Sandra Ricart Casadevall

Sandra Ricart Casadevall
Politecnico di Milano | Polimi · Department of Electronics, Information, and Bioengineering

PhD on Experimental Sciences and Sustainability (Geography). Environmental Intelligence for Global Change Lab (DEIB - Politecnico di Milano)

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Introduction
Human-environment geographer interested in coupled human-nature systems interdependencies from social-learning and climate change. PhD in Experimental Sciences and Sustainability (UdG, 2014). Recipient of a H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship at the Environmental Intelligence for Global Change Lab, DEIB, Politecnico di Milano, 2020-2022). Lecturer at Masters on Natural Risks (UA, since 2018) and coordinator/lecturer at MOOC on Natural Risks (MiriadaX, UA, since 2019).
Additional affiliations
February 2020 - March 2020
Wageningen University & Research
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Hydrosocial Cycle Analysis (HSC) and Agent-Based Modelling (ABM) techniques according to different SIMTWIST project tasks.
June 2019 - December 2022
University of Alicante
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • SIMTWIST European project (Simulating Tourism Water Consumption with Stakeholders). Funded in JPI Water 2018 call. Partners: Wageningen (ccord.), Alicante and Bologna. Two case studies: Benidorm and Rimini (Ref: PCI2019-103395)
October 2018 - present
University of Alicante
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Geography of Risk, at Masters in Planning and Management of natural risks
Education
October 2009 - April 2014
University of Girona
Field of study
  • Experimental Sciences and Sustainability Doctoral Program
September 2008 - September 2009
Universitat de Girona
Field of study
October 2003 - June 2008
Universitat de Girona
Field of study

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Publications (114)
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The physical dimension of climate change tends to be addressed by accurate statistics and modeling. However, it remains challenging to delve into its social dimension because climate change is generally perceived abstractly, being difficult to discern changes as they occur. Furthermore, climate change observations are spaced over time, and individu...
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Farmers are aware of climate change impacts and promote adaptation measures such as changing crop varieties, adjusting planting dates, introducing agroforestry practices, and promoting soil and water conservation practices. However, some adaptation barriers persist such as the lack of information or limited knowledge of potential adaptation strateg...
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Individuals and communities socially construct risk, and societies with greater risk perception may be more apt to mobilize or adapt to emergent threats like climate change. Increasing climate change awareness is often considered necessary in the first stages of the adaptation process to manage its impacts and reduce overall vulnerability. Since ag...
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Waterscapes tend to be hybrids, partly natural and partly social, produced by historical developments, policies, stakeholder attitudes, and shifting biophysical states. These complex systems are characterized by human-nature interactions, in which conflicts over water allocation, poor governance, and asymmetrical power relationships affect decision...
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Climate change is already having adverse impacts, with place- and problem-based implications for communities and activities through higher temperatures, prolonged droughts, and more frequent extremes. Despite uncertainty about the full extent of future change however, adaptation will be required. Adaptation pathways planning is increasingly used as...
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Environmental challenges, social issues, and political structures intersect in urban areas pressing the agenda to achieve sustainability and urban resilience. However, their interaction remains insufficiently acknowledged and explored, without enough attention to how the urban environment mismatches or contradicts the living conditions of citizens...
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Our life is strongly dependent on the food we use, and almost all of the food we eat comes from agricultural products, directly or indirectly. Agriculture has a great contribution to water production, and due to water scarcity, freshwater resources are limited worldwide. All the issues together have highlighted the importance of using a waste water...
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Farmers’ perception of climate change is crucial in adaptation intention and process. However, farmers’ perceptions may not be timely, accurate and systematically consistent with the direction and significance of observational records. Although some research compared farmers’ perceptions and climate data, little attention has been paid to comprehen...
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Climate change is both a physical and social phenomenon in which individual understandings are contextualized within broader considerations: individuals are not ‘blank slates’ receiving information about climate change, but that information is always and inevitably filtered through values and worldviews. Personal experience, local knowledge, and so...
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Because climate change is both a physical and social phenomenon, personal experience has been considered the first step to entail how individuals perceive climate change risk and which actions can be promoted to reduce their vulnerability. Considering that agriculture is affected by climate change in several ways, farmers can provide first-hand obs...
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Coastal wetlands are among the most productive and valuable ecosystems worldwide, although one of the main factors affecting their survival is the coexistence between agriculture and conservation. This paper analyses the complex balance between agriculture and conservation coexistence in El Hondo Natural Park (Alicante, Spain) coastal wetland by ex...
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Farmers’ adaptation to climate change is a two-step process that involves perceiving stressors and identifying impacts to respond to variability and changes through specific actions and strategies. Hence, successful adaptation depends on how well changing climate is perceived, either from a ‘bottom-up’ pathway –where farmers observe and identify ch...
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Water policy and hydrological planning are critical aspects regarding water supply systems adaptation to water scarcity risk, aggravated by the uncertainties that climate change may pose on water availability. The importance of the science-policy interface is especially relevant in coupled human-nature systems where different water uses and high co...
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Water is an essential resource for tourism: from direct consumption (in-room water use) to irrigated gardens, swimming pools, and spas/wellness facilities to a wide range of leisure activities and landscaping. Numerous meta-analyses have contributed to this topic’s theoretical and empirical development. Scholarly studies on the water-tourism nexus...
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Climate change, in interaction with other drivers, has mainly negative consequences for the water cycle in the Mediterranean Basin, including reduced runoff and groundwater recharge, increased crop water requirements, increased conflicts among users, and increased risk of overexploitation and degradation. In this context, the identification and und...
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The Covid-19 pandemic has acted as a warning for the world’s current food system, especially in urban contexts with global food dependence. This article aims to analyse the food system behaviour of the Barcelona Metropolitan Region (in the northeast of Spain) during the first stage of the pandemic by deepening the behaviour of different peri-urban...
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Peri-urban interfaces tend to ensure water supply relying on their surrounding’ resources, generating water disputes when asking for collaboration. The urban-rural matrix of the Marina Baja county in southern Spain is characterized by inland irrigation and coastal tourism development, being the most water-intensive activities in Benidorm. This cont...
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Future agricultural sustainability and food security depend on climate-resilient and diverse agroecosystems, and consideration of stressors(e.g. biophysical, socio-economic) operating at multiple scales (e.g. local, regional, global). Climate shocks and chronic impacts from land use and climate changes threaten the structure, functioning and produc...
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Farmer distress is a widely recognized problem in India induced by multiple causes ranging from climate variability to price volatility and the low risk-bearing ability of farmers. Tracking farmers’ distress in a localized context is a prerequisite for timely action to provide sustainable livelihood options. Therefore, a field survey was conducted...
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The 2021 Summer School will focus on water and public spaces in urban areas. WHICH PROBLEM? Climate change is confronting global cities to extreme conditions that are not able to control natural events anymore. The process of urbanization has marginalized nature and water, provoking side effects: heat island, increasing of pollution, soil-sealing....
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Treated wastewater is constantly produced and relatively unaffected by climatic conditions, while Constructed Wetlands (CWs) are recognized as green technology and a cost-effective alternative to improve treated wastewater quality standards. This paper analyses how farmers consider (1) treated wastewater to face water scarcity risk and (2) CW as me...
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As socio-ecological systems, coastal wetlands constitute great economic, cultural, recreational and environmental value. However, due to rapid urbanisation and intensification of agricultural activities, these hybrid systems are continuously degraded, generating several ecological and social problems. This paper aims to deepen how agriculture-natur...
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Humanity has affected almost every ecosystem on Earth; it has even changed how the Earth works, ushering in a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. Climate change, biodiversity loss and the growing plastic soup in the oceans are all facets of this new epoch. Tourism is a main force behind the emergence of the Anthropocene and is also greatly impa...
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Balancing socio-ecological systems among competing water demands is a difficult and complex task. Traditional approaches based on limited, linear growth optimization strategies overseen by command/control have partially failed to account for the inherent unpredictability and irreducible uncertainty affecting most water systems due to climate change...
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Since the middle of the 20th century, urban-tourist development in tourist destinations on the Mediterranean coast has required the creation of complex water supply systems to guarantee a growing water demand. At present, the challenges posed by climate change around the management of water resources requires the implementation of adequate water po...
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As coupled human-natural systems, coastal wetlands constitute a resource of economic, cultural, recreational, and environmental value. However, due to rapid urbanization and intensification of agricultural activities, these hybrid systems are continuously being degraded, generating several ecological and social problems. This contribution aims to d...
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On the Mediterranean coast, urban-tourist growth has required the creation of sophisticated water supply systems to guarantee water demand, both in technical and in water governance terms. In some cases, the diversity of stakeholders and interests involved may affect the sustainability of the water system in addition to the challenges posed by clim...
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Agricultural water systems are highly sensitive and exposed to potentially substantial climate change impacts. In fact, agriculture is the sector most affected by water scarcity, as it accounts for 70% of global freshwater withdrawals and more than 90% consumption. Farmers develop their activity supporting a complex coupled human and natural system...
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Worldwide water consumption continues to grow, and it is estimated that in ten years, more than 160% of the total water volume worldwide will be needed to satisfy the global water requirements. In this context, non-conventional water resources are being considered to overcome water scarcity and reduce water conflicts between regions and sectors. A...
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Uno de los aspectos más discutidos entre la comunidad educativa es cómo frenar la tasa de abandono de los cursos online, masivos y en abierto (MOOC). Esta comunicación analiza el proceso de aprendizaje de un curso sobre el análisis geográfico de los riesgos naturales (Universidad de Alicante, plataforma MiriadaX) con el fin de identificar los patro...
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Desalination for sustaining agricultural production is conceived as an alternative water source in some Mediterranean countries faced with climatological and hydrological constraints. Although high costs are often cited as limiting factors, how farmers discern desalinated water has not been discussed in-depth in the literature. This paper aims to d...
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Research interest in massive online and open courses (MOOCs) is rapidly growing, questioning who enrolls, why and how to conceive engagement, and success rates. This study is focused on MOOC-takers behavior obtained from a seven-week MOOC experience on natural risks. Data scraping principles have been used to collect data. Demographics, success-dro...
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Risks exist anywhere along the food supply chain; however, the vast majority of negative safety outcomes occur during the handling, preparation, storage, retail and vending of food, and disposing of waste. This study examined the food safety standards followed by street-food vendors in two large cities of India, Hyderabad and Delhi in 2017 after th...
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Historic irrigation canals are valuable socioecological systems capable of delivering several ecological and cultural services. However, ecological modernisation initiatives are leaving decommissioned ditches in limbo. A case study strategy is used to analyse the history of a decommissioned 700-year-old canal network in northeastern Spain and the u...
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Although desalination water cost and quality standards have been widely studied, less attention has been paid to understanding how desalination plant managers and irrigation communities interact to address water scarcity. This paper aims to approach these questions from experience in Alicante and Murcia (Spain). Two specific questionnaires have bee...
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Water-related hazards such as water scarcity may be mitigated by considering interbasin and intersectoral transfers of freshwater, and by promoting the use of non-conventional water resources. This paper deepens on key driving factors able to define the benefits and barriers of a water exchange among agricultural and urban-tourism activities as a m...
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La gestión del regadío multifuncional se viene debatiendo en términos que incorporan tanto la preocupación por su impacto socioeconómico y ambiental, como discusiones acerca de los intereses público-privados que emanan de su promoción. Con ello, las cuestiones sobre quién forma parte de la toma de decisiones y en qué medida participa o ejerce ciert...
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This article examines and compares the status of land rights and their impacts on agricultural productivity, food security and well-being in a set of tribal and non-tribal villages in Telangana. Based on an intensive field survey, the research confirms that tribals without formal land rights remain largely unable to benefit from government support...
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An integrated farming system (IFS) aims to sustain agricultural production, maintain farm incomes, safeguard the environment and respond to climate change impacts. Experiments in a tribal farmer's fields during 2016–2018 with two IFS models (pulse and cotton) were conducted in the Telangana region, India. An on‐farm reservoir (OFR) is designed for...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to identify the tourism potential of natural and cultural heritage in historical irrigation canals by promoting social learning and providing digital tools to local and visitors. Design/methodology/approach This research is based on the EUWATHER project (JPI – Cultural Heritage, HERITAGE PLUS Joint Call 2015),...
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The narrative of reusing water for agricultural purposes is sometimes conceived as being one of the reasons versus emotions, which might not capture the complexity of the issue at hand, including the legitimate fear of risks, diffuse regulations and the visceral reactions from farmers and the public. By analysing recent peer-reviewed literature (20...
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The successes and failures of water reuse schemes are shaped by complex interrelationships between technological, economic, and socio-political factors. However, it has long been recognized that the main challenges to more effective water management are largely social rather than technical. This article reviews the recent literature (2007–2017) to...
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The scientific understanding of climate change is firmly established; it is occurring, it is primarily due to human activities, and it poses potentially serious risks to human and natural systems. Nevertheless, public understanding of this phenomenon varies widely among farmers and the public, the two-target audience of this paper. This paper intro...
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Multifunctional agriculture (MFA) and ecosystem services (ES) are two important concepts in the ongoing debate on sustainable resource use. The aim of the paper is to test the ES and MFA nexus by analyzing the perception and predefined attitudes of key stakeholders in three Southern European irrigation systems. Data were collected through semistruc...
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The aim of this article is to conduct an evidence-based analysis of stakeholder engagement in decision-making processes affecting multifunctional irrigation systems. The selection of case studies has allowed us to examine different tools that promote stakeholder engagement and good governance. The case studies show how stakeholder engagement in irr...
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This research aims to evaluate the perceptions of and preferences for irrigation multifunctionality based on an analysis of stakeholder’ attitudes in a large irrigation system in Northern Italy, the Muzza canal. As the first artificial canal built in Northern Italy, this canal articulates a network of open earth canals that distribute water for irr...