• Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Justice and conservation: the need to incorporate recognition

    In light of the Aichi target to manage protected areas equitably by 2020, we ask in this article how the conservation sector should be incorporating concerns for social justice. We focus in particular on ‘recognition’, because it is the least well understood aspect of environmental justice, and yet highly relevant to conservation because of its concern […]

  • Climate change mitigation
  • Carbon offsets: accommodation or resistance?

    In this themed issue published in the journal Environment and Planning A, we contribute to ongoing debates analysing the effects of climate-offsetting activities at different scales and on different peoples and ecologies. The starting point of the issue is, first, our conviction that carbon offsetting deserves scrutiny to ensure the continuous evaluation of climate policy instruments, in order […]

  • Environment & Human Development
  • Who writes for the IPCC?

    This week in the journal Nature Climate Change, colleagues and I published an analysis of who has participated in the latest 5AR mitigation report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). We analyse North-South representation, institutional pathways, co-authorship patterns and disciplinary backgrounds, using Social Network Analysis of authors’ CVs. The US and UK are […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Land-based climate change mitigation, land grabbing and conflict

    This is the first Working Paper of the MOSAIC project, a 4-year international research project aimed at studying the interesection between land-based climate change mitigation, land grabbing and conflict, in Asian countries in political transition, i.e. Cambodia and Myanmar. The project involves grassroots civil society organizations, NGOs and academic partners from these two countries, the […]

  • Environment & Human Development
  • Mainstreaming impact evaluation in nature conservation

    In December 2013, I co-organized a workshop in Forest Conservation Policy Evaluation in Barcelona, sponsored by the INVALUABLE project, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Center for International Forestry Research and the European Association of Environmental Resource Economics. A synthesis article of that workshop has recently appeared in Conservation Letters, in which we argue that an […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • How do biosphere reserves influence local vulnerability and adaptation?

    In a new paper led by my colleague Isabel Ruiz-Mallén and published online in the journal Global Environmental Change, we interrogate how biosphere reserves can influence local vulnerability and adaptation. Based on a comparative study of four rural communities in Mexico and Bolivia we explore if resource management regulations can increase vulnerability and compromise individual […]

  • Environment & Human Development
  • Research and teaching contracts in Catalan universities

    Spanish media has often noted the various challenges that universities should overcome in order to improve their position in international quality rankings, including: the lack of public-private financing to do more and better research; stabilizing the brightest researchers; improving the coordination and cooperation with the private sector and the evolving needs of students, which do […]

  • Environment & Human Development
  • How effective are biodiversity conservation payments in Mexico?

    In this new article, published in the leading international research journal PLOS One and led by UAB PhD candidate Sébastien Costedoat, we assess the additional forest cover protected by 13 rural communities located in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico, as a result of the economic incentives received through the country’s national program of payments […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Valuing nature, paying for ecosystem services and realizing social justice

    In the latest volume of the journal Ecological Economics, I contribute to ongoing debates about the role of economic valuation in market-based conservation. I respond to an earlier piece by Brett Sylvester Matulis, nuance some of his arguments and set what I believe should be the new agenda for critical scholarship of market-based conservation. I […]

  • Environment & Human Development
  • “We are the city lungs”. Payments for ecosystem services in the outskirts of Mexico city.

    In a recently published article in the journal Land Use Policy, we reflect on the impact of a public program of payments for forest conservation in the outskirts of Mexico city. Have been such payments effective in protecting forests? What are the main challenges in this regard? Have been payments a means to support local people’s […]