Researching environmental governance processes in the areas of climate change and the conservation of biodiversity, from international to national and local levels.
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 and projects have on social-ecological systems, in both urban and rural settings. Specifically, we aim to:
Spearheading heritization procedures for conserving and supporting pastoral ICCAs in Mwanda-Marungu, Taita hills, Kenya
Studying the performance of Hispano-Moroccan pastoral commons and their natural and cultural ‘heritage’ values
Understanding the role of cultural expressions, arts and multimedia in upholding transformations in water-related conflicts
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
Developing multi-scale indexes of socio-environmental vulnerability in rural Spain to devise policies that can promote sustainable rural livelihoods
How do payments for ecosystem services affect conservation motivations and land-use behaviour? How do local institutions, including land tenure and collective action, moderate the effect of payments on motivations and forest cover?
The project will research and develop a ‘living heritage’ approach to conservation, promoting the ‘protection through use’ of upland environments and adjacent rural areas.
Identifying the socio-ecological dynamics of agroecosystems, agrobiodiversity and anthropised landscapes of the Mediterranean
Exploring the possibilities of a paradigmatic pastoral common of Montenegro and its natural and cultural ‘heritage’ values
Investigating the effectiveness of community-based conservation through a co-enquiry approach
Synthesizing the effects of agricultural intensification on ecosystem services and poverty alleviation.
Advancing co-management research through a systematic review and case study research, the dissertation shows that co-management can indeed deliver positive social and ecological outcomes and it highlights the importance of social equity and social diversity in delivering such outcomes.
Advancing insights in tradeoffs and synergies between biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem service values for improved integrated biodiversity policy
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)