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

A new ICTA-UAB project led by researcher Jordina Belmonte will study the effects of extreme meteorological events on the biological biodiversity present in the atmosphere in order to predict changes in the environment and possible affectations on human health.

Bolivian Amazon on road to deforestation

Amazon biodiversity hotspot to suffer even more “alarming” losses after contentious law passed, according to a study involving ICTA-UAB researchers.

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

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded five European Research Council (ERC) grants in two years, which is about ten per cent of all ERC grants arriving in Catalonia over the period from the end of 2015 to the end of 2017.

Scientists Alert of Swift Degradation of Marine Ecosystems and Grave Consequences for the Planet

A book edited by researchers from the ICTA-UAB, the UB, the CNRS and the IEO addresses the concept of "animal forest" and highlights the importance of the role seas and oceans have in combating climate change.

New ICTA-UAB map shows success, concerns and challenges of the transition away from fossil fuels and coal industry in Australia

Resistance against massive coal-mining in Australia and a growing movement for a ‘just transition’ from fossil fuels have enjoyed some success but face massive challenges, as shown in a new map developed by researchers from the international ACKnowl-EJ project of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB)  and the Australian Environmental Justice (AEJ) research team at the Centre for Urban Research (RMIT University.

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

ICREA researcher at ICTA-UAB Victoria Reyes- García has been graced with a Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) for the development of a project aimed at bringing insights from local knowledge to climate change research.

Research to study the health effects of forests

The ICTA-UAB, CREAF and the "la Caixa" Bank Foundation recently presented the project "Healthy Forests for a Healthy Society".

Blockadia map by ICTA-UAB reveals global scale of anti-fossil fuel movement

A new interactive map by researchers of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) reveals the worldwide impact of resistance direct actions by people putting their own bodies in the way of fossil fuel projects.

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

​ The Secretary of State for R&D+i, Carmen Vela, chaired the kickoff meeting of the new Severo Ochoa and Maria Maeztu Alliance of Excellence.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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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