Grupos Investigadores

Miembros del Grupo

Casas Jericó
Josep María
Mallarach Carrera
Ortega Ballesteros
Tobes Sesma

Líneas de Investigación

  • Medio Ambiente y Humanidades
  • Naturaleza y Ser humano
  • Sociedad y Medio Ambiente

Palabras Clave

  • Belleza
  • Conservación de la Naturaleza
  • Cultura Ambiental
  • Diversidad Biocultural
  • Educación Ambiental
  • Espiritualidad
  • Evaluación Ambiental
  • Paisajes
  • Restauración Ambiental
  • Valor Ambiental
  • Ética Ambiental

Publicaciones Científicas desde 2018

  • Autores: Miranda Ferreiro, Rafael (Autor de correspondencia); Escribano Compains, Nora; Casas Jericó, María; et al.
    ISSN: 2165-8102 Vol.11 2023 págs. 287 -306
    Zoos and aquariums have evolved significantly. From their origins as enclosures for the mere entertainment of the public, these institutions have undertaken new functions responding to the biodiversity crisis and social demands. Modern zoos and aquariums have the opportunity to educate people, contribute to species conservation, and produce animal-related research. However, there is increasing criticism toward the outcomes of their actions and the holding of species in their facilities. This review offers an integrated analysis of the state of knowledge about the role that zoos and aquariums play today. It describes their performance regarding their conservation, education, and research functions, highlighting general patterns and offering future perspectives. It identifies some challenges common to all these institutions, concluding that the way they keep up with the ever-growing social and environmental expectations will be decisive hereafter.
  • Autores: Puig i Baguer, Jordi; Villarroya Ballarín, Ana (Autor de correspondencia); Casas Jericó, María
    ISSN: 2071-1050 Vol.14 N° 1 2022 págs. 337
    Global environmental quality decline builds up through innumerable decisions at many scales that cause damage to ecological and social values. Environmental assessment (EA) is a relevant decision-making framework in this sense. Besides its technical role, EA has a cultural side we should consider in the pursuit of sustainable societies. Despite its limited reach, EA exemplifies and confronts some cultural implicit stances that may unwittingly favor the overall decline of environmental quality, and limit the advancement and efficiency of EA. Many of these cultural traits are well known and easier to point to than to reverse, namely: (1) too tolerant-to-damage standards of environmental protection and equality; (2) inadequate criteria to assess environmental performance; (3) tolerance of the net loss of environmental quality; (4) confrontation between ecological and social values in decision-making; and (5) neglect of full, in-kind compensation of environmental impacts. EA may have not only a technical or procedural, but also a cultural role to play in confronting these sources of unsustainability. A lack of attention to the cultural causes of environmental impacts neglects the deepest roots of environmental damage. This commentary addresses the topics above and brings attention to their disregard for environmental values, which should guide EA towards increased levels of sustainability.
  • Autores: Bermejo Martins, Elena; Pueyo Garrigues, María (Autor de correspondencia); Casas Jericó, María; et al.
    ISSN: 1660-4601 Vol.19 N° 20 2022 págs. 13589
    Forest bathing practices benefit individuals' physical and mental health. A growing number of published studies provide evidence of such effects in diverse populations and contexts. However, no literature has been found that evaluates the effects of forest bathing on people with intellectual disabilities. In this paper, we present a quasi-experimental pre-post protocol for assessing the preliminary efficacy and feasibility of a forest bathing intervention in a group of adults with intellectual disability. An 11-weekly session program will be applied in the forests of the Ollo Valley, Navarre (Spain). The preliminary efficacy outcomes will be blood pressure, psycho-physiological coherence parameters and quality of life. The feasibility of the intervention will be assessed through data on barriers and facilitators of the implementation process and indicators of environmental comfort (physiological equivalent temperature and thermic perception). This study offers an opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities to benefit from a forest bathing intervention and explore its effects not only on their quality of life, but also on the improvement in their physiological and psychological state. This feasibility study is an essential step to explore crucial aspects for a future full-scale trial.
  • Autores: Otamendi, I. ; Casas Jericó, María; Villarroya Ballarín, Ana
    ISSN: 2659-708X Vol.4 N° 1 2022 págs. 1303
    This educational proposal consisted of the design, development and evaluation of an Environmental Education urban camp at the campus of the University of Navarra. The main objective of this camp addressed to 4-5 year old children was to use Environmental Education as a tool to promote human-nature connectedness and offer children opportunities for playing outdoors and exploring the environment. The methodology for the design and organization of the camp was based on elaborating an Activities Guide, which was tested in several pilot sessions in the formal educational context. The assessment of activities was conducted by using an adapted graphical rating scale through which children were able to express to what extent they enjoyed the activities. Complementarily, educators' observations about the group's behaviour and the activities' development were considered. The full camp experience was conducted in four different weeks during summer 2021, involving a total of 70 participants. The results obtained were positive since 89.2% of the participants expressed that they had a good experience during the camp. The highest rated activities were the ones including hands-on experiences and handicrafts outdoors. Thus, this experience highlights the potential of certain areas within cities to grow into learning spaces and places of connection with nature.
  • Autores: Puig i Baguer, Jordi; Casas Jericó, María; Villarroya Ballarín, Ana
    ISSN: 1698-7799 Vol.20 N° 2 2022 págs. 319 - 336
    El daño ambiental y la injusticia social son dos rasgos característicos del mundo contemporáneo. Ambos evidencian una falta de respeto hacia los valores naturales y humanos que la realidad, per se, posee. El descubrimiento de estos valores puede constituir una oportunidad para promover cambios de conducta que contribuyan a lograr una cultura más sostenible y justa. Tras examinar algunas posibles causas culturales de la insostenibilidad socio-ambiental, los autores plantean que la belleza que encierra la realidad puede desvelar a cada individuo valores naturales y humanos que antes no se percibían como tales. Este descubrimiento del valor interpela a la conducta personal e invita a la adopción libre de un compromiso de respeto hacia el mismo.
  • Autores: Casas Jericó, María; Erneta Altarriba, Luis; Villarroya Ballarín, Ana
    Libro: Didactic strategies and resources for innovative geography teaching
    ISSN: 9781799895985 2022 págs. 117 - 143
    The growing technical, political, social, and cultural interconnectedness of our world helps advance societies. However, globalization also entails some negative environmental and cultural effects, which are usually intertwined. For example, the spread of Western consumption models accelerates ecological and social degradation worldwide. A sustainable development model is necessary to face these problems, which needs a conscious and competent society. This chapter explores how heritage and landscape are, at the same time, integrative concepts and didactic resources that promote interdisciplinary learning. Both aspects have great potential for advancing sustainability education. The chapter presents some didactic proposals that use diverse strategies and resources related to heritage and landscape, adopting a local focus whenever possible to make the learning experience more significant. Some of these activities address environmental and social challenges described in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.