Francesc Baró is an environmental scientist (BSc, Autonomous University of Barcelona - UAB, 2004) trained in landscape and urban planning. He obtained a Master’s degree in Ecological Economics and Environmental Management (ICTA-UAB, 2005) and another in Geographic Information Systems - GIS (Polytechnic University of Catalonia – UPC, 2007). He recently obtained his PhD in Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB, 2016), focusing his research on the operationalization of the ecosystem services and green infrastructure concepts in the urban context. He has participated or is participating in several international and national research projects, including URBES (Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; BiodivERsA ERA-NET, 2011-2015), OpenNESS (Operationalization of Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services; FP7, 2012-2017), ENABLE (Enabling Green and Blue Infrastructure Potential in Complex Social-Ecological Regions, BiodivERsA ERA-NET, 2017-2020) and NATURVATION (NATure-based URban innoVATION, Horizon 2020, 2016-2020). Before starting his PhD, he worked some years as environmental consultant and GIS analyst, especially in Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). You can find more information about Francesc’s publications, research projects and professional profile here: www.researchgate.net/profile/Francesc_Baro
In an increasingly urban planet, many cities and their inhabitants are facing multiple pressing threats within their borders, including heat stress, pollution and growing disconnection with the biosphere. Improving sustainability, resilience and livability in urban areas should be thus a major goal on the policy agenda, from local to global authorities. The operationalization of concepts such as ‘ecosystem services’, ‘green infrastructure’ and ‘nature-based solutions’, is claimed by a mounting number of policy-makers, practitioners and scientists as the way forward to address many of these urban challenges. My research interests focus on the role of greening strategies to cope with diverse urban challenges from a critical and multi-scale spatial perspective, considering also negative impacts such as disservices and trade-offs (e.g., green gentrification). I have conducted most part of my fieldwork and research in Barcelona, the city where I was born and I live.
Urban ecosystem services; green infrastructure; nature-based solutions; spatial analysis; landscape and urban planning; social-ecological systems; urban resilience.
Email UAB: Francesc.Baro@uab.cat
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