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More than 120 ICTA-UAB researchers addressed environmental challenges at a symposium, especially those arising from global and...

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New Project to Link Extreme Weather Events, Atmospheric Biodiversity and Human Health

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ICTA-UAB’s success: five ERC grants in two years

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New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

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

Date: 2017-05-25


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, financed by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions program of the European Union. This project will start on January 1, 2018, and will be financed with 4 million euros for an execution period of four years, coordinated by Humboldt University in Berlin.


The aim of COUPLED is to put together an international team of 15 PhD students from different disciplinary approaches and different countries of the European Union and institutional headquarters, who will investigate in a coordinated way the processes related to the use and sustainable governance practices of soil and natural resources. Particularly, they will focus on the causes and consequences of diverse changes in land use on both local and global level, the involved actors and the feedbacks between processes.

During their training, the students will spend academic and professional stays that will be significant for their projects. Once COUPLED finalizes it is expected that they know how to systematize and understand processes and actors that influence land use in an increasingly interconnected world. They also will be expected to consider direct and indirect feedback and spill-over and to account for their social and environmental impact, as well as to foster new and enhanced governance measures that can shape land use couplings to deliver more sustainable outcomes of land use decisions.

Three of these PhD projects will be coordinated by ICTA-UAB researchers Esteve Corbera and Beatriz Rodríguez Labajos and will focus on:

  1. Studying four comparable Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects under the framework of the Convention on Climate Change, to evaluate the resulting land-use changes in terms of their extent and management, impact on biodiversity and the social and economic system of the communities involved.
  2. Investigate the direct and indirect impacts of soybean value chain between producer countries and their environmental justice implications in distributional and procedural terms.
  3. Explore environmental and social-economic consequences of the small-scale mining exploitation, used in mobile phones production in Africa. In particular, to study the communities involved, different actors and natural resources on a local and regional level.

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