European Project to Analyse the Effects of Waste Generated by Tourism on Mediterranean Islands

An European study involving the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma e Barcelona will address and propose solutions to the effects of the increase of waste generated by tourism on Mediterranean islands during the summer season.

El ICTA-UAB volverá Locos por la Naturaleza a 27 estudiantes de bachillerato

Un total de 27 estudiantes de bachillerato participan en la tercera edición del programa Locos por la Naturaleza que ofrece el Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) con la voluntad de promover el talento científico entre los jóvenes potenciando el conocimiento del medio natural y poniéndolos en contacto con los principales investigadores en la materia.

More Urban Green Needed in Barcelona to Have Positive Effects on Environmental Quality and Wellness

A PhD dissertation by Francesc Baró, from ICTA-UAB, quantifies and maps the benefits of urban and periurban green in Barcelona such as the improvement of air quality, climate change mitigation and opportunities for outdoor recreation.

New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

The new ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide' it is at your disposal now. With this document, we aim to help you discover the basics of the PhD programme, ICTA-UAB’s structure, etc.

Social Relations, Success in Hunting and Good Health, Sources of Happiness for Indigenous People

Rural and indigenous people from the Global South push absolute income into the background as source of wellbeing.

Treatment plants reduce contamination of heavy metals around Barcelona's coastline

The study, published in Science of the Total Environment, shows that contamination of heavy metals experienced a very important growth between the 1930s and 1980s, while a drastic descent in levels occurred in the 1990s.

Increase in motorcycles converts Barcelona into the European city with the highest number of motorbikes per inhabitant

A study by researchers of the ICTA-UAB and the UAB Department of Geography assesses the rise of motorcycles compared with the drop in cars in Barcelona in the past ten years.

Empowerment of women will improve our ability to cope with global change

Ending perceptions of women and other disadvantaged groups simply as victims and instead empowering them as decision-makers in natural resource management are basic steps to deal with ecological crises more effectively.

More than One-Third of the Population Would Stop Economic Growth to Achieve Sustainability

A study by researchers of the Institut of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) assesses Spanish public opinion on economic growth, the environment and prosperity.

ICTA-UAB and ISGlobal Researchers Denounce Lack of Studies on the Harmful Health Effects of Oil Spills

A project led by ICTA-UAB, ISGlobal and the UAB Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in the Peruvian Amazon analyses the health effects of oil spills among people living close to oil extraction areas in developing countries.

Coastal Occupation Affects Tropical Reefs in Brazil

Researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), the Federal University of Ceará (UFC) and the Federal University of South of Bahia (UFSB) in Brazil warn of the negative environmental impacts of unplanned coastal occupation on tropical reefs and consequently on the conservation of marine biodiversity.

Humans have caused climate change for 180 years

An international research project involving ICTA-UAB researcher P. Graham Mortyn has found human activity has been causing global warming for almost two centuries, proving human-induced climate change is not just a 20th century phenomenon.

Do Greener Cities Become More Unjust?

A new research project led by ICTA-UAB researcher Isabelle Anguelovski and funded by the European Union will assess the “green gentrification” process by which the creation of green urban amenities tends to attract the higher social classes and excludes the most vulnerable groups.

Ocean Warming and Acidification Impact on Calcareous Phytoplankton

Researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), the University of Cambridge and the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom warn of the negative impacts of rapid ocean warming and ocean acidification on coccolithophores.

Fukushima and the oceans: what do we know, 5 years on?

A major international review of the state of the oceans 5 years after the Fukushima disaster shows that radiation levels are decreasing rapidly except in the harbour area close to the nuclear plant itself where ongoing releases remain a concern.

The ICTA-UAB Will Assess, in Collaboration with EU Staff, the Effectiveness of EU Sustainability Policies

The EU Project MAGIC (H2020) coordinated by the Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has the goal to study and develop new strategies for a better use of science for governance.

Importance of Saharan dust and climate change effects under study

ICREA researcher Antoni Rosell, from ICTA-UAB, participates in an international research which analyses the processes of transport and deposition of Saharan dust and African fires.

What If Solar Energy Becomes Really Cheap? A Thought Experiment on 'Environmental Problem Shifting'

A study on the development of future energy has shown the need to consider the ultimate consequences of these.

ICTA-UAB receives María de Maeztu Excellence Award

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology has received the award as a "María de Maeztu" Unit of Excellence 2015 from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO).
Seminar: Resistance movements and the commons management: a meta-analysis. By Sergio Villamayor

Date: 2017-02-22

Title: Resistance movements and the commons management: a meta-analysis
Speaker: Sergio Villamayor, ICTA-UAB researcher
Moderator: Giorgos Kallis
Date: Wednesday, 22nd February 2017
Time: 12.30h
Venue: Room Z/023 ICTA-UAB


Can the participation of local communities in resistance actions and movements help to improve community-based natural resource management (CBNRM)? CBRNM and social mobilization are two paradigmatic instances of collective action, the interaction of which has been barely explored so far. The presentation will uncover the first steps of a qualitative meta-analysis of cases addressing that gap.  As background for the study, the presentation will also problematize around instances CBNRM and resistance phenomena.

Sergio Villamayor-Tomas is Marie Curie fellow at ICTA-UAB since September 2016. He is political scientists by training. Previously to his arrival at ICTA, he spent three years as lecturer and research associate at Humboldt University and 4 years as PhD student at Indiana University, Bloomington. His research interests revolve around the theory of the commons, the interplay between individual and community-based adaptation, and more recently environmental justice conflicts and the water-energy-food nexus.  He has carried fieldwork research in Spain, Mexico, Colombia and currently also in Brazil.


2. Brief presentation- "Methodological challenges when establishing the carbon footprint of food for use in a climate tax"

By Emma Moberg, doctoral Student at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

The current food system is a significant contributor to climate change, mainly driven by emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from agricultural processes. GHG emissions from agricultural activities in Sweden account for 13% of total GHG emissions within the country. Shifting diet patterns from animal products to greater amounts of plant-based foods has been highlighted as a potential strategy to reduce climate impact from food consumption. However, changing people’s consumption is challenging and there is a need for public policies among which a climate tax on food consumption has been discussed.

A climate tax should reflect the carbon footprint (CF) of food products and when accounting for this, several methodological challenges and choices are involved. The study reviews and analyzes these challenges and choices for the CF of food consumption. Based on the different options of how to account for the CF of food, a set of alternatives of a climate tax on food consumption in Sweden are established and discussed. 

I am a PhD student at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) since April 2016. I hold an MSc in Environmental and Water Engineering from Uppsala University and SLU. The aim of my doctoral project is to analyze different aspects regarding the design of a climate tax on food consumption. In the early stages of the project, the main focus is on the methodological challenges when establishing the carbon footprint of food and specifically for use in a climate tax. The methodological challenges include aspects such as which climate metric to use and how to account for emissions from land use change. Later on, the project focus will be on the identification of synergies and goal conflicts between environmental effects of a climate tax. I am currently working on the manuscript of my first paper which will be finished this spring.  

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