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.

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).
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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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