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.
MdM INCUBATOR: “Dynamics of conflict, confluence and ‘commoning’ versus shrinking civic space in Nicaragua” by Elyne Doornbos

Date: 2019-09-03


Title: “Dynamics of conflict, confluence and ‘commoning’ versus shrinking civic space in Nicaragua”. 

Speaker: Elyne Doornbos, ICTA-UAB

Date: Tuesday September 3rd 2019
Time: 12.30h
Venue: Espai Montseny Z/023

On April 18th 2018, students in Nicaragua’s major cities sparked what would become a broad-based national civil uprising. Triggered by both the social security reforms of the Instituto Nicaragüense de Seguridad Social (INSS) and the bushfire in the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve, the revolt evolved from economic and ecological demands into a call for the resignation of the Ortega-Murillo regime, who have turned the country into a police state where the freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly are violently repressed. Against the backdrop of the nationwide uprising, this research explores the dynamics of conflict, confluence, and ‘commoning’ through a comparative analysis of three social movements in Nicaragua – the Movimiento Estudiantil 19 de Abril, the Movimiento Campesino, and the Alianza de los Pueblos Indígenas y Afrodescendientes de Nicaragua (APIAN) – as well as the national umbrella organisation, the Unidad Nacional Azul y Blanco (UNAB). The situatedness of their respective struggles alters convergence patterns of these movements in proactive and defensive ways, i.e. in anticipation of more repression, or in response to it. These convergence politics remain an understudied dimension of social movements. Thenceforth, this research assesses the emancipatory potential of these collective entities and other varieties of grassroots action, including frontline communities, in this context of severely restricted space for civil society actors. In assessing the dynamics of mobilisation and cooperation between them, it aspires to integrate social movement scholarship and commoning theories. As this cooperation may take many forms and may be of a horizontal (between scales) or vertical (across scales) nature, this research takes a particular interest in potentially emergent patterns of hybridisation of civil society actors: the blending of identities, ideologies and organisational cultures, and the fusing of resistance tactics, strategies and discursive framings. With emancipatory politics being concerned with both resistance to an oppressive status quo and an envisioned alternative pathway towards a more just society, this hybridisation places an important focus on forms of commoning, understood as both organising of the commons and organising for the commons, so as to ensure their protection and reproduction. The constitutive, normalising and/or challenging practices embedded in both horizontal and vertical ‘doings in common’ invoke Giddens’ notion of duality of structure, and direct attention to the transformative potential of Nicaragua’s contemporary struggles as a counterforce to shrinking civic space. 

Elyne Doornbos is originally from The Netherlands, where she completed her Research Master in International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam in 2016. She subsequently worked as a junior programme officer for Both ENDS and ActionAid, two Amsterdam-based nongovernmental organisations that focus on issues in the Global South related to land rights and women’s rights. On December 1st, 2018, she started her PhD at the ICTA under the supervision of Dr. Villamayor-Tomás. 


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