Green gentrification can limit the favourable effects of green areas on health

A scientific research conducted by ICTA-UAB and IMIM suggests that more socially disadvantaged neighbours do not benefit equally from the effects newly created green areas have on health.

Candidates invited for 3 postdoc and 5 PhD student positions in ERC project of Prof. Jeroen van den Bergh

Prof. Jeroen van den Bergh’s project “Behavioral-evolutionary analysis of climate policy: Bounded rationality, markets and social interactions” (EVOCLIM), awarded with a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant, offers three postdoc positions (two of 5 years and one of 3 years) and five PhD research positions (each 4 years).

Oil contamination in the Amazon modifies chemical composition of rivers

A scientific study by the ICTA-UAB and ISS-EUR quantifies the environmental impact of oil extraction activities and contamination in headwaters of the Amazon.

ICTA-UAB researchers alert that oil palm plantations produce infertility in tropical lands

Oil palm plantations are replacing 40% of tropical forests and 32% of basic grain crops, according to an ICTA-UAB research conducted in Guatemala.

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.

UAB scientists and citizens can identify Barcelona's allergy-causing plants with the new Plant*tes app

The UAB Point of Information on Aerobiology (PIA) presented its new Plant*tes app in Barcelona as part of the BArcelona City Council's project entitled "Ciència Ciutadana als barris".

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

The Environmental Justice Atlas (EJAtlas), created by researchers of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), currently includes 2,100 cases of ecological distribution conflicts identified in different parts of the world.

Unrestricted Improvements in Fishing Technology Threaten the Future of Seafood

A study conducted by ICTA-UAB researcher Eric Galbraith shows that future improvement of fishing technology poses a threat for the global fishery that could be greater than climate change.

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

Los resultados del estudio llevado a cabo por Jordina Belmonte y Concepción de Linares, investigadoras expertas en botánica de la UAB, constatan que el polen de abedul, una de las especies principales de plantas que causan alergia en Europa Central y del Norte.

Ice age thermostat prevented extreme climate cooling

During the ice ages, an unidentified regulatory mechanism prevented atmospheric CO2 concentrations from falling below a level that could have led to runaway cooling, reports a study conducted by researchers of the ICTA-UAB and published online in Nature Geoscience this week.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).
Two ICTA-UAB projects awarded with Recercaixa funding

Date: 2017-02-24


Two projects from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) have been awarded grants from the seventh call of the RecerCaixa programme promoted by the "la Caixa" Foundation, with the collaboration of the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP). The aim of the programme is to encourage scientific research of excellence in Catalonia, increase social and economic progress and enhance people’s well-being.

In the 2016 call of the RecerCaixa programme, 205 projects were presented from 47 different institutes; of those, 18 were selected and awarded the 1.6 million Euros available. The UAB received six grants worth a total of €576,056.

Two projects led by ICTA-UAB researchers Carme Miralles and Jeroen van den Bergh have been selected. Carme Miralles’s project “City, Quality of Life and Active Mobility of the Elderly” and Jeroen van den Bergh’s project  “Understanding Societal Views on Carbon Pricing” have received €95,688 and €92,655, respectively.

The RecerCaixa programme is addressed at fostering and promoting research in Catalonia and preventing the flight of talent.


"City, Quality of Life and Active Mobility of the Elderly. A multimethological analysis through Tracking Living Labs. (Carme Miralles, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology ICTA-UAB, Department of Geography)

The characteristics of urban environments have an effect on the quality of life of the elderly, by influencing their physical and mental health, as well as their inclusion in the social sphere. In particular, the presence of walkable environments and the promotion of active transport (daily walking) play a transversal role as sources of physical and relational activities among the elderly.

The aim of this project is to identify how urban environments affect the quality of life and physical and emotional health of the elderly, considering the effects of the present crisis, and based on the analysis of active mobility. The project presents an applied dimension, aimed at determining the objective and subjective aspects making up the spaces that guarantee quality of life, in order to define lines of public action. The project is multidisciplinary and based on a mixed-methods approach. It combines traditional sources of information on urban space and mobility from surveys published by public institutions, opinions and perceptions extracted from interviews, and focus groups and information from geolocation and actigraphy under the design of Tracking Living Labs. The sequential methodology culminates with the design of intervention models and returns the obtained results to society through the dissemination of specific actions.

"Understanding Societal Views on Carbon Pricing". (Jeroen van den Bergh. Institute of Environmental Science and Technology ICTA-UAB)

This project aims to improve our understanding of the reasons behind public preferences for carbon pricing (CP). Many experts regard CP as crucial to stopping climate change, while others are strongly opposed to it. The core questions of the project are: How does support for CP relate to factors such as knowledge about its functioning? And how is it associated with the design of CP, in terms of carbon taxation versus cap-and-trade, or using CP revenues to reduce taxes on labour or poor households, or to subsidize renewable energy? A variety of stakeholders will be studied, including citizens, academics, and representatives of think tanks, NGOs, industry, finance, media and policy makers. This will involve interviews and large-scale online surveys. We will formulate policy recommendations for the design of, and public information on, global and regional CP. This will integrate experiences in regions where CP experiments have been undertaken, which may provide particular lessons for Catalonia.


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