Irene Iniesta-Arandia

Irene Iniesta-Arandia
Autonomous University of Barcelona | UAB · Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technologies (ICTA)

PhD in Ecology and Environmental Sciences

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Introduction
My research interest lies in the realm of human and environment interactions and I use mainly three bodies of work: the social-ecological systems perspective (commons and collective action, ecosystem services, resilience), environmental feminism (feminist political ecology, gender and environment) and political ecology (peasant studies, environmental conflicts).
Additional affiliations
March 2018 - March 2019
University of Cordoba (Spain)
Position
  • PostDoc Position
January 2016 - May 2017
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
March 2009 - December 2015
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Field of study
  • Ecology and Environmental Sciences
September 2007 - February 2009
September 2006 - August 2007
Lund University
Field of study

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Publications (45)
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La influencia y legitimidad social del conocimiento científico están decreciendo globalmente. Una de las razones es la falta de interacción y comu-nicación entre los ámbitos de la ciencia, la gestión y las poblaciones locales o la sociedad en su conjunto. En los ámbitos de las políticas de soste-nibilidad y la crisis socioecológica global, esto rep...
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In the last decade, an awareness towards temporary rivers has increased globally in response to drying climates and growing human demand for water. However, social perceptions of temporary rivers have rarely been incorporated in their science and management. In this study, we advance an understanding of the socio-cultural values of temporary rivers...
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Este artículo explora cómo las perspectivas feministas, en relación a las dinámicas de género y poder, aportan a las formas transformadoras de abordar la actual crisis climática. En la primera parte del artículo introducimos la necesidad de una mirada feminista a la hora de analizar los impactos diferenciales del cambio climático en relación al gén...
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Local ecological knowledge systems have been the basis of Sierra Nevada’sSierra Nevadasocial-ecological systemSocial-ecological system, which has co-evolved over more than ten centuries until nowadays, based on the knowledge, practices, and innovations deriving from the relationship between people and the ecosystems on which they depend. In Sierra...
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The depletion of freshwater sources by indiscriminate industrial actions is one of the direct causes of the current water crisis. One of the emblematic cases of this problem is the Atacama Desert, a unique hyper-arid zone in which an extensive copper industry depletes its scarce freshwater reserves. This territory, occupied for millennia by indigen...
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Combining socio-cultural valuations of ecosystem services with ecological and monetary assessments is critical to informing decision making with an integrative and multi-pronged approach. This study examined di↵erences in the perceptions of ecosystem service supply and diversity across eight major ecosystem types in Spain and scrutinized the social...
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The end of the first working program of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) provided an opportunity to draw lessons from its work. This perspective paper captures insights from ecosystem services (ES) researchers and practitioners, largely drawing from the Europeancontext (referred to herein...
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The conditions that contribute to institutional robustness of community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) regimes are well understood; however, there is much less systematic evidence regarding whether and how CBNRM regimes adapt to changing environments. We address this question by exploring drought adaptation of 37 irrigation associations...
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Reducing Air Travel in a Just Way Flying is the fastest way to heat the planet. How can a reduction of aviation and its climate impact be achieved in a just way? The report, published in December 2019, fills an important gap: While it has been clear to the climate movement and civil society that “green growth” of aviation is and will be an illusion...
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Volar es la forma más rápida de freír el planeta. ¿Cómo se puede lograr una reducción de la aviación y de su impacto medioambiental de una manera justa? El informe, publicado en enero de 2020, llena un vacío importante: si bien el movimiento climático y la sociedad civil tienen claro desde hace tiempo que el “crecimiento verde” de la aviación es y...
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Recent studies have shown the opportunities and limitations of participatory mapping for ecosystem services management, although it is an incipient research area. One of the research questions yet to be addressed is whether the composition of stakeholder groups has an effect on the outputs of participatory mapping. In this study, we assessed the in...
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A thorough understanding of long-term temporal social-ecological dynamics at the national scale helps to explain the current condition of a country’s ecosystems and to support environmental policies to tackle future sustainability challenges. We aimedcto develop a methodological approach to understand past long-term (1960-2010) social-ecological dy...
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A thorough understanding of long-term temporal social-ecological dynamics at the national scale helps to explain the current condition of a country's ecosystems and to support environmental policies to tackle future sustainability challenges. We aimed to develop a methodological approach to understand past long-term (1960-2010) social-ecological dy...
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Biodiversity conservation strategies that overlook the interests of local people are prone to create conflicts. The ecosystem service approach holds potential for more comprehensively integrating the social dimension into decision-making in protected areas, but its implementation in conservation policies is still in its infancy. This research asses...
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The ecosystem service (ES) concept is becoming mainstream in policy and planning, but operational influence on practice is seldom reported. Here, we report the practitioners' perspectives on the practical implementation of the ES concept in 27 case studies. A standardised anonymous survey (n=246), was used, focusing on the science-practice interact...
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An increasing number of studies demonstrate the need of applying a social-ecological system approach for landscape planning. However, there is a lack of empirical research that operationalizes the concept of social-ecological system for landscape planning through the characterization of social-ecological interactions. In this study, we develop a me...
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The main goal of this special issue is to offer a room for interdisciplinary and engaged research in global environmental change (GEC), where gender plays a key role in building resilience and adaptation pathways. In this editorial paper, we explain the background setting, key questions and core approaches of gender and feminist research in vulnera...
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This synthesis article joins the authors of the special issue “Gender perspectives in resilience, vulnerability and adaptation to global environmental change” in a common reflective dialogue about the main contributions of their papers. In sum, here we reflect on links between gender and feminist approaches to research in adaptation and resilience...
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Biophysical and social systems are linked to form social-ecological systems whose sustainability depends on their capacity to absorb uncertainty and cope with disturbances. In this study, we explored the key biophysical and socio-cultural factors underlying ecosystem service supply in two semiarid watersheds of southern Spain. These included variab...
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Local ecological knowledge (LEK) has been found to be one of the main bridges to manage biocultural diversity. We analyzed the factors affecting LEK maintenance and transmission in a Mediterranean watershed. We used a mixed methods approach to evaluate the agricultural LEK in three different dimensions: biological, soil and water management, and fo...
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The Spanish National Ecosystem Assessment (SNEA), supported by the Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministry of Environment, is the first analysis conducted on the status and trends of ecosystem services in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of Spain. The results of the SNEA are expected to help build bridges between interdisciplinary scientific know...
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Ecosystem services studies currently lack information regarding stakeholders' socio-cultural values. This information is highly relevant to human well-being, which is the motivation of ecosystem services assessments. We present re-sults from an analysis of stakeholders' perceptions of ecosystem services, well-being and drivers of change in two semi...
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The Spanish National Ecosystem Assessment (SNEA), supported by the Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministry of Environment, is the first analysis conducted on the status and trends of ecosystem services in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of Spain. The results of the SNEA are expected to help build bridges between interdisciplinary scientific know...
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Prólogo realizado por Jose Luis Molina. Capítulo introductorio que recoge los conceptos básicos del ARS. Casos prácticos con aplicación del ARS al contexto del management, transferencia de conocimiento, salud pública y marketing digital.
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Strategies for the conservation of biodiversity need interdisciplinary approaches in order to face the drivers of change that are modifying ecosystems and the communities that manage them. Among these approaches, the dimensions of gender have been under-examined despite their relevance. In this study, we propose to identify and characterize the rel...
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Conservation education and outreach programs are a key approach to promote public understanding of the importance of biodiversity conservation. We reviewed 85 biodiversity conservation projects supported by the Spanish Ministry of Environment's Biodiversity Foundation. Through content analysis and descriptive statistics, we examined how the project...
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Este libro recoge un capítulo introductorio sobre los conceptos básicos del Análisis de Redes Sociales (ARS). Su contenido principal está fundamentado en casos prácticos de la aplicación del ARS al contexto de: capital social y management, salud y epidemiología, transferencia de información, marketing digital, etc. El prólogo está fue llevado a cab...
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Governance of the commons depends on the capacity to generate collective action. Networks and rules that foster that collective action have been defined as social capital. However, their causal link is still not fully understood. We use social network analysis to assess social capital, decision-making, and collective action in a forest-based common...
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Ecosystem service assessments have increasingly been used to support environmental management policies, mainly based on biophysical and economic indicators. However, few studies have coped with the social-cultural dimension of ecosystem services, despite being considered a research priority. We examined how ecosystem service bundles and trade-offs...
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Main characteristics of sites included in this study. (PDF)
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Summary statistics of socio-economic characteristics of polled people for each case site. (PDF)
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Summary of the variables obtained from the questionnaire and used for the different analysis performed in the study. (PDF)
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Characteristics of study sites in relation to climate data in Spain. (PDF)
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La biodiversidad es esencial para la supervivencia del ser humano en la Tierra. Del buen funcionamiento de los ecosistemas acuáticos y terrestres españoles y de la biodiversidad que albergan, depende en buena medida el futuro social, cultural y económico de la población, ya que constituyen el capital natural de nuestro país. El bienestar humano en...

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This Special Issue comprises nine in-depth studies analyzing oil palm expansion dynamics and the livelihood implications for disparate social groups (oil palm smallholders, forest-dependent com- munities, and rural workers). The collection spans a range of theoretical frameworks used to address the diversity and multidimensionality of oil palm expansion trajectories in Latin America. From smallholder-based production to corporate plantations integrated into their own mills, including mixed forms of production in between, we observe different forms of inclusion (and exclusion) in oil palm production, leading to divergent outcomes for both livelihoods and landscapes.
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This is the first analysis performed on the status and trends of services terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of Spain and its contribution to the welfare of its inhabitants. It tries to take the debate on the conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity beyond academia and link to the wishes of a good life to which they aspire all actors in society. The message you are trying to convey, supported by empirical data, is clear: the present and the economic, social and cultural future of the people of Spain ecosystems is closely linked to the conservation of its ability to generate supply services. Ultimately, the results presented provide interdisciplinary scientific information from the sciences of sustainability managers, companies, NGOs and civil society about the consequences of changing ecosystems and biodiversity loss has on the human welfare of its inhabitants. EME began in Spain in 2009 and has presented the results of the evaluation of the biophysical dimension in 2012. Biophysics Ecosystem Assessment of Spain has involved about 60 scientists from the biophysical and social sciences. Under one integrated and inclusive framework has incorporated bodies of knowledge of ecology, biology, agronomy, forestry and environmental sciences, engineering, ecological economics, demography, cultural anthropology, political science or moral philosophy assess the implications for human welfare degradation of ecosystems and loss of biodiversity in Spain. Among the main results achieved so far out that the proper functioning of ecosystems Spain and biodiversity depends on the social, cultural and economic future of its population, since it is the biophysical basis or natural capital upon which the rest is built. However, currently, between 40-68% of species are threatened assuming a significant loss of biodiversity and 45% of services evaluated ecosystems have been degraded or are being used unsustainably, with services regulation, more negatively affected. Regulating services are in fact the support or basis for the provision of other services, but they are nevertheless the most invisible in environmental management policies and / or territorial for lack of a reflection on the markets. This shows that the evaluation of ecosystem services requires consideration of multiple dimensions associated with the supply and demand of services, from biophysics dimension to the socio-cultural and economic. In this context, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment of Spain faces the challenge in its next stage of take a step further in assessing ecosystem services and complete dimensions hitherto covered by the socio-cultural value and financial services ecosystems Spain. Express the value of ecosystem services in economic and social importance is a powerful tool to: 1) make visible those ecosystem services without market value, as most regulatory services and a large number of services traditional cultural to seek environmental policies that do not encourage imbalances in the flow of services provided, 2) support the collection of environmental and territorial decisions and that most planning decisions territory taking into account economic data, therefore, better information on such monetary terms is crucial for achieving better decisions, and finally, 3) is a powerful communication tool to society. The results of the assessment Millennium Ecosystem of Spain is expected to help break down barriers and build bridges between interdisciplinary scientific knowledge and decision making, to visualize empirical data, complex relationships that exist between preserving ecosystems and human well-being of present and future generations. It is also expected to serve to increase awareness of Spanish society, including the business sector on the importance of ecosystems and biodiversity in the different components of its human well-being, including economic development.
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FRACTAL is a collective composed by eight women researchers coming from different trajectories, expertise, experiences and institutions, joined by common aspirations, concerns and the firm belief of passion, determination and effective science-society commitment to meet the socio-environmental challenges our world is facing. After more than five years working together in different networks and projects, the group has been officially recognized as Spanish Association. The name of FRACTAL is inspired by the mathematical object, that is a repetition of a pattern across scales. It remembers us that how the inner system appears and act may reflects how the system appears at higher level. Thus, FRACTAL is for us an intimate space of care and reflection where we can develop ideas and passions together to create a political space of care-full and collaborative science. We pretend to be attentive to the political economy of knowledge production that challenges dominant models of science and strengthen transformations towards a more socially just and sustainable world. The FRACTAL collective mission is to generate, disseminate and transfer knowledge on sustainable socio-ecological systems for social transformation through an action research approach based on three fundamental pillars: 1) Participation, facilitating stakeholders’ involvement with scientists in transdisciplinary research processes and co-producing knowledge by bridging dialogues among epistemologies; 2) Engagement / Commitment, weaving networks between different people, organizations and institutions; and 3) Transformation, considering environmental feminism one of the key elements to provide resilience in our questions and answers. Integrating a wide range of theoretical frameworks, methodologies, and techniques from social to biophysical dimensions, our lines of research focus on an interdisciplinary analysis on: 1) socio-ecological system assessments and global environmental change; 2) sustainable communities, social innovation and territory; 3) environmental conflicts analysis; 4) gender and feminist analysis and 5) policies evaluation oriented to change at local, national and international scale. Our research has been developed mostly in Latin and Central America, Asia, Europe and North Africa (Mediterranean Basin).