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Esteve Corbera

Esteve Corbera

Senior Researcher, ICTA-UAB

Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


Esteve Corbera is an environmental social scientist who studies how climate change and biodiversity conservation programs impact livelihoods, resource management institutions and people’s behaviour, particularly in the global South. Policy and project initiatives aimed at halting climate change and biodiversity loss are at the forefront of scientific and political discussions about global land-use, because such initiatives influence how land is used and for whose benefit, and this has implications for rural development, environmental sustainability, climate change responses, and for the efficiency of public spending.

Esteve has done long-term fieldwork in Latin American and African countries, and his research has been published in top-tier multidisciplinary and social science journals, such as Science, Nature Climate Change, Global Environmental Change and Geoforum or World Development. His teaching addresses a range of topics relevant to the social dimensions of climate change and biodiversity conservation, ecological economics and political ecology. He has been a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator in several international projects, and he co-leads the Laboratory for the Analysis of Socio-Ecological Systems at ICTA-UAB (2014-SGR-0736). He serves as an editor in the journal Geoforum and sits in the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Peasant Studies.

Formació acadèmica

  • (2006) Phd in Development Studies, University of East Anglia (UK)
  • (2001) MSc in Natural Resource Management, University of East Anglia (UK)
  • (2000) Postgraduate in Environmental Management in Public and Private Administration, Universitat de Barcelona
  • (1999) BSc in Environmental Sciences, Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona


2017. Advanced Research Accreditation, Government of Catalonia. Enllaç

2016. Visiting Fellowship Grant, Institute for Advanced Study, Indiana University. Enllaç

2015. Banco de Santander Talent Retention Programme Award. Enllaç

2015I3 Programme Award. Enllaç

2011Marie Curie Career Integration Award. Enllaç

2010Ramón y Cajal Researcher Award. Enllaç

2001Tyndall Centre for PhD Fellowship.

Afiliacions professionals

  • Association of American Geographers (AAG)
  • International Society of Ecological Economics (ISEE)
  • International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC)


Línies d'investigació

  • Ecologia política
  • Governança ambiental
  • Economia institucional
  • Canvi climàtic
  • Conservació de la biodiversitat

Publicacions més destacades

  • Corbera, Esteve; Schroeder, Heike

    2017.REDD+ Crossroads Post Paris: Politics, Lessons and Interplays.Forests,8(12):508Enllaç
  • Corbera, Esteve; Martin, Adrian; Springate-Baginski, Oliver; Villaseñor, Adrián

    2017.Sowing the seeds of sustainable rural livelihoods? An assessment of Participatory Forest Management through REDD+ in Tanzania.Land Use Policy,Enllaç
  • Corbera, Esteve; Hunsberger, Carol; Vaddhanaphuti, Chayan

    2017.Climate change policies, land grabbing and conflict: perspectives from Southeast Asia.Canadian Journal of Development Studies,38(3):297-304Enllaç
  • Corbera, Esteve; Calvet-Mir, Laura; Hughes, Hannah; Paterson, Matthew

    2016.Patterns of authorship in the IPCC Working Group III report.Nature Climate Change,6(1):94-99Enllaç
  • Corbera, Esteve.2015.Valuing Nature, Paying for Ecosystem Services and Realizing Social Justice: A response to Matulis (2014).Ecological Economics,110:154-157Enllaç
  • Corbera, Esteve; Creutzig, Felix; Hunsberger, Carol; Bolwig, Simon

    2013.Integrating Place-Specific Livelihood and Equity Outcomes into Global Assessments of Bioenergy Deployment.Environmental Research Letters,8(3)Enllaç
  • Corbera, Esteve.2012.Problematizing REDD+ as an experiment in payments for ecosystem services.Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability,4:612-619Enllaç
  • Corbera, Esteve; Schroeder, Heike

    2011.Governing and implementing REDD+..Environmental Science and Policy,14:89-99Enllaç
  • Corbera, Esteve; Brown, Katrina

    2010.Offsetting benefits? Analysing access to forest carbon.Environment and Planning A,42(7):1739-1761Enllaç
  • Corbera, Esteve; González Soberanis, Carmen; Brown, Katrina

    2009.Institutional Dimensions of Payments for Ecosystem Services. An analysis of Mexico’s carbon forestry programme.Ecological Economics,68:743-761Enllaç

Conferències Acadèmiques destacades 

(for full list of talks in international and national events, please see my CV)

Why is biodiversity offsetting struggling in the EU? A tale of three scales. Association of American Geographers Conference, New Orleans, April 10-14, 2018.

Distinct positions underpin ecosystem services and poverty alleviation research. Association of American Geographers Conference, Boston, April 5-9, 2017. 

Combining Participatory Forest Management with REDD+ in Tanzania: An analysis of governance and livelihood impacts. FLARE conference. Edinburgh, December 3-4, 2016.

Six thoughts about ‘The Carbon Fix’. American Anthropological Association Conference, Minneapolis, November 16-19, 2016. Panel discussant.

Crowding-in or crowding-out? A conceptual framework to understand motivations in payments for ecosystem services. Resource Politics Conference, University of Sussex, September 7-9, 2015. Panel convenor.

Tok’uaj and the disappearing forests: a tale about how forests conservation mapping can counteract the advancement of the agricultural frontier. Land Grabbing: Perspectives from East and Southeast Asia Conference, Chiang Mai University, June 5-6, 2015. Plenary discussion note.

The social carbon network: conventions, coordination and carbon offset credits. 13th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics, Reykjavik, August 14, 2014.

The 'will never be' commodity? The uncooperativeness of forest-carbon offsets. Association of American Geographers Conference, Tampa, April 11, 2014.

Simple principles, complex practices? Early experience of community-based REDD+ in Tanzania. Second International Conference on Global Land Grabbing, Cornell University, Ithaca, October 17-19, 2012.

A resilience framework for ‘land grabs’ research. International Conference on Global Land Grabbing, University of Sussex, Brighton, April 6-8, 2011.

Payments for ecosystem services as commodity fetishism. International Conference on Environmental Justice and Conflicts, Barcelona, July 2, 2010.

Payments for environmental services, tropical livelihoods and conservation: a review of the evidence. Association of American Geographers Conference, Washington DC, April 18, 2010.

Development benefits in the Kuyasa low-income housing CDM project in South Africa. Earth System Governance: People, Places and the Planet Conference, Amsterdam, December 3, 2009.

Carbon sequestration and poverty alleviation: a review of the evidence. Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, Albuquerque, August 9, 2009.

Institutional dimensions of payments for ecosystem services: An analysis of Mexico’s carbon forestry programme. 10th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics, Nairobi, August 9, 2008.

Community participation in payments for ecosystem services: Case Studies from the Lacandon Rainforest, Mexico. 7th Biennial Conference of the European Ecological Economics Society, Leipzig, June 7, 2007.

Building institutions to trade ecosystem services: Marketing forest carbon in Mexico. Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Synthesis Conference, Bali, December 8, 2006.

Carbon forestry governance and property rights: observations from projects in Mexico and Belize. 6th Biennial Conference of the European Ecological Economics Society, Lisbon, June 16, 2005.

The equity and legitimacy of markets for ecosystem services: Carbon forestry activities in Chiapas, Mexico. International Association for the Study of Common Property Conference, Oaxaca, August 10, 2004.

A Multi-Criteria Assessment Framework for Carbon-Mitigation Projects: Putting ‘development’ in the centre of decision-making. 5th Biennial Conference of the European Ecological Economics Society, Tenerife, February 15, 2003.