Global Change · Resilience · Natural capital · Ecosystem services · Functional diversity · Adaptive governance · Environmental justice
We are a research group that focuses on exploring the structure, functioning and dynamics of social-ecological systems (humans in nature) from a systemic and transdiciplinary approach, to tackle complex issues related to sustainability.
The scope of our research covers a wide range of topics in the frontiers among nature, culture and society. Our work can be framed in what has been called "Sustainability Science". From integrative disciplines such as Ecological Economics, Political Ecology, Systems Ecology, and Conservation Ecology, we aim to develop new strategies and conceptual frameworks that contribute to the transition toward sustainability.
In doing so, we use various methodological tools such as natural capital and ecosystem services evaluation, characterization of functional diversity, assessment and management of social-ecological resilience, scenario analysis (ecofutures), or participative territorial planning and management, among others.
Our research is intended to bring down barriers and tend bridges between social and biophysical sciences, as well as between researchers and decision-makers, to build adaptive capacities in the face of current global change.
The Mediterranean ecoregion and Latin America are the geographical areas where we currently concentrate most of our efforts.
Published an article in BioScience about applying the social-ecological approach to protected areas
02|12|2013The social-ecological systems lab has participated in the Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Integrating Social-Ecological Resilience into the New Development Agenda that has taken place in the city of Medellín, Colombia from 2-4 December.
23|05|2013Sara Mingorría pre-doctoral research was part of the team making the documentary "El oro o la vida" about the impacts of gold mining in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, which has won awards at Human rights film festival of Barcelona 2013.
21|02|2013 Federica Ravera, PhD in ecological economics for the Autonomous University of Barcelona, will be part of our staff granted by the 4U alliance.