The ICTA-UAB awarded an Erasmus+ for running a project on higher education and research in Biosphere Reserves

For the first time since its founding, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded approximately 1 million euros by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ funding scheme.

ICTA-UAB contributes to bridging science and society in the 100xCiencia.3

ICTA-UAB took part in the 100xCiencia.3 “Bringing Science and Society”, the annual event of the SOMMa Alliance held on November 15th at the CNIO in Madrid.

Citizens prefer landscapes that combine nature with built infrastructure

A pioneering study analyses the photographs shared by citizens in social networks to evaluate the aesthetic consideration of natural landscapes.

Co-managed small-scale fisheries lead to social and ecological improvements

The co-management model of small groups of fishermen contributes to a greater abundance and habitats of species.

ICTA-UAB to design participative and concurred forest fire prevention strategies for the Montseny region

Scientists from the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) aim to design prevention strategies for forest fires occurring in the Montseny Biosphere Reserve through a citizen participation process.

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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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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