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.
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Pablo Domínguez Gregorio
Pablo Domínguez Gregorio

Pablo Domínguez is a CNRS Senior Researcher at GEODE (UMR 5602 CNRS - University of Toulouse 2) and LASEG ICTA-UAB Linked Researcher (IVU). He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology and Ethnology (School of High Studies in Social Sciences of Paris (EHESS) & Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)), a MSc in Social Anthropology and Ethnology at the EHESS, and a BSc in Environmental Biology (Autonomous University of Madrid). At the same time, he has undertaken several postdocs, one at the Social and Cultural Anthropology Department of the UAB, one at the Center for Bio-Cultural Diversity of the School of Anthropology and Conservation of Kent University (Canterbury, UK), one at the Social Anthropology Department of the University of Barcelona and two at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the UAB.

Research interests
For the first decade of the years 2000, his main theoretical question has been how symbolical-religious representations and socio-material uses of the Environment relate to each other. He mainly searched answers to this question from the case of agro-silvo-pastoralist Amazigh/Berber populations of the High Atlas of Morocco and their AGDALS, Maghreb’s prime customary commons which are at the same time a natural and a cultural subject (www.tdx.cat/bitstream/10803/79093/1/pdg1de1.pdf). Nevertheless, his current research focusses on 1.- how to understand the most transversally possible such customary systems of communal pastoral resource governance and 2.- possible alleys of support to these systems (commons/ICCAs: https://www.iccaconsortium.org/index.php/discover/), as they tend most often to find themselves in crisis due to (among others) uneven political equilibriums, uncontrolled market integrations, cultural globalization, land seizures, climate change and different demographic dynamics. And even though, they make constant prove to be pools of environmental conservation at the same time as source of meaningful livelihoods that give life to strong cultural frameworks with deep historical roots; thus, meriting to be backed up. 

He approaches this from an ever growing original eco-anthropological perspective (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1CZib7R7jIRIyKoPpzTlQtI7gWaNcq-1F) and a trans-disciplinary methodology (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1LHzBKEKe6oWioL-CO3hjQSlZ334jHtU-). 

As he continues developing and expanding his knowledge in this arena about the Moroccan case, since 2015 he has started to open this approach within new commons and populations of agro-silvo-pastoralists in mountain sites, particularly of the Mediterranean region such as the Dinaric Alps, the Pyrenees and the Andalusian Baetic mountains, but also in East Africa through his PhD students (e.g. Kenya and Tanzania).

Keywords
Eco-Anthropological Transdisciplinarity · Farming · Pastoralism · Agdals/Commons/ICCAs · Magreb · Mediterranean · Mountains · Political Ecology

Pablo Domínguez Gregorio
Email UAB: Pablo.Dominguez@uab.cat
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