La Fundación Bancaria ”la Caixa”, el ICTA-UAB y el CREAF presentan el estudio pionero Bosques sanos para una sociedad saludable

• Àngel Font, director corporativo de Investigación y Estrategia de la Fundación Bancaria ”la Caixa”; Martí Boada, profesor e investigador del Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).

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 participates in the 100xCiencia.2 meeting in Alicante

The encounter, which is focused on the transfer of knowledge and technology, brings 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.

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

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) will be awarded half a million euros in the framework of the COUPLED program, a European innovating training network.

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.

Social Relations, Success in Hunting and Good Health, Sources of Happiness for Indigenous People

Rural and indigenous people from the Global South push absolute income into the background as source of wellbeing.
EEI SEMINAR: “Carbon conflicts and complexity: what is representation?”, by Emma Jane Lord

Date: 2017-11-15

EEI SEMINAR: “Carbon conflicts and complexity: what is representation?”

Speaker: Emma Jane Lord
Moderator: Zora Kovacic

Day: Wednesday, November 15th 2017 (New date)
Time: 12.30h
Room: Z/022- Z/023

This seminar explores understandings of representation from post-normal science, anthropology and political sciences in the context of carbon conflicts in East Africa. We compare literature review with empirical results based on five months of field observation, qualitative interviews, local documents and records in a REDD+ pilot project in Western Tanzania. Carbon conflicts vary in scale and intensity from discursive contestations and negotiations to violent confrontations over land and forced displacement. Climate negotiations considered biophysical Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of forests as an essential aspect of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). MRV methodologies supposedly ‘prove’ the efficiency of REDD+ in combatting global changes in land use and climate. This research shows how such reductionist, positivist methodologies epistemologically annihilate the context-specific requirements of forest-based communities, who were intended as the target groups of REDD+. Technocratic requirements instead created a rule of experts, multiplying the quantity of consultants and civil society actors involved in forest governance. This multiplicity of actors and interests creates political contestation and it creates complexity; non-equivalent representations of the same object of study. What is scientific observation within these complex socio-ecological systems? Representation is both an epistemological act and a political process. How do researchers and development practitioners broach questions of representation; speaking about or speaking for their study groups?

Emma Jane Lord is studying Foundationals of Degrowth because her economics qualifications are too capitalist. She has a Masters in Sustainable Tropical Forestry from University of Copenhagen and Agroparitech in Montpellier and undergraduate in Environmental Science from University of Stirling.

EEI Seminar- Emma Jane Lord

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