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 ecological knowledge

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 conservation

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

Resilience and transformation

Investigating transformative pathways toward sustainability founded upon the concept of ecosystem services and nature-based solutions.

Featured Projects

November 2020 - April 2022

Bringing indigenous and local knowledge to climate change policy.

January 2023 – December 2027

This project aims to enrich ethnobiology’s field-based ethos with a global analytical focus, connecting on-the-ground realities with the higher spheres of international decision-making.

September 2020- August 2024

The INTERLACE project aims to empower and equip European and CELAC cities to effectively restore and rehabilitate (peri)urban ecosystems towards more liveable, resilient and inclusive cities. The ...

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