About Me

Professional profile and CV

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 rural livelihoods and transform resource management institutions and people’s behaviour.

I studied Environmental Sciences, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (1999), and coursed a postgraduate degree in Environmental Management, Universitat de Barcelona (2000). Subsequently, I moved to the UK to study an MSc degree in Natural Resources and Development (2001) and to develop a PhD in International Development, University of East Anglia (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’ research fellow (2011-2015) with a Marie Curie Career Integration grant; subsequently as a ‘distinguished’ senior researcher (2016-2020), and now as an ICREA Research Professor and ICTA’s Scientific Director (2020-). At ICTA-UAB, I co-lead the Laboratory for the Analysis of Socio-Ecological Systems in a Global World (LASEG).

I have done long-term fieldwork in Mexico, Belize, Tanzania, and Argentina, and research findings have been published in top-tier scientific outlets, such as 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 several special issues. I have significant MSc/PhD supervision experience and I have supported the career development of 6 post-doctoral researchers.

I am an associate editor of the journals Geoforum and Ecology and Society, 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 Spanish Scientific Committee of UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Programme and a member of the following academic societies: the International Society for Ecological Economics, the International Association for the Study of the Commons, and the Association of American Geographers. I co-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).


Other passions

Besides doing research and teaching, I enjoy the company and energy of my two children: Pol (2011) and Jana (2015). I also like cycle touring, mountaineering, travelling, and, particularly, endurance cycling. I have participated in several mountain/gravel bike multi-stage competitions, including the Cape-Epic and the Cat700 (2019, 2020, 2021), the Catalonia Bike Race (2018), the Transpyr (2017) and the Titan Desert (2016). When inspiration thrives, I also write amateur poetry (Yamana, 2011).