NEW: Barcelona-based ICTA-R&D Master in Political Ecology, Degrowth and Env Justice: Inscriptions are now OPEN! – Deadline: 29th of September

We would like to inform you that the inscription process to our Master in Political Ecology is now open.
You can access all the information about the inscription process here and the online inscription platform here. Unfortunately, the information is only available in Catalan and Castilian for the time being; it will soon be available in English. The teaching language of the Master degree is English (100%).This is the first Master of its kind, and one of the first in the world in the flourishing field of Political Ecology.

Have a look at the program with detailed information about the courses. More info here (i.e. FAQslecturersorganizers). The Master is hosted by the Environmental Science and Technology Institute at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ranked 8th for environmental studies by The Center for World University Rankings.
You are kindly asked to first register in the system before submitting your inscription. After finalizing the process of registration and inscription, within one week we would give you the approval to enrol in the master (i.e. to pay the fees).

The deadline of the inscription process is the 29/09/2018. But you don’t have to wait until then. As you know, this is a self-funded master, which is completely funded by students fees. This means that the master will run with a minimum of 15 students (and a maximum of 35). Therefore, we encourage you to submit your inscription to the master as soon as possible in order to carry out this program.

If you are interested in joining this master, please send to masterpoliticalecology[at] a CV, the name and contacts of two referees and a motivation letter (maximum 500 words) explaining why you want to study degrowth and environmental justice, and why with us at ICTA in Barcelona. Ideally, if possible, send to us an expression of interest by the end of July.

We are very excited with this new project of Research and Degrowth and ICTA-UAB, and we expect you to be part of it. It is a one-year 60 ECTS programme, tuition fees 3,960 EUR (the minimum our University allows charging for this number of credits).

Do not hesitate to contact me in case of any doubts. 
Gonzalo Gamboa

Master coordinator
Email: masterpoliticalecology [at]

Masters in Political Ecology, Degrowth and Environmental Justice

This is the first Master of its kind, and one of the first in the world in the flourishing field of Political Ecology. The Master builds on a successful 7-year series of international Summer Schools on Environmental Justice and Degrowth, two ongoing European Research Council projects on global environmental justice – see the Atlas of Environmental conflicts ( – and on urban environmental justice ( ICTA coordinated also ENTITLE, a post-graduate training network in political ecology funded by the EU. Our program benefits from the several top researchers that are currently working at ICTA (the Institute for Environmental Studies and Technology) and R&D (Research and Degrowth) in Barcelona, the two institutions co-organizing this program.

Our motivation? We live in an era of growing inequalities, poverty and environmental disasters. Environmental and social problems are inter-related. Environmental problems have political causes and political solutions – they are a matter of power and inequality. Addressing climate change calls for system change – our program offers the knowledge and tools for thinking and bringing forward such system change. We aspire to train the next generation of environmental justice activists, engaged civil servants, and entrepreneurs of the new cooperative economy – those who will put in action the best ideas for creating a society that is fair, enjoyable and ecologically sustainable.

Barcelona is an international centre for research and action on degrowth and environmental justice. In our Master program, you will get theoretical classes from top scholars in the fields of environmental conflicts, urban gentrification, ecological economics and governance of the commons. Our teachers include well-known names in the field, such as Joan Martinez-Alier, Isabelle Anguelovski and Giorgos Kallis. You will be trained in using methods to conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis of complex problems – such as multi-criteria evaluation, surveys, Q-methodology, and material flow analysis. And you will be taught by practitioners who are experts in their fields, how to facilitate a group process, how to write a policy report or a newspaper article, how to run a social or environmental justice campaign and how to set-up a cooperative.

The program focusses on the theoreticalmethodological and professional capacity building for young people who want to work in the Social and Solidarity Economy, public administration, Environmental Justice Organizations, think tanks and consultancies. Our graduates will be employable in a variety of positions in the public, non-profit and private sectors. You will be capable of organizing a campaign or launching a lawsuit against a polluting agency or company. You will have the abilities to identify gaps and start a non-profit or a cooperative business that covers real human needs and creates social value. You will know how to approach journalists, pitch and communicate your work to a newspaper, or do an investigative report yourself. You will be able to analyze complex problems using both qualitative and quantitative software and write policy or consultancy reports.

Our Master does not lead to a PhD. It is a professional program, a “Master Propio”, meaning a Master granted by our University. Within Spain (and most of Europe), “Master Propios” are recognized by the private sector, but do not make you eligible for entering a PhD program. Our program however will be taught at the highest academic level, by researchers who are all professors or holders of PhD – all of them active in publishing top quality research. Our program is suitable for students who already have a Master (or even a PhD) and want to switch to a research career and a PhD (or post-doc) on political ecology, environmental justice or degrowth. Students who already have a Master (or PhD) and want to proceed to a PhD (or post-doc) might also benefit by the option of taking selected modules of our program, as necessary for their needs, instead of the full Master program.

Our program benefits from the fact that it takes place in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, a city and country at the forefront of experimentation with the commons, social justice and alternative economies. We collaborate closely with the municipality of Barcelona and several of the civil groups and cooperatives active in the city and metropolitan region. The students of our program will develop practical exercises and their theses in such organizations, enmeshing their work in the vibrant progressive culture of the city.

Our pedagogy is based on group learning. Most of our professors are young and experiment with new methods of teaching, other than conventional lecturing. You will be asked to read and interact, but you will also experience knowledge through field visits, conversations with local people, work in local organizations and direct Action Research. You will learn how to work in groups, and you will develop most of your assignments and your final project in groups.

For further information and queries, visit our FAQ section or write an email to masterpoliticalecology[at]


The first term will consist of theoretical/foundational courses on degrowth, environmental justice, alternative economics and political ecology.

The second term will provide specialized courses on the commos, on methodological tools such as Q-methodology, analysis of social metabolism, multi-criteria evaluation, alongside professional development courses, such as courses on setting up a social business, writing for the press, running an NGO campaign, peer-to-peer, learning legal tools for environmental justice or facilitating a group process

The third term will consist of the final project. It will be conducted individually or in group. The final project can be the result of scientific research or of something non academic like producing a documentary, writing an article for a newspaper, preparing a business plan for a social enterprise, or organizing a campaign for an NGO.

Subject Credits Type
Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Degrowth 6 ECTS Obligatory
Political Ecology and Degrowth Economics 9 ECTS Obligatory
Commons and Feminism 6 ECTS Obligatory
Methodological Applications for Action-Research 9 ECTS Obligatory
Professional skills in Environmental Justice and Degrowth 9 ECTS Obligatory
Final Project 15 ECTS Obligatory


Claudio Cattaneo

Gonzalo Gamboa Jimenez

Teaching staff

Joan Martinez Alier

Isabel Pont Castejón

David Villota

Vasilis Kostakis

Amaia Perez-Orozco

Salvador Pueyo Puntí

Isabelle Angelovski

Francois Schneider

Beatriz Rodriguez Labajos

Georgios Kallis

Filka Tsvetkova Sekulova

Arnim Scheidel

Christos Zografos

Federico Demaria

Diego Andreucci

Daniela del Bene

Giacomo D’alisa

Marta Conde Puigmal

Anke Schaffartzik

Angelos Varvarousis

Claudio Cattaneo

Gonzalo Andres Gamboa Jimenez

James Connolly
Helen Cole
Melissa Garcia Lamarca

Coordinating centres

Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales (Ranked 8th for environmental studies by The Center for World University Rankings)

Collaborating centres

Associació Recerca i Decreixement Barcelona

Associació del Punt d’Interacció de Collserola

Can Decreix

Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability

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