverpool; London; Coventry), and has been invited as Visiting Professor to ITESM (Mexico) and to Los Andes University (Bogotá, Colombia).