The ICTA-UAB to Gather Worldwide Experts on Degrowth and Environmental Justice

The ICTA-UAB will organize the fifth edition of the Summer School on Degrowth and Environmental Justice from June 24 to July 6.

Agricultural intensification not a “blueprint” for sustainable development

Social and ecological results of increased agricultural intensification are not as positive as expected.

Tracking the battles for environmental justice: here are the world’s top 10

Today is World Environment Day. Environmental conflicts should not be seen as disruptions to smooth governance, fixable with market solutions, technology or police bullets.

Green urban planning must consider social equity criteria

Cities that do not include social equity criteria into their political strategies to make their urban environment greener and more ecological will not achieve long-term sustainability and risk creating green enclaves only for the social elite.

The ICTA-UAB alerts of a new invasive Asian beetle pest in Catalonia that kills mulberry trees

A study by researcher of the ICTA-UAB and the Department of Agriculture Víctor Sarto i Monteys has identified in the province of Barcelona the presence of a species from Asia that could spread through Europe.

More than 120 ICTA-UAB researchers addressed environmental challenges at a symposium, especially those arising from global and...

The Institut of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) organized its 1st Spring Symposium with the aim of addressing some of the main environmental and sustainability challenges.

Spain: Industry sides with science

Organizations of the industry, and associations connected to R+D+i express their support towards research, backing the petition of the Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu alliance (SOMMa) which advocates in favour of the political class acting to clear the administrative problems currently affecting science in Spain.

Low-carbon energy transition requires more renewables than previously thought

A new study by ICTA-UAB analyzes the impacts on lifestyles of substituting fossil fuels for cleaner energies.

Are Farmers Who Belong to Local User Associations Better Adapted to Climate Change?

Droughts, floods and high temperatures derived from climate change are not the only threats that farmers with irrigated crops must face.

Climate Change Threatens World's Largest Seagrass Carbon Stores

Shark Bay seagrass carbon storage hotspot suffers alarming losses after a devastating marine heat wave, according to a study led by ICTA-UAB researchers.

Amazon's indigenous people hunt animals feeding in areas contaminated by oil spills

A study by the ICTA-UAB and the UAB Department of Animal Health and Anatomy demonstrates that the main species hunted by the indigenous popoulations of the Peruvian Amazon ingest water and soil contaminated with hidrocarbons and heavy metals.

The new Planttes app warns of allergy risks in different urban areas

The Planttes application is a citizen science project which aims to encourage people to identify and locate on a map the existence of allergy-causing plants and indicate their phenological state.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.
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Christos Zografos
Christos Zografos

I am an environmental social scientist. I currently co-ordinate the ‘European Network of Political Ecology’ (ENTITLE) project, which is funded by the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme (FP7) Marie Curie Actions. I am also a Visiting Lecturer for masters programmes at the University of Edinburgh (UK) and Masaryk University (Czech Republic), and have delivered lectures for several other universities in Europe and Latin America. Before my current post, I worked as a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow with the FP7 ‘Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade’ (EJOLT) project. Prior to that, I was the Scientific Co-ordinator for the FP7 SSH research project ‘Climate Change, Hydro-conflicts and Human Security’ (CLICO), and before that a Lecturer in Environmental Economics at the Scottish Agricultural College (currently SRUC) in Edinburgh, UK. I have a PhD in Environmental Sciences (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), a Master of Advanced Studies in History & Economic Institutions (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), an MSc in Ecological Economics (University of Edinburgh) and a BA in Business Administration (Athens University of Economics & Business).

Research interests
My work focuses on environmental governance and change within the fields of political ecology and ecological economics. My research uses political ecology to study power and the politics of environmental conflict (e.g. wind energy conflicts) and change (e.g. climate change); my work in the field of ecological economics explores the relevance of plural values and deliberative democracy for sustainability decision-making. A further area of interest concerns degrowth, and in particular, relations between direct democracy and degrowth transformations. I have worked extensively on the application of Q methodology for research on diverse issues (e.g. climate change adaptation, social enterprise, food sovereignty) related to environmental governance. I have been the main editor of a book on ‘Deliberative Ecological Economics’, a Lead Author of one of the chapters of ‘The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity’ (TEEB) report, and have published over a couple of dozen of refereed book chapters and articles in international peer-reviewed journals including Global Environmental Change, Climatic Change, Environmental Science and Policy, Environment & Planning A, the Journal of Rural Studies, Marine Policy, Environmental Values, Ecological Economics, Environmental Policy and Governance, Agriculture and Human Values, and Futures.

Keywords
political ecology; ecological economics; environmental conflicts; deliberative environmental decision-making; green governance; degrowth and direct democracy; Q methodology

Christos Zografos
Email UAB: christos.zografos@uab.cat
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