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.
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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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