Victoria Reyes-García

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

Reyes-García V & Benyei P 2019, ‘Indigenous knowledge for conservation‘. Nature Sustainability.2(8): 657-658.

Reyes-García V, García-del-Amo D, Benyei P et al. ‘A collaborative approach to bring insights from local observations of climate change impacts into global climate change research‘. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 39: 1-8.

Reyes-García V, Andres-Conejero O et al. 2019 ‘A Road to Conflict: Stakeholder’s and Social Network Analysis of the Media Portrayals of a Social-Environmental Conflict in Bolivia‘, Society & Natural Resources, 32, 4, 452 – 472.

– Guadilla-Saez S, Pardo-de-Santayana M, Reyes-García V et al. 2019 ‘Biodiversity conservation effectiveness provided by a protection status in temperate forest commons of north Spain‘, Forest Ecology & Management, 433, 656 – 666.

Reyes-García V et al 2019, ‘Dietary transitions among three contemporary hunter-gatherers across the tropics’, Food Security, 11, 1, 109 – 122.

Reyes-García V et al. 2019, ‘The contributions of Indigenous Peoples and local communities to ecological restoration‘, Restoration Ecology, 27(1): 3 – 8.

Reyes-García V et al. 2019, ‘Does Income Inequality Influence Subjective Wellbeing? Evidence from 21 Developing Countries’, Journal of Happiness Studies, 20(4): 1197 – 1215.

Reyes-García V & Fernandez-Llamazares A 2019, ‘Sing to Learn: The Role of Songs in the Transmission of Indigenous Knowledge among the Tsimane’ of Bolivian Amazonia‘, Journal of Ethnobiology, 39, 3, 460-477.

Reyes-García V  2019, ‘Did foragers enjoy more free time?Nature Human Behaviour. 3. 772-773.

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