Welcometo the Research Group on Integrated Assessment: Sociology, Technology and the Environment (IASTE). We are a consolidated research group (GRC) recognized the Government of Catalonia (2014 SGR 00140; 2009 SGR 0594) and hosted by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Our research focuses on the multi-scale integrated analysis of the metabolism of social-ecological systems. Central to our research is the development of a transdisciplinary approach: Multi-scale Integrated Analysis of Societal and Ecosystem Metabolism (MuSIASEM). MuSIASEM integrates biophysical and socioeconomic variables across multiple scales, thus establishing a link between the metabolism of socio-economic systems and the potential constraints imposed by the embedding natural environment. MuSIASEM allows the use of integrated sets of indicators that can be chosen "à la carte" by social actors in relation to multiple criteria of performance and is particularly suited for analyzing the nexus between land use, food, energy and water in relation to sustainable development goals. Research topics include: ● Energy metabolism, water metabolism, and waste metabolism of socio-ecological systems ● The Nexus between population, land use, water, food and energy security ● Multi-scale integrated assessment of alternative energy technologies ● Food system analysis ● Decision support tools based on participatory integrated assessment (science for governance).
NEW HORIZON 2020 PROJECT APPROVED (January 2016)
Our project proposal “Moving Towards Adaptive Governance in Complexity: Informing Nexus Security” (MAGIC) has been favourably evaluated by the European Commission.
FRESH OF THE PRESS: SCIENCE ON THE VERGE
The book “The Rightful Place of Science: Science on the Verge” came out on 20 February 2016, and is available from Amazon. In Science on the Verge, luminaries in the field of post-normal science and scientific governance focus attention on worrying fault-lines in the use of science for policymaking, and...
FRANÇOIS DIAZ MAURIN AT STANFORD RESET MEETING (MARCH 2016)
Upon invitation by Prof. Rodney C. Ewing from Stanford University, François Diaz-Maurin joined the Third Reset of U.S. Nuclear Waste Management Strategy and Policy Meeting