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University of A Coruña (UDC)

General Description

The University of A Coruña is a relatively new university created in the early 1990s when it separated from the 500-year-old University of Santiago de Compostela. It has around 25,000 students and more than one hundred research groups. Within the University, the Department of Psychology is one of the more productive in terms of research, especially in the field of Environmental Psychology. The interdisciplinary People-Environment Research Group has a long trajectory of world-class research on the interactions between the natural and built environment and human behaviour and includes psychologists, sociologists, economists, educators, geographers and architects. Its areas of expertise include the psychological dimensions of social change and transitions to sustainable lifestyles, social innovation, environmental risk research, environmental education, the relationship between nature-based solutions, pro-environmental behaviour and wellbeing. For the last ten years, the Group has both coordinated and participated in numerous national and European research projects including FP7 and H2020 EU-funded programs (see below for a few examples). Its members have consolidated expertise in both qualitative and quantitative methods of research as well as participatory scenario development methodologies such as back-casting scenarios. The group combines such applied research work with teaching and training of organizations and policy-makers to incorporate sustainability principles in their work. Researchers are active members of the International Association for People-Environment Studies – IAPS and the International Association of Applied Psychology, as well as of the International Association of Applied Psychology.

Role in the project

UDC will lead the WP8 on Coordination and Management, the WP9 on Ethics Requirements, and the WP6 on Knowledge Co-production and Roadmap Co-creation, and will contribute to WP1 (Conceptual framework) WP2 (Methodology), WP4 (by carrying out the case study in As Pontes, A Coruna, Spain), WP5 (Comparative analysis) and WP7 (Communication).

Ricardo García Mira is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of A Coruna, Visiting Professor at the Institute for Policy Research of the University of Bath, UK (2016-2022); Coordinator of the ENTRANCES project (2020-2023) on social impact of transition towards clean energy; Doctor Honoris Causa by the University ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ of Iasi (2018); President of the International Association for People-Environment Studies (2014-2018); and Fellow of the IAAP. (2018). Member of the Parliament of Spain in the XI and XII Legislatures (role: Spokesman of Climate Change).

Fernando González Laxe is a professor of Applied Economics at the University of La Coruña. He holds Bachelor of Economics and Doctor of Economic and Business Sciences from the A Coruña University. He began his professional career in 1975 as a professor of Economic Structure at a university college in La Coruña.

Nachatter Singh is a Postdoc Researcher at the University of A Coruña. He holds a PhD in Demography from the Centre for Demographic Studies and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). His ongoing research is focused on the social and demographic impacts of the decarbonisation process in the EU.

Marta Fernández Prieto is a professor at the University of A Coruña dedicated to teaching and research in matters related to educational innovation projects and ICT applied to teacher training processes.

Francisco Rey Vizoso is a Sociologist and Researcher at the People-Environment Research Group of the University of Coruna. He is currently the project manager of ENTRANCES. Tutor Professor of Social Psychology at UNED. Master in intervention and environmental management: Person and Society-University of Barcelona (2014-2016). Master in education-teacher training-University of Barcelona (2016).

Jesús Miguel Muñoz Cantero, PhD in Educational Sciences from the University of Santiago de Compostela, is a Full Professor in the area of Research Methods and Diagnosis in Education at the University of A Coruña. Director of the Department of Specific Teaching and Methods of Research and Diagnosis in Education. Coordinator of the research group GIACE (Research Group on Educational Evaluation and Quality)

Eva María Espiñeira Bellón, PhD by the University of A Coruña, Spain. Lecturer of the area of Research and Diagnostic Methods in Education of the Faculty of Education Sciences. Member of the research group GIACE (Research Group on Educational Evaluation and Quality) and the innovation group GITIAES (Innovation Group on Tutoring and Attention to the Students).