LASEG's research spans across three main areas or themes: Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) and environmental change; Environmental governance and biodiversity conservation; and Urban and rural ecosystem services. These are described below.

Research areas

Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) and environmental change

We investigate how Indigenous Peoples and local communities’ knowledge is affected by environmental change and how such knowledge can contribute to understand environmental change impacts. We acknowledge that these Peoples and communities often live

  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Local Environmental Knowledge
  • Ethno-climatological Knowledge
  • Climate Change Adaptation

Environmental governance and biodiversity conservation

We research on environmental governance processes in the areas of climate change and the conservation of biodiversity, from international to national and local levels. We are concerned with the effects that such processes and any ensuing policies ...

  • Environmental Governance
  • Agricultural Intensification
  • Protected Areas
  • Community-based Conservation
  • Social-environmental Conflicts
  • Poverty and Wellbeing

Urban and rural ecosystem services

We study (and sometimes work on the application of) new policy and resource management approaches founded upon the concept of ecosystem services. These include payments and markets for ecosystem services, as well as the UN-REDD+ framework or “green ...

  • Green Infrastructure
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Urban Resilience
  • Integrated Valuation
  • Landscape and Urban Planning
  • Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES)
  • Biodiversity Offsets
  • REDD+
  • Biocultural Diversity
  • Cultural Scosystem Services
  • Ecological-distribution Conflicts

Other research

We also investigate or write about issues that do not strictly fit with our three main areas, including for example:

Global environmental change and policy debates, as a result of our participation in international research networks and ...

  • Global change
  • Rural and urban planning
  • Feminist academia
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