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Sara Maestre-Andrés

Sara Maestre-Andrés

Postdoctoral Researcher

I am an environmental social scientist and postdoctoral researcher at ICTA-UAB. I hold a PhD in Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB, 2016), a MSc in Ecological Economics and Environmental Management (ICTA-UAB, 2011) and a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the UAB (2010). 

My research is focused on designing strategies and policy tools that improve current biodiversity conservation policies, ecosystem services provision and mitigate climate change. I am interested in the investigation of nature-society relationships in capitalism, with a particular emphasis on the political ecology of nature conservation. I study the implications of market-based approaches for the conservation of biodiversity and the reduction of CO2 emissions. I am further interested in advancing knowledge on governance structures that include intensive stakeholder participation. I carried out previous research on ecological distribution conflicts in the context of storage facilities for nuclear waste. 

I am/was involved in national and international projects such as CONNECT (Linking biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services; BiodivERsA ERA-NET, 2012-2015), Framing debates about poverty reduction and ecosystem services (ESPA Programme, 2016) and The rollout of market-based environmental management in the EU (US National Science Foundation, 2017). Currently, I am involved in the project Understanding societal views on carbon pricing (RecerCaixa, 2017-2019).

Publications

  • Perceived fairness and public acceptability of carbon pricing: a review of the literature Maestre-Andrés, S, Drews S., van den Bergh J.C.J.M (2019). Climate Policy.
  • Unravelling stakeholder participation under conditions of neoliberal biodiversity governance in Catalonia, Spain Maestre-Andrés, S, Calvet-Mir L, Apostolopoulou E (2018). Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 36 (7): 1299–1318.
  • Sociocultural valuation of ecosystem services to improve protected area management: a multi-method approach applied to Catalonia, Spain Maestre-Andrés, S, Calvet-Mir L, van den Bergh J.C.J.M (2016). Regional Environmental Change, 16 (3): 717-731.
  • Participation in protected areas: A social network case study in catalonia, Spain Calvet-Mir L, Maestre-Andrés, S, Molina J.L, van den Bergh J (2015). Ecology and Society, 20 (4).
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