Who we are

Project Leaders

Victoria Reyes-García

(Ph.D. in Anthropology, 2001, University of Florida) is ICREA Research Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Principal Investigator of the LICCI and director of the LICCION project. Her research addresses the benefits generated by local ecological knowledge and the effects of the integration to the market economy on this type of knowledge. Reyes-García lived among the Tsimane’, an indigenous population in the Bolivian Amazon, from 1999 until 2004. Between 2010-15, she coordinated a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant to study the adaptive nature of culture using a cross-cultural approach. The LICCI project is under an ERC Consolidator Grant and will assess the potential contribution of indigenous and local knowledge systems to climate change impacts research.

Adrien Tofighi-Niaki

(M.Sc. in International Development, University of Amsterdam) Adrien Tofighi-Niaki is a systematic and mindful strategist in environmental and climate change justice. He has worked in environmental law, mobilization of land and human rights resources and tools via Project HEARD, and assessing Paris-alignment and fossil fuel financing impacts on lower-middle-income countries. Adrien is shaping LICCION with Indigenous peoples and local community representatives and civil society organizations, as well as coordinating workshops with community facilitators and integrating feedback into Oblo. He is active in various human rights and climate change networks and speaks English, French, and Spanish.


Oblo Team

Ramin Soleymani

(M.Sc. in Computer Science, 2010, University of Hannover) is the software engineer in the LICCI and LICCION team at ICTA-UAB. He has worked in research on developing planning strategies for wireless sensor networks at the University Duisburg-Essen and worked as a Creative Technologist at the Berlin-based Service Design Agency IXDS. He also worked as a freelance software developer, educator, and artistic researcher and has been a community organizer for a digital art community in Berlin and in Barcelona. He was also an initiator and co-organizer of Science Hack Day Berlin, a community-run Hackathon for Citizen Science and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Science. Within the LICCION project he is in charge of developing Oblo.

Petra Benyei

(Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, ICTA-UAB) is a sociologist and expert in rural development researching on the use of citizen science tools to document, share, and protect traditional agroecological knowledge. She has worked in projects related to the evaluation of the South African land reform (PSGARD, Pretoria) and projects related to climate change mitigation strategies in rural Spain (Paris Diderot University). She has also participated actively in the design, implementation, dissemination, and analysis of CONECT-e, a Wiki-based platform focused on documenting traditional ecological knowledge in Spain. In the LICCI project, she will be investigating the perceived impacts of climate change in both mountain and urban agroecosystems. In the LICCION project, she will be investigating the process of transformation of a citizen science platform (OpenTEK) to increase its potential as a tool to make climate research/policy more inclusive and equitable.

Vincent Porcher

(M.Sc. in Tropical Botany and Ethnoecology, 2017, University of Montpellier & AgroParisTech and M.Eng. in Agronomy in Southern Countries, 2017, Agrocampus-Ouest & University of Curitiba) is a Predoctoral Research Fellow of the LICCI team at ICTA-UAB. During his master’s degree, he worked on the ecology and regeneration of Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa) in Peru (Bioversity International, CGIAR). He is actively involved in the accessibility of science, and has published a field guide for local populations in terms of identifying Brazil nut seedlings. He is particularly concerned about the resilience of Indigenous Peoples and local communities to crises. He will focus his Ph.D. on the ethnoecological knowledge of children in Madagascar in the context of global change. His work aims to understand how children’s knowledge and know-how can contribute to the livelihood strategies of their own society in the face of climate change. Vincent is our in-house photographer.

Interns

Olivia Tullett

Olivia Tullett is a Zoology MSci graduate from the University of Sussex. Her focus lies in community-based conservation and she conducted her MSci project on ‘Bridging indigenous knowledge and Western science for conservation while ensuring indigenous rights and preservation of knowledge.’ Olivia is passionate about conservation that embodies environmental justice and has an open perspective on different knowledge sources. As a LICCION intern, she will assist in workshop development and feedback from the Oblo platform.

Anoushka Raval

Anoushka Raval holds a BA International Relations from the University of Birmingham, UK. She is passionate about environmental security and the importance of Indigenous peoples’ knowledge and community led initiatives that prioritise local values and needs. As a LICCION Media and Communications Intern, she is responsible for media monitoring, contributing to articles for the website, and disseminating the project’s work via social media.