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.

La asociación Amics de la UAB premia al ICTA-UAB

L’ICTA-UAB va rebre un dels premis que l’associació Amics de la UAB lliura cada any en el marc de la Festa Amics UAB.

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.

ICTA-UAB to organize the International Conference 2020 on Low-Carbon Lifestyle Changes

ICTA-UAB will host the International Conference 2020 on Low-Carbon Lifestyle Changes with the aim of exploring the role of changing lifestyles in climate change mitigation.

Iron availability in seawater, key to explaining the amount and distribution of fish in the oceans

People tend to pay more attention to how much food they are eating, than with how rich their diet is in essential micronutrients like iron.

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).

Big data reveals extraordinary unity underlying life’s diversity

Limits to growth lie at the heart of how all living things function, according to a new study carried out by ICTA-UAB researchers  .

Jeroen van den Bergh, awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands

The environmental economist at ICTA-UAB Prof. Dr Jeroen van den Bergh was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands.

Paris Agreement hampered by inconsistent pledges, new ICTA-UAB research finds

Some countries' Paris Climate Agreement pledges may not be as ambitious as they appear, according a new study carried out by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).

High lead concentrations found in Amazonian wildlife

Researchers from ICTA-UAB and the UVic-UCC detect high levels of lead concentration in wildlife samples from the Peruvian Amazon caused by lead-based ammunition and oil-related pollution in extraction areas.

Study gauges trees’ potential to slow global warming in the future

The Pyrenean forests, the Cantabrian coast and Galicia show an important potential to accumulate even larger amounts of carbon dioxide in the future and thus help to slow down the increase in CO2 concentrations which are warming the planet.

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.

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.
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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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