I am an environmental social scientist who studies human-nature relationships, and the impact of social, policy and environmental change on resource governance. Specifically, I study environmental public policies in the areas of land-use governance, climate change mitigation, adaptation and biodiversity conservation, and how these impact livelihoods in the global South and transform resource management institutions and people’s behaviour. I am married and we have two children: Pol (2011) and Jana (2015). When I’m not at work, doing fieldwork, or with my family, I tend to be road cycling or mountain biking.
Career and CV
I studied Environmental Sciences, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (1999), and a postgraduate degree in Environmental Management, Universitat de Barcelona (2000). Subsequently, I moved to the UK and coursed an MSc degree in Natural Resources and Development and a PhD in International Development, University of East Anglia (2001, 2005).
Between 2005 and 2010, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the School of International Development, University of East Anglia, as well as a part-time lecturer at the University of Cambridge (2009-2011). In 2011, I joined the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, first as a ‘Ramón y Cajal’ senior fellow (2011-2015), later on as a ‘Banco de Santander’ senior researcher (2016-2018), and now as a Research Professor (2018-). At ICTA, I co-lead the Laboratory for the Analysis of Socio-Ecological Systems in a Global World (LASEG) with ICREA Professor Victoria Reyes-García.
I have done long-term fieldwork in Mexico, Belize, Tanzania, and Argentina, and research findings have been published in top-tier scientific outlets, including Nature Climate Change, Global Environmental Change and Geoforum or World Development. I have also written several books and book chapters, dozens of policy briefs, working papers and consultancy reports, as well as served as guest editor in 11 special issues. I presently (co-)supervise 5 PhDs and have guided 6 PhD dissertations to completion. I have also supported the career development of 4 post-doctoral researchers.
I am an editor of the journal Geoforum, and I have sit in the international editorial boards of the journals Global Environmental Change (2013-2015) and the Journal of Peasant Studies (ongoing). I am a member of the International Society for Ecological Economics, the International Association for the Study of the Commons, and the Association of American Geographers. I have authored the ‘Sustainable Development and Equity’ and ‘Agriculture, Forestry and Land-Use’ chapters of the 5th Assessment Report of Working Group III (Mitigation) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Besides doing research and teaching, I enjoy fatherhood, mountaineering, travelling and endurance cycling. I have participated in several mountain bike multi-stage competitions, such as the Titan Desert (2016) and the Transpyr (2017), and I love to go on family cycling holidays. When inspiration thrives, I also write amateur poetry (Yamana, 2011).