Dr. Joan David Tàbara is an associate senior researcher, professor qualified, at the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) where he lectures Environmental Sociology, Integrated Assessment methods and public participation in Sustainability Science. He obtained his Phd in the field of environmental sociology in 1995 at the Department of Sociology of the University of Barcelona and holds degrees in economics, environmental economics and business administration. Formerly he was a lecturer in environmental management and politics at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and also worked for the Institute of Advanced Social Research of the Spanish Higher Council of Scientific Research (IESA-CSIC). He has published extensively on socioenvironmental theory and integrative environmental methods, with particular attention to questions of public perception, social learning, communication and public participation for sustainability.
He is a member of the Global Climate Forum, of the European Sustainability Science Group, and of the Quality Research Group on Water, Land use and Sustainability of the UAB. He is also a founding member and now member of the Board of the Research Committee on ‘Environment and Society’ of the International Sociological Association (ISA -RC-24). He is a member of the Catalan Experts’ Group on Climate Change and a member of the Spanish Scientific Committee of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change. In 2009 he received a best paper award at the EU Conference on Sustainable Development Research and also the award for Research Excellence at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.