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Esteve Corbera

Esteve Corbera

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Social & Behavioural Sciences

Esteve Corbera (PhD Development Studies, 2006, U. of East Anglia) is ICREA Research Professor at the Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His research focuses on human-nature relationships and the impact of social, policy and environmental change on resource governance. Specifically, he has conducted research on how international policies for biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation have affected land-use systems, institutions and livelihoods of rural peoples in the global South. He has written over 90 peer-reviewed articles, several books and book chapters, and served as guest editor in 11 special issues. He is an associate editor of Ecology and Society and Geoforum and participated in the 2014 Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He was among the world’s most cited multidisciplinary (cross-field) scientists over the period in 2019-2021 (Clarivate analytics).

Research interests

I am a political ecologist building knowledge on the environmental and wellbeing outcomes of climate change and biodiversity conservation policies and producing scientific findings that inform global policies for sustainable land use. I employ multiple quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate 1) the social-ecological and behavioral effects of policies aimed at conserving biodiversity and mitigating climate change, such as payments for ecosystem services, the UN Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) framework, and biodiversity offsets; 2) the implications of global change for the vulnerability and resilience of farming communities, and their capacity to adapt; and 3) the politics of knowledge production in conservation and environmental science and policy. My research in these fields draws on data from multiple levels, from multi-actor views gathered ethnographically to secondary information collected for quantitative assessments.

Selected publications

Corbera E, Lave R, Robertson M & Maestre-Andrés S 2021, ‘Neoliberal policy refugia: The death and life of biodiversity offsetting in the European Union and its member states‘, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, vol. 46, no 2, pp. 255-269.

Corbera E, Maestre-Andrés S, Calvet-Mir L, Brockington D, Howe C, & Adams WM 2021, ‘Biases in the production of knowledge on ecosystem services and poverty alleviation‘, Oryx, vol. 55, no 6, pp. 868–877.

– Izquierdo-Tort S, Corbera E, Barceinas Cruz A, Naime J, Vázquez-Cisneros PA, Carabias Lillo J, Castro-Tovar E, Ortiz Rosas F, Rubio N, Torres Knoop L & Dupras J 2021, ‘Local Responses to Design Changes in Payments for Ecosystem Services in Chiapas, Mexico‘, Ecosystem Services, vol. 50, 101305.

– Mempel F & Corbera E 2021 ‘Framing the frontier. Tracing issues related to soybean expansion in transnational public spheres‘, Global Environmental Change, vol. 69, 102308.

– Barnaud C, Fisher A, Staddon S, Blackstock K, Moreau C, Corbera E, Hester A, Mathevet R, McKee A, Reyes J, Sirami C &  Eastwood A 2021, ‘Is forest regeneration good for biodiversity? Exploring the social dimensions of an apparently ecological debate.’ Environmental Science and Policy, vol. 120, pp. 63-72.

– D’Armengol L, Ruiz-Mallén I, Barnaud C, Corbera E 2021, ‘What does comanagement offer? Exploring users’ knowledge through mental models in the fishery of La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve, Mexico‘, Ecology and Society, vol. 26, no 1, pp. 25.

– Schlingmann A, Graham S, Benyei P, Corbera E, Marelle A, Martínez Sanesteban I, Solemany-Fard R & Reyes-García V 2021 ‘Global patterns of adaptation to climate changeby Indigenous Peoples and local communities. A systematic review‘, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 51: 55-64.

Selected research activities

World’s Most Highly Cited Researcher, 2021, cross-field (multidisciplinary) science, Clarivate Analytics.

Appointed as Associate Editor of the journal Ecology and Society.

ICREA Memoir 2021