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.
Panagiota Kotsila
Panagiota Kotsila

I am a postdoctoral researcher, with training in development studies, cultural and political change (PhD, ZEF - University of Bonn, 2014). I was also a fellow in the Marie-Curie FP-7 funded European Training Network in Political Ecology (ENTITLE). I have a background in biology and have completed the JEMES master on Environmental Studies, with joint training in Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal and at ICTA-UAB. I am currently based at ICTA and the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability (BCNUEJ), where I am leading research on urban political ecology and environmental justice, within the Naturvation H-2020 project on Urban Nature-based Solutions (NBS), innovation and sustainability. I am also one of the initiators and core editor of the entitleblog. My research spans the fields of water management, environmental health, water-borne and vector-borne disease, urban planning and greening, migration and environmental/climate change. I have strong experience in the Mediterranean context (Greece, Cyprus, Spain) but have also conducted fieldwork in Dublin, Ireland and the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. I currently teach the class of Political Ecology in the ICTA’s master program.
Research interests 
My core interest lies in the supra-disciplinary field of political ecology, examining how knowledge and power relations together shape socio-ecological outcomes and spheres. I have worked with the approaches of peasant studies, postcolonial studies, urban political economy and environmental subjects. I am now focusing on bringing together the political ecology framework with a critical public health approach that pays attention to health discourses and biopolitics. I am also working on a better understanding of the dialectics between nature-based urban sustainability initiatives and nature’s neoliberalisation processes. My interests expand into the politics of risk perception, the different understandings of ‘nature’ and the use of sustainability discourse in society.
Political ecology; waterborne and vector-borne disease; public health; risk perceptions; urban sustainability; environmental justice, discourse analysis, biopolitics. 

Panagiota Kotsila
Email UAB: panagiota.kotsila@uab.cat
Web: https://uab.academia.edu/PanagiotaKotsila
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