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Rodríguez Labajos, Beatriz

Beatriz Rodríguez Labajos
Department of Political and Social Sciences
Beatriu de Pinós Postdoctoral Fellow

Beatriz Rodríguez Labajos is an ecological economist and a Beatriu de Pinós researcher at the JHU-UPF Public Policy Center. Previously, she was a Marie Curie Fellow based at the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) of UC Berkeley and at the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) (2018-2022), assistant professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2005-2009), professor at the Autonomous University of the Mexico State (1997-2003) and Autonomous University of Zacatecas (1996).

Trained as an economist, she obtained MSc in Ecological Economics and environmental management (UAB), a MSc in Geographic Information Systems (Polytechnic University of Catalonia) and a PhD in Environmental Sciences at the UAB. Her research interests are the socioeconomic dimensions of biodiversity, environmental justice, creative activism, and digital humanities. Her field experience includes regions of Europe, Latin America, South East Asia and the United States.

Her publications focus on biodiversity conservation, environmental justice conflicts, water management and agro-ecosystems. She was a GEO-6 fellow for the United Nations Environment program, scientific advisor for the Catalan Water Agency, and was deputy coordinator of the EJOLT project ( She currently coordinates the TALENT - CLAMOR project (


Selected publications

On creative activism

Rodriguez-Labajos, B. 2022. Artistic activism promotes three major forms of sustainability transformation. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 57, DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2022.101199.

Rodriguez-Labajos, B.; Ray, I.. 2021. Six avenues for engendering creative environmentalism Global Environmental Change. 68. DOI: 10.5751/ES-12217-260205.

Rodriguez-Labajos, B.; Saavedra-Diaz, L. M.; Botto-Barrios, D.  2021. Filmmaking as a source of enhanced knowledge and transformation in conflicts over small-scale fisheries: the case of Colombia Ecology and Society. 26-2. DOI: 10.5751/ES-12217-260205.

Sanz, T.; Rodriguez-Labajos, B.. 2021. Does artistic activism change anything? Strategic and transformative effects of arts in anti-coal struggles in Oakland, CA Geoforum, 122: 41-54. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2021.03.010.

On environmental justice

T Sanz, B Rodríguez-Labajos, 2023.  Arts, place, and sacrifice zones: restoration of damaged relational values in a Chilean sacrifice zone. Sustainability Science, 1-14.

Ozkaynak, B.; Rodriguez-Labajos, B.; Erus, B.. 2021. Understanding activist perceptions of environmental justice success in mining resistance movements Extractive Industries and Society. 8-1, pp.413-422. DOI: 10.1016/j.exis.2020.12.008.

Otero, I. Farrell, K.; Pueyo, S.; et al; Pe'er, G.  2020. Biodiversity policy beyond economic growth Conservation Letters. DOI: 13-4. 10.1111/conl.12713.

Rodriguez-Labajos, B.; Yanez, I.; Bond, P.; Greyl, L.; Munguti, S.; Ojo, G.U.; Overbeek, W. 2019. Not So Natural an Alliance? Degrowth and Environmental Justice Movements in the Global South Ecological Economics. 157, pp.175-184. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.11.007.

Hanacek; K.; Rodríguez-Labajos B.. 2018. Impacts of land-use and management changes on cultural agroecosystem services and environmental conflicts – A global review. Global Environmental Change. 50, pp. 41-59. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2018.02.016.

Aydin, C. I.; Ozkaynak, B.; Rodríguez-Labajos, B.; Yenilmez, T. 2017. Network effects in environmental justice struggles : An investigation of conflicts between mining companies and civil society organizations from a network perspective PlosONE. 12-7, pp.e0180494. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0180494

Rodriguez-Labajos, B.; Özkaynak, B. 2017. Environmental justice through the lens of mining conflicts. Geoforum. Elsevier. 84, pp.245-250. DOI: 10.1016/ j.geoforum.2017.06.021.