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The ICTA-UAB will organize the fourth edition of the Summer School on Degrowth and Environmental Justice from June 25 to July 7.

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ICTA-UAB to study the sustainable use of soil and natural resources in the framework of the COUPLED program

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) will be awarded half a million euros in the framework of the COUPLED program, a European innovating training network.

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EJAtlas Includes 2,100 Case Studies on Socio-Environmental Conflicts Around the World

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An ERC Advanced Grant for EVOCLIM. Candidates invited for 3 senior and 4 junior research positions

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Unrestricted Improvements in Fishing Technology Threaten the Future of Seafood

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¿Son los Pirineos una barrera real para el transporte atmosférico de polen?

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Ice age thermostat prevented extreme climate cooling

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The New Theory of Economic “Agrowth” Contributes to the Viability of Climate Policies

 ICTA-UAB researcher Jeroen van den Bergh publishes in Nature Climate Change a study in which he proposes a new economic theory compatible with the fight against climate change.

Map Commemorating Women’s Resistance to Extractivism and Defense of Life and Territory in Latin America

A map created by researchers at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), the Latin-American Network of Women Defending Social and Environmental Rights and the Colombian NGO CENSAT-Agua Viva Friends of the Earth Colombia makes visible the struggles of women in Latin America against mining and in defense of life.

High levels of pollen expected this spring

Researchers at ICTA-UAB recently presented the predictions of pollen and spore levels for this spring.

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

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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'

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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).
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Seminar: “Ethnicity, Race, and Equity in the City: Comparative Perspectives from the United States, France, and Spain”

Date: 2017-06-16

Seminar: “Ethnicity, Race, and Equity in the City: Comparative Perspectives from the United States, France, and Spain”


Date: Friday, June 16th 2017
Time: From 15 to 18h
Venue: Aula Magna. Fac. Geografia i Història UB. (c/ Montalegre, 6, 4º piso. Barcelona)


Co-organised by

- ICTA-UAB, Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability, GREENLULUS project (GA 678034)
- Espais Critics Research Group, project RESDERES (CSO2015-65066-R-RESDERES), Universitat de Barcelona (UB)


Lecturers
Prof. Anna Livia Brand (University of New Orleans/University of Texas-Austin)
Prof. Sylvie Tissot (Université de Paris 8)
Prof. Mikel Aramburu (University of Barcelona)


High Ground, Low Ground: The New Racial Topographies of Urban Development in the 21st Century

Bio
Anna Livia Brand is an Assistant Professor in Urban Design and the Built Environment in the Department of Planning and Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans and was recently an Emerging Scholar Fellow in Race and Gender in the Built Environment of the American City in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. Anna received her Bachelor in Architecture from Tulane University, her Master in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans and her PhD in Urban Planning from MIT. Anna Livia Brand’s research focuses on the historical development of and contemporary planning and design challenges in black mecca neighborhoods in the American North and South, including Chicago’s Bronzeville, New York’s Harlem, Washington D.C.’s Shaw, New Orleans’s Treme, Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn, and Houston's 3rd and 4th Wards. In her work, Anna is investigating and comparing how the redevelopment of the historic business and cultural corridors in these communities reflects ongoing racialization and changing commitments to equity and social justice for those who have traditionally suffered under urban revitalization policies. Her work also interrogates the gendered, racialized and resistant constructions of the built environment in these neighborhoods over time. 

Abstract
A new racial topography is emerging in New Orleans. Since Hurricane Katrina, planners and policy makers have promoted redevelopment on the city’s historic high ground as the method and metric of rebuilding a more socially and environmentally just city. This approach was advanced through a myriad of processes, including prohibitions on black residents’ return to low-lying areas, public housing reform, and the exploitation of high ground opportunities. However, instead of promoting a greater incorporation of social and environmental justice, recovery has reflected a complicated terrain of racial-geographic restructuring, exposing neoliberal commitments to concentrating affluence, diversifying the city, and deterritorializing poor communities of color.                                   

New Orleans’s landscape of recovery exhibited is linked to racialized conceptualizations of land and property. Development attracting whites back to the city is expanding along the riverfront’s high ground topography. At the same time, low-lying white communities, such as Lakeview, have been able to secure their geographic claims. Conversely, poor communities of color who have inhabited high ground neighborhoods, such as Treme, are being displaced to low ground geographies. As such, whiteness, as a geographical and racial project, has been protected and expanded on high and low ground, while black geographies are problematized and dismantled by the state and private market. This research explores racial restructuring in the 21st century amidst the post-Katrina recovery of New Orleans. Findings from case studies on both low and high ground highlight the complexity of redevelopment in this post-disaster city and problematize the geographical, topographical, and racial restructuring of the city.

 

From «integration» to «social mix»: how French municipalities address (or obscure) the issue of race.

Bio
Sylvie Tissot is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Paris-8. Her academic research stands at the intersection of class analysis and urban studies. Her first book L’Etat et les quartiers (2007) examines how the “banlieue” has become a new social problem in France. She is also the author of Good Neighbors. Gentrifying diversity in Boston’s South End (2015), which analyzed the endorsement of “diversity” in upper middle class cultureHer new research project is a comparison of gay-friendly attitudes in New York and Paris. She has been a visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies (Harvard University) and the Institute for Public Knowledge (New York University). 

Abstract
In the 1980s a growing concern emerged regarding French impoverished neighborhoods in what is called the “banlieues”. Yet rather than addressing poverty, urban policies have reinforced territorial stigmatization. In this talk I will examine local policies through language and categories used to define social ills and implement new programs. “Integration” reflects how systemic socio-economic problems have been obscured while focusing on ethnic differences that should be erased. At the same time local policies claim to promote “social mix”, especially in social housing estates. To what extent does it question the French dominant approach to ethnic diversity? I argue that rather than addressing the question of discrimination, the promotion of social mix in urban policies reinforces segregation. This is especially the case in the new regeneration programs, which aims at demolishing housing estates in order to build more integrated buildings.

 

“I can not believe you don’t know who “Los Chichos” are”: Experiences of periphery and scales of injustice in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona

Bio
Mikel Aramburu obtained his PhD in Social Anthropology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and is a Professor of Social Anthropology at the Universitat de Barcelona. Among others, his published works include « The others and us: Images of the Immigrant in the Ciutat Vella of Barcelona », for which he received the XXth Prize for Cultural Research Marques de Lozoya) and « Ethnic Minorities and Housing Policies». His research examines urban studies, nationalism, and migrations. Before working at the UB, he was in charge of the research area « Housing and Public Space » in the Instituto de Gobierno y Políticas Públicas (IGOP) at the UAB. He is currently the PI of the project « Popular Conceptions of Social Justice and Austerity Policies  (CSO2015-67368-P).

Abstract
The expression “peripheral experience” is a political concept that refers to the relationship of some groups or areas with an economically, politically, and culturally dominating center. I am interested here in the peripheral experiences produced by the urban segregation of the working class, mainly from a foreign origin, living in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona. Segregation here is expressed in the dispossession of economic, social, and cultural capitals, which makes it more difficult for these working-class foreign residents to access certain resources, especially labor resources, and which also situates them at the margin of cultural hegemony and self-recognition of the city and of the nation (or nations). Scales of injustice refer to the diverse geographical locations of the dominating forces that condition these different types of segregation and that can create very diverse positionalities, including indignation, reclamation, naturalization, negation, and indifference. Scales refer first to the dialectical relationship “neighborhood-city” and second to the relation of redistribution with the State (both Spanish and Catalan). 

While the “experience of the periphery” is a highly politicized topic, much social science research on Barcelona has ignored it for the past 25 years. I argue that this experience has been marginalized because of several factors, including a priority given to upward social mobility, to the negation of class-based politics by neoliberal political frames, and by the hegemonic discourse of “civic catalanism”. In this presentation, I present recent research on the experience of residents raised in different working-class neighborhoods of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona who have experienced some form of geographic or social mobility and examine how social divisions meet with resistance and lived adaptations. 

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