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.

The ICTA-UAB participated in the 100xCiencia.2 meeting in Alicante

The encounter, which was focused on the transfer of knowledge and technology, brought together representatives of 40 centres and research units “Severo Ochoa” and “María de Maeztu”, respectively.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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- “Interrogating Participatory GIS and Participatory Mapping – attributes and ascriptions”, by Michael Keith McCall

Date: 2017-03-22

Title: “Interrogating Participatory GIS and Participatory Mapping – attributes and ascriptions”

Michael Keith McCall, Senior Researcher in CIGA, UNAM in Morelia, Mexico

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 11- 12h
Venue: Room Z/022


After an overview of what PGIS/ PMapping have been doing over the past 2 decades -the `who, what, and how`- this session will open into discussion of where the methodology and the ethical frame may be heading.  Are PGIS/ PMap approaches being disruptive, subversive, critical? or are they being complicit, deceitful, exceptionalist? Let us make reflections on some key contested values and concepts in the PGIS universe: purpose & intentionality, validation & reliability, representativeness & exceptionalism, trust & ownership, truthfulness & manipulability, … 

Michael McCall is Senior Researcher in CIGA, UNAM in Morelia, Mexico. Before that he was Associate Professor in ITC, Enschede, Netherlands for many years, and earlier for 8 years at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and in Sri Lanka.  His academic degrees in Geography are from the University of Bristol and Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. He is a social geographer by training and inclination, engaged in Latin America, Eastern & Southern Africa, and South Asia.  His research areas and publications are in social mapping and participatory GIS with communities – on natural resource management, landscapes and territories, payment for environmental services, forest carbon, and (urban) risks and vulnerability. He has guided research students, and taught courses and workshops in Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, Brazil, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Netherlands, Georgia, Catalonia, India, Nepal, Thailand, et al.

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