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 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) local indicators of climate change, 2) public participation in the documentation of local knowledge, 3) the adaptive nature of local environmental knowledge, 4) indigenous peoples and cultural change, and 5) local participation in biodiversity conservation.

Selected publications

– Calvet-Mir L, Benyei P, Aceituno-Mata L, Pardo-de-Santayana M, Lopez-Garcia D, Carrascosa-Garcia M, Perdomo-Molina A & Reyes-Garcia V 2018, ‘The Contribution of Traditional Agroecological Knowledge as a Digital Commons to Agroecological Transitions: The Case of the CONECT-e Platform‘, Sustainability, 10, 9, 3214.

– Gallois S, Lubbers MJ, Hewlett B & Reyes-Garcia V 2018, ‘Social Networks and Knowledge Transmission Strategies among Baka Children, Southeastern Cameroon‘, Human Nature, 29, 4, 442-463.

– Fernandez-Llamazares A, Helle J, Eklund J, Balmford A, Moraes MR, Reyes-Garcia V & Cabeza M 2018, ‘New law puts Bolivian biodiversity hotspot on road to deforestation’, Current Biology, 28, 1, R15 – R16.

– Bauchet J, Undurraga EA, Reyes-Garcia V, Behrman JR &Godoy RA 2018, ‘Conditional cash transfers for primary education: Which children are left out?‘, World Development, 105, 1 – 12.

– Gallois S & Reyes-Garcia V 2018, ‘Children and Ethnobiology’, Journal Of Ethnobiology, 38, 2, 155 – 169.

Reyes-Garcia V, Fernandez-Llamazares A, Gueze M & Gallois S 2018, ‘Does Weather Forecasting Relate to Foraging Productivity? An Empirical Test among Three Hunter-Gatherer Societies‘, Weather Climate And Society, 10, 1, 163 – 177.

Reyes-Garcia V, Gallois S, Diaz-Reviriego I, Fernandez-Llamazares A & Napitupulu L 2018, ‘Dietary Patterns of Children on Three Indigenous Societies‘, Journal of Ethnobiology, 38, 2, 244 – 260.

Reyes-García V, Benyei P & Calvet-Mir L 2018, ‘Traditional Agricultural knowledge as commons’,  In Vivero-Pol JL, Ferrando T, de Schutter O & Mattei U (Eds). Routledge Handbook of Food as a Commons. Routledge.

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