• Indigenous and local knowledge
    and environmental change

  • Environmental governance
    and biodiversity conservation

  • Urban and rural ecosystem services

  • LASEG

Laboratory for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems in a Globalised world

The Laboratory for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems in a Globalised world (LASEG) is a research group at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB). We aim to better understand how local and indigenous knowledge can contribute to environmental sustainability, and how to better reconcile biodiversity conservation and the provision of ecosystem services with human wellbeing.

We conduct our research in a large range of societies (i.e., indigenous peoples, urban and rural communities) and we pay attention to temporal scales (i.e. contemporary and archival work). We employ a variety of quantitative and qualitative research techniques from the social and natural sciences, and the combination of different types of data and disciplinary backgrounds enriches our work and makes it potentially more relevant to multiple disciplinary audiences.

Research areas

Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) and environmental change

Researching on how Indigenous Peoples and local communities’ knowledge is affected by environmental change and how such knowledge can contribute to understand environmental change impacts.

Environmental governance and biodiversity conservation

Researching environmental governance processes in the areas of climate change and the conservation of biodiversity, from international to national and local levels.

Urban and rural ecosystem services

Studying and applying new policy and resource management approaches founded upon the concept of ecosystem services.

Featured Projects

February 2019 - December 2019

Exploring the possibilities of a paradigmatic pastoral common of Montenegro and its natural and cultural ‘heritage’ values

October 2013 - June 2018

The main goal of this project was to map and assess ecosystem services in the Province of Barcelona and integrate them in the existing decision-support tool SITxell (Territorial Information System for the Open Spaces Network of the Barcelona Province)

January 2015 – December 2019

This project evaluated citizen science as a tool to increase and diversify participation in traditional ecological knowledge conservation.

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