Lucia Arguelles holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering obtained at the University of Oviedo in 2009. She completed a MSc in Environmental Studies at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg (2010-2012). In her master's thesis she criticized the current GIS-based estimations of the so-called marginal lands for biofuel feedstock plantations in Africa. Her current research interests include spatial analysis of environmental justice, land use science, food sovereignty and urban political ecology. In addition, she is also implicated in education for sustainability and works occasionally as group facilitator with Barcelona cooperative. At ICTA, Lucia previously worked for the EJOLT project, developing the spatial analysis of the conflicts registered and creating featured maps for EJOLT reports. She is currently completing her PhD on the environmental (in)justice embedded in the so-called alternative economy / transition initiatives through a study of 60 community initiatives in Europe. Her aim is to examine if these communities can be considered a new form of environmental privilege or if, on the contrary, they are accessible for and benefit to different segments of the population. She is also interested in the internal politics that are present within transition or alternative communities and their relationship with governmental actors. In that regard, she analyzes how internal dynamics and external actors facilitate or hinder the impacts that community initiatives might have.
Email UAB: Lucia.Arguelles@uab.cat
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