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

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Oil contamination in the Amazon modifies chemical composition of rivers

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

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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.

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

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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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