• 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

September 2015 – October 2020

In-depth ethnographical description and eco-anthropological analysis of the customary-based management system of pastoral resources among the Wahehe, agropastoral group of Iringa region, Tanzania

April 2019 – April 2023

What is the contribution of Ecosystem Services to the creation of sustainable, just and resilient cities? An environmental justice perspective

December 2017 - December 2019

How do communities work together to adapt to sea-level rise? Do the collective actions they initiate and engage in produce fair outcomes?

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