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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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Call for 2 Post-doc Fellowships for Climate Change Research

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Low-carbon energy transition requires more renewables than previously thought

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Se prevén niveles de polen altos para esta primavera

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Climate Change Threatens World's Largest Seagrass Carbon Stores

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Amazon's indigenous people hunt animals feeding in areas contaminated by oil spills

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Global climate treaty easier to negotiate if guided by Human Development Index

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

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Bolivian Amazon on road to deforestation

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

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ICTA-UAB researcher Victoria Reyes-García receives an ERC Consolidator Grant

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Research to study the health effects of forests

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Launch of the Alliance of Severo Ochoa Centres and Maria de Maeztu Units of Excellence

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

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Ice age thermostat prevented extreme climate cooling

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New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

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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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