Zografos, Christos

Vice- Director GREDS-EMCONET
Social and Political Sciences Department

+34 93 542 1966
[email protected]
Mercè Rodoreda Building Universitat Pompeu Fabra Campus de la Ciutadella Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27 08005 Barcelona, Spain


Short Biosketch

I am an environmental social scientist (PhD Environmental Sciences, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2008) trained in interdisciplinary social science (MAS History & Economic Institutions, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2007) and ecological economics (MSc Ecological Economics, University of Edinburgh, 2000).

I work in the interdisciplinary fields of political ecology, ecological economics and degrowth.

My research in political ecology looks at the conflicts and politics of implementing low carbon transitions and climate adapted futures, by examining social and political challenges to climate change mitigation (e.g. wind energy) and adaptation (e.g. sea-level rise, urban greening) policy responses.

My ecological economics work has explored ways of improving environmental governance through the inclusion of plural values and languages of valuation in environmental decision-making by means of deliberation (deliberative ecological economics).

My work on degrowth looks at links between direct democracy and degrowth transitions.

Finally, a line of research developed in collaboration with postgraduate researchers uses Q methodology to look into attitudes and narratives about socio-ecological transformations (such as just transitions, food sovereignty, climate change adaptation) and means to pursue them (green taxation, non-meat-eating diets).

I am currently a Ramón y Cajal Fellow; before this, I worked for the Institute of Environmental Science & Technology (ICTA-UAB) in Barcelona as: Scientific Coordinator (2010-12) of the FP7 research project Climate Change, Hydro-Conflict and Human Security (CLICO); as Senior Researcher (2014-16), managing the FP7 European Network of Political Ecology (ENTITLE) Marie Curie ITN; and, as Postdoctoral Researcher (2013-14) in the FP7 Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade (EJOLT) Science-in-Society project.


Research Interests

Low carbon transitions; climate change adaptation; environmental conflicts; degrowth and direct democracy.

Appointments and visiting positions

2014 – 2016:    Senior Researcher

Institute of Environmental Science & Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), Spain

2013 – 2014:    Postdoctoral Researcher

Institute of Environmental Science & Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), Spain

2010 – 2012:    Postdoctoral Researcher

Institute of Environmental Science & Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), Spain

2005 – 2008:    PhD Candidate in Environmental Sciences

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

2001 – 2005:    Lecturer in Environmental Economics

Scottish Agricultural College, Land Economy Research Group, Edinburgh, UK


Selected Publications

Zografos, C. and Robbins, P., 2020. Green Sacrifice Zones, or Why a Green New Deal Cannot Ignore the Cost Shifts of Just Transitions. One Earth3(5), pp.543-546.

Zografos, C., Klause, K.A., Connolly, J.J. and Anguelovski, I., 2020. The everyday politics of urban transformational adaptation: Struggles for authority and the Barcelona superblock project. Cities99, p.102613.

Gorostiza, S., Andreucci, D., González Hidalgo, M., Lasso, G., Zografos, C. 2020. Editorial. La Ecología Politica de la Extrema Derecha [Editorial. The Political Ecology of the Extreme Right]. Ecología Politica, 59, pp. 4-7

González-Hidalgo, M., Zografos, C. 2019. Emotion, power, and environmental conflict: expanding the 'emotional turn' in political ecology. Accepted in: Progress in Human Geographyhttps://doi.org/10.1177/0309132518824644

Zografos, C. 2017. Flows of sediment, flows of insecurity: climate change adaptation and the social contract in the Ebro Delta, Catalonia. Geoforum 80, 49–60

Zografos, C. 2015. Démocratie directe [Direct Democracy]. In: D’Alisa, G. Demaria, F., Kallis, G. Décroissance. Vocabulaire pour une nouvelle ère [Degrowth. Vocabulary for a new era]. Neuvy-en-Champagne: Éditions le passager clandestine, pp: 187-194.

Zografos, C., Goulden, M., Kallis, G. 2014. Sources of human insecurity in the face of hydro-climatic change. Global Environmental Change, 29, pp. 327-336.

Kallis, G., Gómez-Baggethun, E., Zografos, C. 2013. To value or not to value. That is not the question. Ecological Economics 94, pp. 97–105.

Cattaneo, C., d’Alisa, G., Kallis, G., Zografos, C. 2012. Degrowth futures and democracy (editorial on Special Issue on ‘Degrowth and Democracy’) Futures 44:6, pp. 515–523.

Ludwig, R., Roson, R., Zografos, C., Kallis, G. 2011. Towards an Inter-disciplinary research agenda on Climate Change, Water and Security in Southern Europe and Neighbouring Countries Environmental Science and Policy 14, pp. 794-803.

Brondízio, E.S., Gatzweiler, F., Zografos, C., Kumar, M. 2010. Socio-cultural context of ecosystem and biodiversity valuation. In: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity: The Ecological and Economic Foundations (TEEB D0), London: Earthscan

Zografos, C., Martínez-Alier, J. 2009. The politics of landscape value: a case study of wind farm conflict from rural Catalonia Environment & Planning A 41, pp. 1726-1744.

Zografos, C. and Howarth, R.B. (eds.). 2008. Deliberative Ecological Economics. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Zografos, C. 2007. Rurality discourses and the role of the social enterprise in regenerating rural Scotland. Journal of Rural Studies 23, pp.38–51.


  • Environment, Society and Politics. Bachelor's in Political and Administration Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Power, politics & environmental change. Masters in Environmental Studies, Masaryk University, Czech Republic (Visiting Professor)
  • Political Ecology. Master of Research in Political Science, Universitat Pompeu Fabra