• 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 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

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

Featured Projects

January 2010 - December 2015

The effects of roads on indigenous people’s well-being and use of natural resources. A natural experiment in lowland Bolivia

April 2017 - March 2020

Local and global approaches to sustainable territory management in the Arganeraie Biosphere Reserve, Morocco

October, 2020 - November, 2023

The project will research and develop a ‘living heritage’ approach to conservation, promoting the ‘protection through use’ of upland environments and adjacent rural areas.

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