Full Professor of Statistics and Operations Research at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche from 2012. Her fields of interest are parametric optimization, variational analysis, semi-infinite programming, linear programming, convex analysis, and Lipschitz type properties.

She has published more than fifty papers in JCR journals in the areas of Applied Mathematics and  Operations Research (as SIAM J. Optim., Math. Program., J. Math. Anal. Appl., J. Optim. Theory Appl., Optimization, Math. Oper. Res., Set-Valued Var. Anal., among others).

Prof. Cánovas has led different national research projects (financed by the Spanish government and the European Regional Development Fund) and has supervised four doctoral thesis on stability of linear optimization problems (the last one to be defended in 2023).

She has organized several international conferences, has been guest editor of different special issues and a member of the editorial board of the Pacific Journal of Optimization. María Josefa has delivered many invited talks and has been invited researcher in different European and American universities (Prague, Zurich, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Bergen, Los Angeles, Hoboken, Reykjavik, Turku).