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).
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. 

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