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.
New paper published in Ecology and Society comparing 23 case studies of participatory future scenario planning.
New paper published in Oecologia as "Highlighted Student Research" focusing on the effects of land use change on taxonomic and functional diversity.
New paper published in Journal of Arid Environments on the willingness to give up time as a non-monetary method to evaluate ecosystem services
Evaluating ecosystem services applied to fisheries management
Published an article in BioScience about applying the social-ecological approach to protected areas
21|10|2014The SES Lab collaborates in the organization of the international workshop on “Power Relations and Ecosystem Services (PORES)”, held in October 23rd and 24th in the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville
25|06|2014Irene Iniesta-Arandia, Berta Martín–López, Elisa Oteros-Rozas and Federica Ravera assisted to the International Conference Resilience and Development: mobilizing for trasformation, which took place in Montpellier, France, May 4-8, 2014.
25|06|2014Carlos Montes and José A. González have participated in a Seminar on Environment and Climate Change organized by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECID) in Antigua, Guatemala (6-7 May)