Victoria Reyes-García

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Social & Behavioural Sciences

Victoria Reyes-García (PhD Anthropology, 2001, U. of Florida) is ICREA Research Professor at the Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Her research focuses on local ecological knowledge systems, including their benefits, drivers of change, and potential contributions to conservation and development. From 1999 to 2004 she lived among Tsimane' hunter-gatherers in the Amazon, where she has long-term research. Since 2006 she coordinates the Laboratory for the Analysis of Socio-Ecological Systems in a Global World (LASEG), which catalyses research on the dynamic relations people-environments. She has about 200 peer-reviewed articles and three edited  books. In 2010 she received an ERC Starting Grant to study the adaptive nature of local knowledge using a cross-cultural approach and in 2017 she received an ERC Consolidator Grant to study the potential contribution of local knowledge to climate change research.

Research interests

My research encompasses the interdisciplinary study of dynamic relations among peoples, biota, and environments. I use a multidisciplinary perspective (working with ecologists, economists, psychologists, agronomists, archaeologists, and computer scientists) and empirical data to analyse 1) the effects of global change on rural societies, and 2) social responses to environmental issues. My research draws on the insights from the natural and behavioural sciences at multiple levels- from the views of villagers in developing nations to those of policy-makers in industrial nations. My current areas of research include 1) the adaptive nature of local environmental knowledge, 2) indigenous peoples and cultural change, (3) local participation in biodiversity conservation, 4) people and plants, and 5) ethnoclimatology.

Selected publications

Reyes-García V & Pyhälä A 2017, (Editors) Hunter Gatherers in a Changing World. Springer.

– Luz AC, Paneque-Gálvez J, Gueze M, Pino J, Macia M, Orta-Martínez M & Reyes-García V 2017, ‘Continuity and change in hunting behaviour among contemporary indigenous peoples‘, Biol Conserv 209: 17-26.

– Minkin D & Reyes-García V 2017, ‘Income and wellbeing in a society on the verge to market integration: The case of the Tsimane’ in the Bolivian Amazon’. J Happiness Stud 18, 4, 993 – 1011.

– Menendez-Baceta G, Pardo-de-Santayana M, Aceituno-Mata L, Tardio J & Reyes-Garcia V 2017, ‘Trends in wild food plants uses in Gorbeialdea (Basque Country)’, Appetite, 112, 9 – 16.

– Ruiz-Mallen I, Fernandez-Llamazares A & Reyes-Garcia V 2017, ‘Unravelling local adaptive capacity to climate change in the Bolivian Amazon: the interlinkages between assets, conservation and markets’, Climatic Change, 140, 2, 227 – 242.

– Diaz-Reviriego I, Fernandez-Llamazares A, Howard PL, Molina JL & Reyes-Garcia V 2017, ‘Fishing in the Amazonian Forest: A Gendered Social Network Puzzle’, Soc Natur Resour, 30, 6, 690 – 706.

– Salpeteur M, Calvet-Mir L, Diaz-Reviriego I & Reyes-Garcia V 2017, ‘Networking the environment: social network analysis in environmental management and local ecological knowledge studies’, Ecol Soc, 22, 1, 41.

Reyes-Garcia V, Zurro D, Caro J & Madella M 2017, ‘Small-scale societies and environmental transformations: coevolutionary dynamics’, Ecol Soc, 22, 1, 15.

– Fernandez-Llamazares A, Garcia RA, Diaz-Reviriego I, Cabeza M, Pyhala A & Reyes-Garcia V 2017, ‘An empirically tested overlap between indigenous and scientific knowledge of a changing climate in Bolivian Amazonia’, Reg Environ Change, 17, 6, 1673 – 1685.

Selected research activities

Lead Author, Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Academic coordinator, Postgrau en Dinamització Local Agroecològica, UAB

Guarantor, ICTA’s Maria de Maeztu Unit of Excellence