Socio-ecosystems lab: Building science for sustainability in a changing world

Global Change · Resilience · Natural capital · Ecosystem services · Functional diversity · Adaptive governance · Environmental justice

Erik Gómez Baggethun · Senior researcher

  • Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Norway, Oslo.
  • Senior Visiting Research Associate at the School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom.
  • Associate Researcher (Investigador vinculado) at Institute for Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).

Erik Gómez-Baggethun, PhD in Ecology and the Environment was a founding member of the Social-Ecological Systems Laboratory. At present he is a senior researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona Senior Vising Associate at the University of Oxford. His research covers a variety of topics in ecological economics and global environmental change, fields in which he has produced about fifty scientific publications. He participated in the initiatives ‘The economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity’ (TEEB) and ‘Cities and biodiversity Outlook’ (CBO1) and is part of an expert task force of the Inter-Governmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). He serves as vice President of the European Society for Ecological Economics and as national coordinator of the European Commission COST action on Urban Allotment Gardens in European Cities. He also serves in the editorial board of several international journals on biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainability sciences.


  • PhD in Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid(UAM).
  • Diplôme d’Etudes Universitaires Françaises (DEUF) en el École Supérieur Européen: Ingénierie de l’Espace Rural (IER), Université Jean Moulin Lyon III. Lyon, Francia, 2002-2003.
  • MSc in Environmental Sciences (2004-2005). Sostenibilidad: paradigma vigente y aproximaciones alternativas. Una visión desde la resiliencia. Ecology Department at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. 2004-2005.

Research projects

  • Operationalisation of Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services: From Concepts to Real-world Applications (OpenNESS). European Commission (FP7). 2013-2017. Funding: European Commission FP7-308428. Role: WP coordinator.
  • Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES). Pan-European call for international research projects on biodiversity and ecosystem services (Biodiversas). 2011-2014. Biodiversas - Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación - PRI-PIMBDV-2011-1179 Role: WP coordinator.
  • Urban Allotment Gardens in European Cities-Future Challenges and Lessons Learned (COST Action TU1201). European Commission. 2012-2016. Funding European Commission (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). Role: National Coordinator in Spain and member of the Management Committee.
  • Anàlisi i cartografia de serveis ecosistèmics en el marc del sistema d'informació territorial de la xarxa d'espais lliures (SITxell) (CF611182 / I073001 - €9,000). Role: Project coordinator. 2013-2014.
  • Factores socioculturales en la pervivencia de la recolección y consumo de plantas silvestres alimentarias y cultivos menores. Estudios de caso en la Península Ibérica y las Islas Baleares (WILD). Funding: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Spain. Role: Research team member. 2011-2014.

Selected publications

  • Gómez-Baggethun, E., Corbera, E., Reyes-García, V. 2013. Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Global Environmental Change: Research findings and policy implications. Ecology& Society 18(4): 72.

  • Gómez-Baggethun, E., Barton, D.N., 2013. Classifying and valuing ecosystem services for urban planning. Ecological Economics 86: 235–245.

  • Gómez-Baggethun, E., Reyes-García, V. 2013. Reinterpreting change in traditional ecological knowledge. Human Ecology 41: 643–647.

  • Gómez-Baggethun, E., Reyes-García, V., Olsson, P., Montes, C. 2012. Traditional ecological knowledge and community resilience to environmental extremes. A case study in Doñana, SW Spain. Global Environmental Change 22: 640-650.

  • Luck, G.W., Chan, K.M.A., Eser, U., Gómez-Baggethun, E., Matzdorf, Norton, B., Potschin, M.B. 2012. Ethical Considerations in On-ground Applications of the Ecosystem Services Concept. BioScience 62: 1020–1029.

  • Gómez-Baggethun, E., Alcorlo, P., Montes, C. 2011. Ecosystem services associated with a mosaic of alternative states in a Mediterranean wetland: Case study of the Doñana Marsh (southwest Spain). Hydrological Sciences Journal 56: 1374–1387.

  • Gómez-Baggethun, E., Ruiz-Pérez, M. 2011. Economic valuation and the commodification of ecosystem services. Progress in Physical Geography 35: 613-628.

  • Gómez-Baggethun, E., Mingorría, S., Reyes-García, V., Calvet, L., Montes, C., 2010. Traditional ecological knowledge trends in the transition to a market economy: Empirical study in Doñana natural areas. Conservation Biology 24:721-729.

  • Gómez-Baggethun, E., de Groot, R., Lomas, P., Montes, C. 2010. The history of ecosystem services in economic theory and practice: from early notions to markets and payment schemes. Ecological Economics 69: 1209-1218.

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