Research area

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.

We examine  the political, social, behavioural and ecological conditions that enhance or undermine the success of climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity conservation and sustainable land-use management policies and projects, with special emphasis on justice, poverty and wellbeing considerations, in both urban and rural contexts.

We are interested in examining how effective and socially just policy framings (e.g. ecosystem services, nature-based solutions) and instruments for biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable management of ecosystems actuarlly are.

We wish to disentangle which factors (e.g. culture, history, institutions, behaviour) mediate the design and effectiveness of such policies and instruments.


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

Projects research area: "Environmental governance and conservation"

March 2020 - February 2022
  • Rural vulnerability
  • Climate change
  • Depopulation
  • Unequal trade
  • Exposure
  • Sensitivity
  • Adaptive capacity

Un índice de vulnerabilidad socio-ambiental para apoyar en el diseño de nuevas políticas de desarrollo rural en España

June 2020 - November 2023
  • Payments for ecosystem services
  • motivations
  • behaviour
  • institutions
  • Mexico
  • Colombia

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?

September 2020- August 2024
  • Urban ecosystem restoration
  • nature-based solutions
  • resilient and inclusive cities
  • co-production of knowledge
  • sustainable urban development
  • multi-directional cooperation between EU and CELAC

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 ...

Noviembre 2023-Abril 2025
  • Soluciones basadas en naturaleza
  • Adaptación
  • Vulnerabilidad
  • Buenas prácticas

En España, el cambio climático presenta importantes desafíos, riesgos e impactos que exigen la adaptación y mitigación. Las soluciones basadas en la naturaleza (SBN) son clave para enfrentar estos desafíos debido a su capacidad para proporcionar múltiples beneficios ecológicos, sociales y económicos. Sin embargo, aún no se dispone de un sistema nacional de catalogación de las SBN que contemple las particularidades del territorio, lo que dificulta la implementación del PNACC. Por tanto, el proyecto E:SBN propone la creación de un sistema de identificación, clasificación y catalogación de las SBN en España, que promueva la planificación coherente y maximice su eficacia.

December 2017 - December 2019
  • Climate Change
  • Climate Justice
  • Collective Action
  • Community-Based Adaptation

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

April 2017 - March 2020
  • Social-Ecological Mountain Systems
  • Community Conservation
  • Agdal
  • Argan Biosphere Reserve
  • Participatory Governance
  • Ethno-Ecology
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge.

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

January 2018 - January 2022

Research, innovation and social responsibility framed around the concept of telecoupling.

October, 2017 – September, 2022
  • Pastoralism
  • Ecosystem services
  • customary-based governance
  • in-situ biodiversity conservation

Spearheading heritization procedures for conserving and supporting pastoral ICCAs in Mwanda-Marungu, Taita hills, Kenya

January 2016 - December 2019
  • Human-environment relations
  • Landscape
  • Diachronic
  • Mediterranean
  • Bio-cultural diversity.

Identifying the socio-ecological dynamics of agroecosystems, agrobiodiversity and anthropised landscapes of the Mediterranean

February 2019 - December 2019
  • Montenegrin ICCAs/commons
  • Pastoralism
  • Mediterranean Mountains
  • Heritage
  • Transdisciplinarity.

Exploring the possibilities of a paradigmatic pastoral common of Montenegro and its natural and cultural ‘heritage’ values

May 2017 - October 2019
  • Hispano-Moroccan ICCAs/commons
  • Pastoralism
  • Mediterranean Mountains
  • Heritage
  • Transdisciplinarity

Studying the performance of Hispano-Moroccan pastoral commons and their natural and cultural ‘heritage’ values

November 2017 - November 2020
  • Cultural Landscapes
  • Morocco
  • Mediterranean
  • ICCAs/Commons
  • Bio-cultural diversity.

Communal governance systems for the sustainability of cultural land use practices securing biodiversity

September 2019 – May 2022
  • Artistic activism
  • environmentalism
  • gender and diversity
  • environmental conflicts

Understanding the role of cultural expressions, arts and multimedia in upholding transformations in water-related conflicts

December 2011 - November 2014
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Community-Based Conservation
  • Protected Areas
  • Biosphere Reserves
  • Adaptation
  • Resilience

Investigating the effectiveness of community-based conservation through a co-enquiry approach

January 2010 - December 2014

Developing and analysing the implementation of a REDD+ pilot project in Tanzania

December 2016 - December 2017
  • Agricultural Intensification
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Land Sharing
  • Land Sparing

Synthesizing the effects of agricultural intensification on ecosystem services and poverty alleviation.

November 2015 - October 2017
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Poverty
  • Development
  • Discourses
  • Networks

Parsing out debates over ecosystem services and poverty

July 2015 - June 2018
  • Biodiversity Offsetting
  • Environmental policy
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • European Union

Analyzing the implementation of habitat banking in Spain and the UK, and controversies over this policy at EU level.

February 2014 - October 2018
  • REDD+
  • Conflict
  • Cooperation
  • Livelihoods
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • Vietnam

Investigating the effects of REDD+ policies and pilot projects on forest governance, livelihoods and conflict

  • Collaborative management
  • mental models
  • protected area
  • outcomes
  • shared understanding
  • small-scale fisheries
  • social equity
  • systematic review

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.

September 2015 – October 2020
  • Pastoral resources management
  • Customary-based management of commons
  • ICCAs
  • Agro-pastoralism
  • Wahehe

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

January 2010 - December 2015
  • Bolivia
  • Infraestructure Development
  • Indigenous Peoples

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

  • Hunter-Gatherers
  • Indigenous and Local Knowledge
  • Integration to market economy
  • wellbeing

A longitudinal study to examine how market exposure and modernization affect the well-being of a highly autarkic population, the Tsimane' in the Bolivian Amazon

February 2012-May 2015
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Ecosystem services
  • Values
  • Trade-offs
  • Effective policies

Advancing insights in tradeoffs and synergies between biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem service values for improved integrated biodiversity policy

October 2013 - June 2018
  • Ecosystem services mapping
  • Green infrastructure
  • Landscape and urban planning
  • Barcelona

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)

October, 2020 - November, 2023
  • Living rural heritage
  • mountains
  • agro-forestry-pastoral practices
  • cultural memory
  • participation

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

April 2020- July 2021
  • Urban and rural commons
  • social and solidarity economy
  • community-led organisations
  • co-production
  • public administration

The project aims to improve the understanding of the commons in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona to contribute to better promote collaboration between local governments and community-led ...

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