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.

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 - "Applying Cultural Evolution framework to analysis of Degrowth proposals", by Karl Frost

Date: 2017-05-30

Title: "Applying Cultural Evolution framework to analysis of Degrowth proposals"

Presenter: Karl Frost, University of California, Davis.
Moderator: Giorgos Kallis, ICTA-UAB

Date: Tuesday, 30th  May 2017
Time: 10.00 - 12.30 h 
Venue: Room Z/033 ICTA-UAB

Cultural Evolution (and the allied field of Diffusion of Innovation) is the study of the social transmission of behaviors and beliefs over time via copying, teaching, media consumption, etc. Conventional policy analysis is often framed by a question like “If everyone followed a set of rules, X, what would the results be compared to the status quo”.   Cultural Evolution looks at how behaviors diffuse over time through a population and, importantly, how the population of alternate behaviors interact and compete for transmission and retention. Such an analysis can give a more realistic view of behavioral change and its impacts. Rather than a magic bullet which supplies answers, such framing can often serve to point out important questions we should be asking as we propose policies or behavioral change.

I would like this seminar/workshop to be interactive. I will introduce cultural evolution and diffusion of innovation and how they can be applied to policy analysis.  From here, we will take individual proposals from Degrowth conversations and brainstorm application of cultural evolution to see what questions arise.  Depending on group size, we will either do this together or in small groups so that we can all have more time to creatively participate in brainstorming.
Karl Frost has a PhD in ecology (emphasis human ecology) from the University of California, Davis. There, he was part of the Cultural Evolution Lab, studying the dynamics of social transmission of behavior and beliefs.  His dissertation work used multiple methods to explore how physical practices affect cooperation and altruism, including formal behavioral experiments, analytic models and computer simulation of cultural evolution, and qualitative field research in the context of direct action activism in support of First Nations decolonization and land defense struggles. A current interest in cultural evolution is studying the impacts of social media use on political polarization and identity formation. He is currently a visiting postdoc at ICTA-UAB, working with Giorgos Kallis, writing on the parallels between First Nations sovereignty fights and Degrowth struggles.

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