Nace El Observatorio del Besòs: un proyecto de seguimiento de la calidad de los sistemas fluviales de la cuenca

La Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) a través del Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA-UAB), y el Consorci Besòs Tordera evaluarán el estado de calidad a largo plazo de la cuenca del Besòs gracias a la creación de la Observatorio del Besòs.

Shift in large-scale Atlantic circulation causes lower-oxygen water to invade Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence

The Gulf of St. Lawrence has warmed and lost oxygen faster than almost anywhere else in the global oceans.

Climate Change Modifies the Composition of Reefs

Corals devastated by climate change are being replaced naturally by other species such as gorgonians, which are less efficient in acting as a carbon sink.

ICTA-UAB launches the first master’s Degree in “Political Ecology. Degrowth and Environmental Justice”

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) launches the master’s Degree in “Political Ecology.

Pioneering study analyses the effects of forests on human health

A group of volunteers have participated in an experimental study conducted by the ICTA-UAB to analyse the potential health benefits of forests.

Marine Litter on Mediterranean Beaches Triples in Summer

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) analyses and quantifies the waste generated by tourists in eight islands of the Mediterranean as part of the European BLUEISLANDS project.

Mapping the Urban Vitality of Barcelona

Researchers at the UAB have mapped Barcelona and and 9 surrounding towns using a new methodology based on urbanism activist Jane Jacobs' ideas on how cities should be configured to become vital spaces: 25% of the area is classified as having high vitality.

Agricultural intensification not a “blueprint” for sustainable development

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Joan David Tàbara Villalba
Joan David Tàbara Villalba

J. David Tàbara is Associate Senior researcher working on knowledge integration for sustainability at the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (ICTA-UAB). He is also a member of the Global Climate Forum (www.globalclimateforum.org) of the Quality Research Group on Water, Land use, Tourism and Sustainability (http://geografia.uab.es/grats/) at UAB and a member of the Board of the Catalan Experts’ Group on Climate Change. He has lectured on Environmental Sociology, Integrated Assessment methods and public participation in Sustainability Science. He is a founding member and was member of the Board of the Research Committee on ‘Environment and Society’ of the International Sociological Association (ISA -RC-24). Formerly, he was a lecturer in environmental management and politics at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and also worked for the Institute of Advanced Social Research of the Spanish Higher Council of Scientific Research (IESA-CSIC). He obtained his Phd in the field of environmental sociology in 1995 at the University of Barcelona and holds Degrees in Economics, Environmental Economics and Business Administration. He also holds the Research Professorship Habilitation provided by Agency for the Quality of Catalan Universities System.

He has been involved in numerous international research projects related to sustainability and climate issues (ULYSSES, HARMONICOP, MATISSE, ADAM, VISION, AR5 in Europe…). Within the GCF, he was part of the executive coordination of the EU project Global Systems Dynamics and Policy (www.gsdp.eu) launching the foundational Orientation Paper on Global Systems Science (GSS). At present, he works for the EU project IMPRESSIONS having defined the concept of Transformative Climate Science (TSC) and ‘positive tipping points’ to face high-end climate change (www.impressions-project.eu). At the EU project GREEN-WIN (http://green-win-project.eu) he explores the role of win-win solutions which yield both short-term economic gains and climate benefits aligned with sustainable development, with special emphasis in energy poverty eradication and resilient livelihoods.

He has published extensively on socio-environmental science and participatory knowledge integration methods, with particular attention to questions of public perception, social learning, communication and public engagement for sustainability. He contributed to the first book on Public Participation in Sustainability Science (Kasemir et al. CUP, 2003) and among others also to the following books: Making Climate Change Work for Us (Hulme et al. CUP, 2010), and European Research for Sustainable Development (Jaeger et al. Springer, 2011), Reframing the Problem of Climate Change (Jaeger et al., Earthscan 2012) and The Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change (Lockie et al., Routledge, 2013). In 2009 he received a best paper award at the EU Conference on Research for Sustainable Development and also the award for Research Excellence at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

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Joan David Tàbara Villalba
Email UAB: Joandavid.tabara@uab.cat
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