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Victoria Reyes-García

Victoria Reyes-García

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Social & Behavioural Sciences

Victoria Reyes-García (PhD in Anthropology, 2001, Florida University) is ICREA Research Professor at the Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA) de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB). Her research focuses on Indigenous and local knowledge systems, particularly in relation to the natural environment, and on the relevance of these knowledge systems to understand and deal with the climate and environmental crises. She directs the Laboratory of Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems in a Global World, a research group that analyzes the impacts of global change on various socio-ecosystems. Her current ERC-funded project (LICCI) studies local perceptions of  climate change impacts. She is co-author the Global Report of the Intergovernmental Science and Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). She is elected member of the National Academy of Science of the United States (2021).

Research interests

My research encompasses the interdisciplinary study of the 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 livelihoods and local environments and 2) social responses to environmental changes. My research draws on insights from anthropology and the behavioural sciences to work 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 impacts, 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

– Labeyrie, V; Renard, D; Aumeeruddy-Thomas, Y; Benyei, et al.  and Reyes-Garcia, V 2021, ‘The role of crop diversity in climate change adaptation: insights from local observations to inform decision making in agriculture‘, Current Opinion In Environmental Sustainability, 51, 15 – 23.

Reyes-Garcia, V., et al. 2021, ‘Documenting and protecting traditional knowledge in the era of open science: Insights from two Spanish initiatives‘, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 278, 114295.

– Brondizio, E.S., Y. Aumeeruddy-Thomas, P. Bates, J. Carino, Á. Fernández-Llamazares, M. Ferrari, K. Galvin, V. Reyes-García, et al. 2021, ‘Locally based, regionally manifested and globally relevant: Indigenous and local knowledge, values, and practices for nature‘. Annual Review of Environment and Resources. 46: 481-509.

Reyes-García, V., et al. 2021, ‘Happy just because. A cross-cultural study on subjective wellbeing in three Indigenous societies‘. PLoS ONE 16(5). e0251551.

– Fernandez-Llamazares, A; Lepofsky, D; Lertzman, et al., Reyes-Garcia, V. et al. 2021, ‘Scientists’ Warning to Humanity on Threats to Indigenous and Local Knowledge Systems‘, Journal of Ethnobiology, 41, 2, 144 – 169.

– Schlingmann, A; Graham, S; Benyei, P; et al, and Reyes-Garcia, V. 2021, ‘Global patterns of adaptation to climate change by Indigenous Peoples and local communities. A systematic review‘, Current Opinion In Environmental Sustainability, 51, 55 – 64.

– Zhu, D; Galbraith, ED.; Reyes-Garcia, V; Ciais, P. 2021, ‘Global hunter-gatherer population densities constrained by influence of seasonality on diet composition‘, Nature Ecology & Evolution, 5:1536–1545.

Selected research activities

Participant, International Co-Sponsored Meeting on Culture, Heritage and Climate Change.

Participant, IPCC-IPBES co-sponsored workshop.

Academic coordinator, Postgrau en Dinamització Local Agroecològica, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

Guarantor, ICTA-UAB “Maria de Maeztu Unit of Excellence”.

ICREA Memoir 2021