Why do environmentalists eat meat?

A study by researchers at the ICTA-UAB analyses the reasons why environmentally-minded scientists find it difficult to give up meat consumption, one of the world's greatest environmental problems.

La gestión del verde urbano permite incrementar la presencia de pájaros en las ciudades

Incrementar la biodiversidad del verde urbano permitiría aumentar la presencia de aves paseriformes en las ciudades mediterráneas, según un estudio científico realizado por investigadores del Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) que analiza qué estrategias hay que implementar sobre la vegetación urbana para conseguir "naturalizar" las ciudades favoreciendo la entrada de flora y fauna.

The Ebro River annually dumps 2.2 billion microplastics into the sea

An ICTA-UAB study analyses the distribution and accumulation of microplastics from one of the main rivers of the western Mediterranean.

European project to support rooftop greenhouses projects

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is launching an open call to support rooftop greenhouse projects, in the framework of GROOF Project.

El ICTA-UAB participa en el proyecto que habilitará 10 escuelas de Barcelona como refugios climáticos

El Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) es una de las instituciones impulsoras de un proyecto que habilitará 10 escuelas de Barcelona como refugios climáticos para disminuir el impacto de las altas temperaturas del verano.

A warmer ocean will lead to 17% reduction in global marine animal biomass, by the end of the century

Climate change will affect the distribution and abundance of marine life, but the full extent of these changes under future warming has been difficult to predict due to the limitations of individual ecosystem models used for such forecasts.

New study dismisses green growth policies as a route out of ecological emergency

Researchers from ICTA-UAB and the Goldsmiths University of London suggest that emissions reduction is only compatible with a lower economical degrowth or a degrowth scenario.

New cross-boundary approach for addressing wicked weed problems

Weed species continue to spread and management costs continue to mount, in spite of best management practices and efforts by research and extension personnel who promote them to land managers.

Urban green spaces do not benefit the health of all

In general, the creation of parks and green spaces in urban centers has positive effects on the health of city residents.

ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé receives an ERC Advanced Grant

ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé has been awarded an Advanced Grant (AdvGr) from the European Research Council (ERC) to develop the project "New geochemical approach to reconstruct tropical palaeo-atmospheric dynamics" (PALADYN).

Urban Agriculture on Rooftops Provides Healthy, Fresh and Sustainable Food

​The implementation of urban gardens on building rooftops could produce fresh, healthy and sustainable agricultural food and guarantee the food sovereignty of cities, which are becoming increasingly populated.

Indigenous knowledge, key to a successful ecosystem restoration

Ecological restoration projects actively involving indigenous peoples and local communities are more successful. This is the result of a study carried out by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).

Future changes in human well-being more likely to depend on Social Factors than Economic Factors

The changes in the perception of personal well-being that could take place in the next three decades, on a global level, depend much more on social factors than on economic ones.

Success at ICTA-UAB: Six ERC Grants In Three Years

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded six European Research Council (ERC) grants in three years, from the end of 2015 to the end of 2018. Each project (of between 1.5 and 2 million euros) lasts for five years and allows the recruitment of a team of six or seven doctoral students and postdocs.
EEI SEMINAR: “Green inequities in children’s urban socio-natures” by Carmen Pérez del Pulgar

Date: 2019-01-17

Title: “Green inequities in children’s urban socio-natures”

Speaker: Carmen Pérez del Pulgar, ICTA-UAB

Moderator: Isabelle Anguelovski, ICTA-UAB

Day: Thursday, 17 January 2019
Time: 12.30h
Room: Z/023

Municipalities are increasingly resorting to the creation and restoration of green amenities as a tool to achieve more sustainable and healthy cities. In turn, many urban green amenities are directed to inner city children and families to promote greater contact with nature and freedom to engage in ‘free’ or ‘creative’ play. As this green-playful-child-friendly entanglement directs more and more aspects of the production of space in some cities, recent research points toward a correlated tendency to reify and commodify the concepts of children, nature and play, producing an uneven territory of the green-playful-child-friendly city that is at odds with the claims toward universal benefits.

In this seminar I will present my recent work in Barcelona undertaken with the objective of exploring the making/unmaking of green-playful-child-friendly socio-natures, the role of power and capital in these processes, and the effects that these spaces have on urban equity and children’s wellbeing. We quantitatively analysed the distribution of green-playful-child-friendly amenities since 1990 relative to class, ethnicity and educational differences by neighbourhood. For the case of Parc Central de Poble Nou and the Parc Central de Nou Barris, we qualitatively observed the socio-material interactions producing wellbeing in these two spaces. The idea was to test how children in neighbourhoods with different income bases, urban transformations and park features relate with other people and the environment in the new green-playful-child-friendly spaces.

Carmen Pérez del Pulgar Frowein graduated in Political Science at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2013) and holds a MSc. Degree in Human Geography from the Universiteit van Amsterdam (2015). Carmen is currently a PhD candidate at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona - ICTA -BCNUEJ and her research is part of the ERC funded project GREENLULUS. Carmen’s research interest focuses on the inclusiveness of urban spaces and the fragmentations of the urban space by race, gender, class and age that shape the experience and the feelings of their residents. Focusing on this contested nature of cities, she questions how conflicting conceptualisations of cities become populated and renegotiated through everyday urban spaces. Carmen is particularly interested in the factors that determine the conflicts and inequities around the production of green, playful and child-friendly cities. 

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