Sara Maestre-Andrés

Sara Maestre-Andrés

Postdoctoral Researcher

I am an environmental social scientist with 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 human-nature relationships and environmental governance by designing and evaluating strategies, policy instruments and processes that contribute to the conservation of biodiversity, ecosystem services provision and the mitigation and adaptation to climate change. I have also conducted research on the social perceptions of the effectiveness and fairness of climate policies. I am further interested on transitions and transformative change, with a specific focus on the role of social innovations and commons-led coproduction. My studies are located in the intersection between human geography, political ecology and socio-ecological systems. I adopt a transdisciplinary research approach to advance knowledge and practice on governance structures that include intensive stakeholder participation and knowledge co-production processes. 

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), The rollout of market-based environmental management in the EU (US National Science Foundation, 2017), Understanding societal views on carbon pricing (RecerCaixa, 2017-2019) and Commons-led coproduction in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona: experiences and learning at the territorial level (Càtedra Política Econòmica Local, 2020-2021). I am currently involved in a Horizon 2020 project called INTERLACE (2021-2024) which focuses on effective restoration and rehabilitation of (peri)urban ecosystems to advance towards more liveable, resilient and inclusive cities; and a Biodiversa-WaterPJI-Cofund project NICHES which explores the potential of nature-based solutions to mitigate urban runoff, flooding and sewer overflow events to advance towards sustainable, resilient and just urban transformation.


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