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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Sonia Graham, MdM postdoctoral researcher
Sonia Graham, MdM postdoctoral researcher

Sonia began her career as a research officer for Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in the then Agricultural Landscapes Program. This experience motivated Sonia to complement her undergraduate Science degree with a PhD in sociology. Sonia’s  doctoral research at Charles Sturt University, supervised by Ian Gray, explored how the evolution of trust and power in relationships between farmers and governments affect the achievement of environmental collective action. This was followed by postdoctoral research with Jon Barnett, Ruth Fincher and Anna Hurlimann at the University of Melbourne. During her postdoctoral research, Sonia developed a framework of lived values and an associated method that enables policy makers to identify which social values are affected by climate change impacts, and how to incorporate such values into adaptation policies.  In 2015, Sonia moved to Sydney to join the UNSW School of Social Sciences as a lecturer in Social Research and Policy. Sonia joined ICTA-UAB as a postdoctoral fellow in December 2017. Her current research is titled: Achieving fair and collective adaptation to sea-level rise.

Research interests
I have established a strong body of research that investigates environmental collective action, justice, and values. I am passionate about undertaking applied and transdisciplinary environmental research in Australia and internationally. I achieve innovation by bridging social and biophysical sciences and by combining quantitative and qualitative methods. I am particiularly interested in combining my interests in collective action and environmental justice to improve climate adaptation policies and outcomes. There is a need to understand how a range of civil society and government actors design and engage in collective climate adaptation efforts, and the extent to which such efforts deliver outcomes that are fair for current and future generations.

Key words
Environmental geography, rural sociology, social movements, collective action, climate change, invasive species

Sonia Graham, MdM postdoctoral researcher
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