Worldwide Experts on Degrowth and Environmental Justice to Gather at the UAB

The ICTA-UAB will organize the fourth edition of the Summer School on Degrowth and Environmental Justice from June 25 to July 7.

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.

An ERC Advanced Grant for EVOCLIM. Candidates invited for 3 senior and 4 junior research positions

Prof. Jeroen van den Bergh from ICTA-UAB was just awarded a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant for the project “Behavioral-evolutionary analysis of climate policy: Bounded rationality, markets and social interactions” (EVOCLIM).

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.

¿Son los Pirineos una barrera real para el transporte atmosférico de polen?

Los resultados del estudio llevado a cabo por Jordina Belmonte y Concepción de Linares, investigadoras expertas en botánica de la UAB, constatan que el polen de abedul, una de las especies principales de plantas que causan alergia en Europa Central y del Norte.

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.

Map Commemorating Women’s Resistance to Extractivism and Defense of Life and Territory in Latin America

A map created by researchers at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), the Latin-American Network of Women Defending Social and Environmental Rights and the Colombian NGO CENSAT-Agua Viva Friends of the Earth Colombia makes visible the struggles of women in Latin America against mining and in defense of life.

High levels of pollen expected this spring

Researchers at ICTA-UAB recently presented the predictions of pollen and spore levels for this spring.

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.

El ICTA-UAB volverá Locos por la Naturaleza a 27 estudiantes de bachillerato

Un total de 27 estudiantes de bachillerato participan en la tercera edición del programa Locos por la Naturaleza que ofrece el Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) con la voluntad de promover el talento científico entre los jóvenes potenciando el conocimiento del medio natural y poniéndolos en contacto con los principales investigadores en la materia.

More Urban Green Needed in Barcelona to Have Positive Effects on Environmental Quality and Wellness

A PhD dissertation by Francesc Baró, from ICTA-UAB, quantifies and maps the benefits of urban and periurban green in Barcelona such as the improvement of air quality, climate change mitigation and opportunities for outdoor recreation.

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.

More than One-Third of the Population Would Stop Economic Growth to Achieve Sustainability

A study by researchers of the Institut of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) assesses Spanish public opinion on economic growth, the environment and prosperity.

ICTA-UAB and ISGlobal Researchers Denounce Lack of Studies on the Harmful Health Effects of Oil Spills

A project led by ICTA-UAB, ISGlobal and the UAB Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in the Peruvian Amazon analyses the health effects of oil spills among people living close to oil extraction areas in developing countries.

Do Greener Cities Become More Unjust?

A new research project led by ICTA-UAB researcher Isabelle Anguelovski and funded by the European Union will assess the “green gentrification” process by which the creation of green urban amenities tends to attract the higher social classes and excludes the most vulnerable groups.

The ICTA-UAB Will Assess, in Collaboration with EU Staff, the Effectiveness of EU Sustainability Policies

The EU Project MAGIC (H2020) coordinated by the Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has the goal to study and develop new strategies for a better use of science for governance.

ICTA-UAB receives María de Maeztu Excellence Award

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology has received the award as a "María de Maeztu" Unit of Excellence 2015 from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO).
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Isabelle Anguelovski
Isabelle Anguelovski

I am an ICREA Research Professor trained in urban and environmental planning (PhD, MIT, 2011). My research is situated at the intersection of urban planning and policy, social inequality, and development studies. I also graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Studies from Science Po Lille (2000) and obtained a Master’s in International Development at the Université de Paris-1 Sorbonne (2001). In addition, I pursued a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management at Harvard University (2004). I attempt to make my research meaningful for and engaged with local environmental justice activists and municipalities. Before starting my PhD in 2006, I held several positions in international development NGOs. I also spent 10 years in the United States (Boston) before returning to Europe in 2011 with a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship. 

I am currently the coordinator of the research line "Cities and Environmental Justice" and direct the ERC-funded project GREENLULUS (June 2016- May 2021). I also direct the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability, a groundbreaking research laboratory carrying comparative and interdisciplinary research, developing new teaching methods and courses, and promoting learning on justice and inclusion for planning sustainable, green, and healthy cities. I am based at IMIM, the Hospital del Mar Institute for Medical Research, where I also lead the research group "Healthy Cities and Environmental Justice." Among others,  I am one of the initiators of POLLEN, the umbrella organization of political ecology researchers, groups, projects, networks, and "nodes" across the globe

 

Research interests

Most of my research is centered on studying processes and dynamics that lead to more just, resilient, healthy, and sustainable cities, bringing together theory from urban planning, public policy, urban and environmental sociology, and urban geography.  My projects examine the extent to which urban plans and policy decisions contribute to more just, resilient, healthy, and sustainable cities, and how community groups in distressed neighborhoods contest the existence, creation, or exacerbation of environmental inequities as a result of urban (re)development processes and policies.

My current research in divided in three streams. First, I examine processes of environmental gentrification in formerly depressed neighborhoods and the ways in which such processes pose new challenges and paradoxes for community residents and environmental justice activists, and seem to transform them into new forms of locally unwanted land uses (LULUs).

Second, in collaboration with researchers from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, colleagues from the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development at the University of Amsterdam and from the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, and students at ICTA, I explore the variety of approaches that cities engaged in adaptation planning take to protect the lives, housing, and livelihoods of historically marginalized groups exposed to climate risks and impacts. This research specifically looks at how municipalities approach issues of socio-spatial vulnerability, adaptive capacity, inclusion, equity, and resilience. Particular attention is paid to the equity impacts of land use planning interventions for climate adaptation.

Last, I am engaged as UAB-PI in a collaborative H2020 European project NATURVATION, which takes a transdisciplinary, internationally comparative approach to 1) advance assessment approaches to capturing the mutiple impacts and values of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) in cities to deliver a robust evidence base for decision-making, 2) enable innovation to identify the most promising governance, business/finance, and participation models and overcome the systemic conditions that currently limit their use to support systemic integration, and 3) generate momentum to realize the potential of NBS through co-design, co-development, and co-implementation of new partnerships, knowledge, recommendations, processes and tools required to build capacity, enable replication, and foster cultural change. 

Key Words

  • Comparative urban planning.
  • Environmental policy and planning.
  • Urban environmental and spatial justice.
  • Environmental gentrification
  • Political economy of urban development and sustainability planning
  • The re-politicization of sustainability.
  • Environmental and social movements.
  • Vulnerability and resilience in climate adaptation planning.
  • Food justice and sustainable urban food systems.
  • Healthy cities and healthy communities

Curriculum Vitae

Isabelle Anguelovski
Email UAB: Isabelle.Anguelovski@uab.cat
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