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Zografos, Christos

Christos Zografos
Departament de Ciències Polítiques i Socials, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
PhD. Associate Professor

I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain). 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 social and political challenges to accelerating just low carbon transitions and climate-adapted futures by studying social conflict and the politics of implementing climate change mitigation (e.g. wind energy) and adaptation (e.g. sea-level rise, urban greening) policy responses, particularly those related to Green Deals.
My ecological economics work examines the potential and limitations of improving environmental governance through the inclusion of plural and diverse values in environmental decision-making by means of democratic deliberation. 

My work on degrowth explores links between direct democracy and degrowth transitions.

Finally, I use mixed methods, and in particular Q methodology, to look into attitudes and narratives about socio-ecological transformations (such as just transitions, food sovereignty, climate change adaptation, degrowth) and means to pursue them (such as green taxation, non-meat-eating diets, the Green New Deal). 

Prior to my current post, I was Ramón y Cajal Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of Universitat Pompeu Fabra (2017-22). Before that, I worked for the Institute of Environmental Science & Technology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) as: Scientific Coordinator (2010-12) of the EU-funded 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. Between 2001-05, I worked as a Researcher in Ecological Economics at the Scottish Agricultural College in Edinburgh (UK). I have conducted fieldwork in rural Ecuador, rural Scotland, and rural Spain.


Recent publications:

Andreucci, D. & Zografos, C. (2022). Between improvement and sacrifice: Othering and the (bio) political ecology of climate change. Political Geography, Volume 92, 2022, 102512, ISSN 0962- 6298.

Mehleb, R. I., Kallis, G. & Zografos, C. (2021). A discourse analysis of yellow-vest resistance against carbon taxes. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, Volume 40, 2021, Pages 382- 394, ISSN 2210-4224,

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." Cities, 99, p.102613.

Zografos, C. & Robbins, P. (2020). Green Sacrifice Zones, or Why a Green New Deal Cannot Ignore the Cost Shifts of Just Transitions. One Earth, 3(5), pp.543-546.

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.

Foramitti, J., Tsagkari, M. and Zografos. C. (2019), "Why degrowth is the only responsible way forward." Open Democracy, published 19 September 2019.

González-Hidalgo, M., & Zografos, C. (2019). Emotions, power, and environmental conflict: Expanding the ‘emotional turn’ in political ecology. Progress in Human Geography. 

Turhan, E., Kallis, G., Zografos, C. (2019). "Power asymmetries, migrant agricultural labor and adaptation governance in Turkey: A political ecology of double exposures." In: La Jeunesse, I., Larrue, C. Facing hydrometeorological extremes: a governance issue. Wiley.

Scott E, Kallis G, Zografos C (2019). "Why environmentalists eat meat." PLoS ONE 14(7): e0219607.

Vandeventer, J. S., Cattaneo, C. & Zografos, C. (2019). A degrowth transition: pathways for the degrowth niche to replace the capitalist-growth regime. Ecological Economics, 156, pp.272-286.

Zografos, C. (2019). "Direct Democracy." In: Kothari, A., Salleh, A., Escobar, A., Demaria, F. (eds.). Pluriverse: A Post-development Dictionary. Routledge.  

Zografos, C. (2019). “Expropriate Zuckerberg!” Yes, but how? Comment on Dörre, K. ‘Democracy, not Capitalism – or: Expropriate Zuckerberg!’." In: Ketterer, H., Becker, K. (eds.) Was stimmt nicht mit der Demokratie? Eine Debatte mit Klaus Dörre, Nancy Fraser, Stephan Lessenich und Hartmut Rosa [What’s Wrong With Democracy? A conversation between Nancy Fraser, Klaus Dörre, Stephan Lessenich and Hartmut Rosa]. Suhrkamp.

González-Hidalgo, M. & Zografos, C. (2017). The role of sovereignty and ‘negative’ emotions in the process of subject-making: evidence from a case of conflict over tree plantations from Southern Chile. Geoforum 78, 61-73

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., Anguelovski, I., Grigorova, M. (2016). When exposure to climate change is not enough: Exploring heatwave adaptive capacity of a multi-ethnic, low-income urban community in Australia. Urban Climate, 17, 248-265

Sušnik, Janez, Lydia S. Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia, Niklas Gebert, Julia Kloos, Fabrice Renaud, Isabelle La Jeunesse, Badr Mabrouk, Dragan A. Savić, Zoran Kapelan, Ralf Ludwig, Georg Fischer, Roberto Roson, Christos Zografos. (2015). Interdisciplinary Assessment of Sea-level Rise and Climate Change Impacts on the Lower Nile Delta, Egypt. Science of the Total Environment. 503, pp. 279-288.

Kallis, G., Zografos, C. (2014). Hydro-climatic change, Conflict and Security. Climatic Change. Volume 123, Issue 1, pp. 69-82.

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

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.