Institute of Environmental Science and Technology – Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB)

Panagiota Kotsila has a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Bonn, Germany and is a postdoctoral researcher at ICTA-UAB and the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability (BCNUEJ), at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
Her research examines the unequal distribution of health risks and how the very concepts of disease, health and well-being are constructed, mobilised and interpreted through and for power. Her empirical research has focused on water supply and sanitation (Vietnam) and vector-borne diseases (Greece), interrogating uneven, racialized, and intersectional health vulnerabilities through a critical medical anthropology/political ecology approach. In the last three years she has focused on the politics of urban re-naturing and the way it reflects and informs (in)justice in cities.
Sergio Villamayor Tomás is currently Ramon y Cajal Research Fellow at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB), at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is also affiliated with the Ostrom’s Workshop (Indiana University) and the Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Socio-Ecological Systems (WINS).
His research areas are climate change adaptation, community-based natural resource management, and polycentric governance. His research approaches are institutional economics, political economy and political ecology. Specific topics include adaptation to droughts and other disturbances in the irrigation sector, bottom-up management solutions to the water-energy-food nexus, transboundary river management, and the interaction of social movements and commons management. He has carried fieldwork research in Spain, Colombia, Mexico, and Germany with grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the Canadian Social Science Research Council (SSHRC), the Latin-American Association of Environmental Economists (LACEEP), the BiodivERsA/FACCE-JPI network and the Government of Balearic Islands, among others.