Academia in the Time of COVID-19: Towards an Ethics of Care

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Computer Platform Gives Visibility to Catalonia's Small Villages

A research team from the UAB, in collaboration with the Association of Microvillages of Catalonia, has created a Geographic Information System (GIS) for Active and Sustainable Hamlets (GISASH), which gathers information on the state of and services offered by the more than 330 municipalities in Catalonia with fewer than 500 inhabitants.

Environmental justice defenders victims of violence and murder

Grassroots movements halt environmental degradation in up to 27% of environmental conflicts worldwide, according to a study by the ICTA-UAB.

El Locos por la Tierra retoma las sesiones en formato virtual

El programa Locos por la Tierra impartido por el ICTA-UAB ha reanudado sus sesiones formativas en formato virtual.

Technological changes and new low-carbon lifestyles, key to mitigating climate change impacts

In order to mitigate climate change impacts and achieve a more sustainable society, it is necessary to transform the current energy system based on fossil fuels into a model based on renewable energies.

Exploring climate change impacts through popular proverbs

Members of an irrigation community doing maintenance work in an acequia de careo (irrigation canal built at the top of the mountain) to improve the circulation of water for irrigation and human consumption.

Neolithic vessels reveal dairy consumption in Europe 7,000 years ago

Pottery from the site located in Verson (Francia) analysed during the research (Picture by Annabelle Cocollos, Conseil départemental du Calvados ou CD14 publicada en Germain-Vallée et al.

Mapping out the impacts of pollution upon Indigenous Peoples worldwide

Sulphur mine in Ijen, Java, Indonesia. Picture by Joan de la Malla.

Economic growth is incompatible with biodiversity conservation

A study involving more than 20 specialists in conservation ecology and ecological economics highlights the contradiction between economic growth and biodiversity conservation.

Encuesta: El rol del verde residencial durante el confinamiento por el brote de COVID-19 en España

El grupo de investigación BCNUEJ (www.bcnuej.org) del ICTA-UAB (https://ictaweb.uab.cat/) y del IMIM (www.imim.es) está realizando un estudio sobre el papel del verde residencial (vegetación interior, en balcones, en terrazas, cubiertas verdes, jardines particulares, etc.

ICTA-UAB shares protective material with hospitals

ICTA-UAB is since last Monday 16 March 2020, an Institute with Restricted Access. Most of the laboratories are empty, the Scientific and Technical Services are closed, only the basic services are working and most of the people is working and staying at home.

Higher and earlier pollen concentrations expected for this spring

Spring and summer pollination will begin a few days earlier than usual and in important numbers, reaching higher than average levels (from the 1994-2019 period).

Power struggles hinder urban adaptation policies to climate change

Transformative actions implemented by cities to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change may be hindered by political struggles for municipal power.

Analysis of tropical fire soot deposited in the ocean will help predict future global climate changes

The ICTA-UAB begins a scientific expedition in the Atlantic Ocean to collect dust and smoke samples from the fires of tropical Africa deposited in marine sediments.

What elements and characteristics should forests have to influence human health?

Despite the increasing interest of the scientific community and society towards the potential of forests as a source of human health, the existing scientific literature does not allow for a coherent relationship between the type of forest and different health variables.

Red coral effectively recovers in Mediterranean protected areas after decades of overexploitation

Protection measures of the Marine Protected Areas have enable red coral colonies (Corallium rubrum) to recover partially in the Mediterranean Sea, reaching health levels similar to those of the 1980s in Catalonia and of the 1960s in the Ligurian Sea (Northwestern Italy).

Sub-national “climate clubs” could offer key to combating climate change

‘Climate clubs’ offering membership for sub-national states, in addition to just countries, could speed up progress towards a globally-harmonised climate change policy, which in turn offers a way to achieve stronger climate policies in all countries.

Victoria Reyes-García receives an ERC Proof of Concept grant linked to the LICCI project

Victoria Reyes-García ICREA Research Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is one of the 76 top researchers that will receive ERC Proof of Concept grants.

ICTA-UAB demands the UAB to reduce number of flights

Given our current climate emergency, recently acknowledged by the UAB, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has drawn up a proposal urging the University to put into action a new travel policy to tackle one of its most polluting activities: Flying.

New assessment finds EU electricity decarbonization discourse in need of overhaul

It’s well known that the EU is focusing its efforts on decarbonizing its economy.

Mining waste dumped into Portmán Bay continues to release metals into the sea 25 years later

The waters of the Mediterranean Sea continue to receive dissolved metals from the mining waste deposited in Portmán Bay (Murcia) 25 years after the cessation of mining activity.

A new ICTA-UAB project to assess the impacts of micro- and nano-plastics in the tropical and temperate oceans

A new project led by ICTA-UAB researcher Patrizia Ziveri is one of five projects selected for funding by the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans).
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Tristan Partridge, MdM postdoctoral researcher
Tristan  Partridge, MdM postdoctoral researcher

Tristan Partridge is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence at ICTA, focusing on environmental justice. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh (UK) and an MSc in Global Movements, Social Justice and Sustainability from the University of Glasgow (UK). Before moving to ICTA, Tristan worked on the NSF-funded collaborative project “Energy, Risk, and Urgency” based at the University of California, Santa Barbara (USA) where he maintains affiliation as a Research Fellow.

Research Interests
My current research studies the justice implications of emergent energy technologies and initiatives. This builds on previous work (conducted in Ecuador, Scotland, the USA, and India) on issues around the commons, unconventional fossil fuels and energy extraction, water, indigenous rights and community cooperation. My research has addressed inequalities associated with energy systems and climate change and has explored different ways in which marginalized communities organize to address intersecting socioecological inequalities - through protests and indigenous mobilizations for land rights, food initiatives and seed-saving, community-owned irrigation water pipelines, and off-grid energy systems.

Keywords
Energy; Anthropology; Environmental Justice; The Commons; Indigenous Politics; Ecuador; India.

Publications
Journal articles
Partridge, T., M. Thomas, N. Pidgeon, B. Harthorn (2019) “Disturbed Earth: Conceptions of the deep underground in shale extraction deliberations in the US and UK.Environmental Values 28(6): 641-663.

Herr Harthorn B., L. Halcomb, T. Partridge, M. Thomas, C. Enders, N. Pidgeon (2019) “Health risk perception and shale development in the UK and US.Health Risk & Society 21(1-2): 35-56.

Partridge, T., M. Thomas, N. Pidgeon, B. Harthorn (2018) “Urgency in energy justice: Contestation and time in prospective shale extraction in the United States and United Kingdom.” Energy Research & Social Science 42: 138-146.

Thomas, M., T. Partridge, N. Pidgeon, B. Harthorn, C. Demski, A. Hasell (2018) ”Using role play to explore energy perceptions in the United States and United Kingdom." Energy Research & Social Science 45: 363-373.

Partridge, T. (2017) "Resisting ruination: resource sovereignties and socioecological struggles in Cotopaxi, Ecuador." Journal of Political Ecology 24: 763-776.

Partridge, T., M. Thomas, B. Harthorn, N. Pidgeon, A. Hasell, L. Stevenson, C. Enders (2017) “Seeing futures now: Emergent US and UK views on shale development, climate change and energy systems.Global Environmental Change 42: 1-12.

Thomas, M., T. Partridge, B. Harthorn, N. Pidgeon (2017) "Deliberating the perceived risks, benefits and societal implications of shale gas and oil extraction by hydraulic fracturing in the US and UK." Nature Energy 2: 17054.

Thomas, M., N. Pidgeon, D. Evensen, T. Partridge, A. Hasell, C. Enders, B. Harthorn, M. Bradshaw (2017) “Public perceptions of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas and oil in the United States and Canada.” WIREs Climate Change, e450. www.dx.doi.org/10.1002/wcc.450

Partridge, T. (2016) “Rural Intersections: Resource Marginalisation and the ‘non-Indian Problem’ in Highland Ecuador.” Special issue, “The Rural as a Dimension of Environmental Injustice.” Journal of Rural Studies 47(A): 337-349. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.12.001

Partridge, T. (2016) “Water Justice and Food Sovereignty in Cotopaxi, Ecuador.” Environmental Justice 9(2): 49-52.

Partridge, T. (2016) “Inheriting Struggle and Forming the Future: Indigenous Education-Creation Centres in Highland Ecuador.” Themed issue, “Place, Learning, and Resilience.” Journal of Sustainability Education (vol. 11, Feb. 2016).

Partridge, T. (2015) “Recoupling Groups Who Resist: Dimensions of Difference, Opposition and Affirmation.” Journal of Resistance Studies 1(2): 12-50.

Journal commentaries & Op-eds
Partridge, T. & J. Barandiaran (2019) "Cat Canyon Emissions Numbers Are Wrong: Official Figures Are Far Worse." The Independent (Santa Barbara), 20th March.

Barandiaran, J., T. Partridge, M. Damluji (2019) "Santa Barbara would embarrass California if it approves this dirty oil project." San Francisco Chronicle, 6th March.

Partridge, T. (2017) “Baraat Lalten, or, Energy/Excess/Celebration [Our Electric Illuminations]” in “Our Lives With Electric Things: Theorizing the Contemporary.” Cultural Anthropology, December 19. https://culanth.org/fieldsights/1273-our-electric-illuminations

Partridge, T. (2016) “Energy is Everywhere: on Imaginaries and ‘Contested Powers.’Anthropology Today 32(4): 26-7.

Partridge, T. (2016) “Engaging Anthropology in Deliberation and Facilitation.” Practicing Anthropology 38(3): 37-8.

Book chapters
Partridge, T. (2018) "The commons as organizing infrastructure: Indigenous collaborations and post-neoliberal visions in Ecuador" in E. Apostolopoulou & J. Cortes-Vazquez (eds.) The Right to Nature: Social movements, environmental justice and neoliberal natures. London: Routledge-Earthscan.

Partridge, T. (2017) “Unconventional Action and Community Control: Rerouting Dependencies Despite the Hydrocarbon Economy” in K. Jalbert, A. Willow, D. Casagrande & S. Paladino (eds.) ExtrACTION: Impacts, Engagements and Alternative Futures. New York: Routledge.

Pidgeon, N., M. Thomas, T. Partridge, D. Evensen, B. Harthorn (2017) “Hydraulic Fracturing: A Risk for Environment, Energy Security and Affordability?” in R. Kasperson (ed.) Risk Conundrums: Solving Unsolvable Problems. New York: Routledge, Earthscan Risk in Society.

Tristan Partridge, MdM postdoctoral researcher
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