Global climate treaty easier to negotiate if guided by Human Development Index

A study by ICTA-UAB concludes that agreements against climate change would be more attractive to rich countries if they were analyzed taking into account the Human Development Index, instead of GDP.

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.
EEI SEMINAR: 'Imperial mode of living and counter-hegemonic struggles' by Ulrich Brand

Date: 2018-01-17

Title: 'Imperial mode of living and counter-hegemonic struggles'

Speaker: Ulrich Brand, University of Viena
Discussant: Dan O’Neill, University of Leeds

Day: Wednesday, January 17th 2018
Time: 12.30h
Room: Z/023


The concept of “imperial mode of living” attempts to highlight that the current predominance of un-sustainability is sustained by capital and the capitalist state as well as the persistence of resource- and energy-intensive everyday practices. We also want to emphasize with the concept the social and ecological consequences of current dynamics in a North-South context. The imperial mode of living is based on a principally unlimited appropriation of the resources and labour capacity of both the global North and the global South, and of a disproportionate claim to global sinks. In the current constellation of the multiple crisis it contributes to safeguarding social stability in the global North, for example by helping to keep the costs of the reproduction of labour power relatively low, and it provides a hegemonic orientation of development in many societies of the global South. At the same time however, its persistence in the global North and its spread to the rapidly emerging countries of the global South has plunged global environmental politics into a severe crisis, fostering more openly (neo-)imperialist strategies of powerful national states and supranational entities with respect to natural resources and sinks. In that sense, the normality of the imperial mode of living acts as a filter to awareness of the crisis, and as a corridor for its management and it has the effect of making the crisis more acute, just as it makes it processable in a socially and spatially limited dimension. Taking into account the imperial mode of living thus helps to understand the concurrency of persistence and crisis of the neoliberal-imperial constellation as well as to identify starting points for counter-hegemonic struggles.

Ulrich Brand researches and teaches as professor for International Politics on the subjects globalization and its critique, global governance and transformation of the state, environmental and resource politics as well as social movements at the University of Vienna. He is, amongst others, member of the board of trustees of the Institute Solidary Modernity (ISM), of “Blätter für deutsche und international Politik”, of the scientific advisory board of Attac Germany and of  He was member of the Expert Commission „Growth, Well-Being, Quality of Life“ of the German Bundestag (January 2011 to June 2013), where he advocated for projects of a leftist political crossover. He is member of the Permanent Working Group “Alternatives to Development”, coordinated by the Quito office of Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. He was/is involved in the preparation of the International Degrowth Conferences in Leipzig, Budapest and Malmö. One recent publication in Spanish: Acosta, Alberto/Brand, Ulrich (2017): Salidas del laberinto capitalista. Decrecimiento y Postextractivismo. Barcelona: Icaria Publisher, Spain; also published in Argentina, Chile and Ecuador. -

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