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 environmental governance by designing and evaluating 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 have also done work on the social perceptions of the fairness of climate policies. I am further interested in advancing knowledge on governance structures that include intensive stakeholder participation and 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.  


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