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Elena Galán

Elena Galán

  • Position:
    Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Main Research Field:
    Mitigation of GHG, Adaptation of Farm Systems to Climate Change, Environmental History, Social Metabolism
  • BC3 Research Line:
    3. Research Line Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Contact information:
    Email address: elena.galan@bc3research.org
    Contact phone: 944014690 ext.123
  • Scopus Author ID: 55179466200
  • ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6809-737X
  • Download CV:  Galán_short_2021 

Short CV

PhD in Economic History (Universitat de Barcelona), Graduate in Environmental Sciences (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). Postdoctoral researcher at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3). She did her thesis studying the transition of agriculture and livestock farming during the 20th century in Catalonia. She has been working on the impacts of climate change and its adaptation in dairy farming. Recently, her research focuses on the study of the economic, social and institutional aspects of Basque shepherding systems, including a co-production process with the Artzain Eskola (Shepherd School). Last season she left her academic job to work as a shepherdess in the Pyrenees ( Baxenabarre), with the result of a deep and complex vision of the livestock sector.

She is currently working on sustainability of livestock pasture-based systems using Participatory Action Research.

Invited talk at UIK. March 2022. Manejo sostenible de pastos de montaña (o la vida de una pastora y sus ovejas)
A revelatory experience to show you how the other side works. This is how Elena Galán, a post-doctoral researcher at the Basque Centre for Climate Change, describes her experience as a shepherd.


Journal Articles

  • 2022
  • Galán, E., Garmendia, E., García, O. 2022. The contribution of the commons to the persistence of mountain grazing systems under the Common Agricultural Policy. Land Use Policy. 117. DOI (10.1016/j.landusepol.2022.106089).
  • Garmendia, E., Aldezabal, A., Galan, E., Andonegi, A., del Prado, A., Gamboa, G., Garcia, O., Pardo, G., Aldai, N., Barron, L.J.R. 2022. Mountain sheep grazing systems provide multiple ecological, socio-economic, and food quality benefits. Agronomy for Sustainable Development. 42. (3) DOI (10.1007/s13593-021-00751-7).
  • 2021
  • Galán, E. 2021. Regional Soil Nutrient Balances for Cropland in 1920s Catalonia, Spain. Social Science History. 45. (4) 681-703. DOI (10.1017/ssh.2021.27).
  • 2020
  • Del Prado, A., Galán, E., Batalla, I., Pardo, G. 2020. Impacts and adaptations to climate change in ruminants. ITEA Informacion Tecnica Economica Agraria. 116. (5) 461-482-482. DOI (10.12706/itea.2020.038).
  • 2019
  • Hempel, S., Menz, C., Pinto, S., Galán, E., Janke, D., Estellés, F., Müschner-Siemens, T., Wang, X., Heinicke, J., Zhang, G., Amon, B., Del Prado, A., Amon, T. 2019. Heat stress risk in European dairy cattle husbandry under different climate change scenarios-uncertainties and potential impacts. Earth System Dynamics. 10. (4) 859-884-884. DOI (10.5194/esd-10-859-2019).
  • 2018
  • Galán, E., Llonch, P., Villagrá, A., Levit, H., Pinto, S., Del Prado, A. 2018. A systematic review of non-productivityrelated animal-based indicators of heat stress resilience in dairy cattle. PLoS ONE. 13. (11) DOI (10.1371/journal.pone.0206520).
  • 2017
  • Del Castillo, E.G. 2017. Feeding soils: Nutrient balance in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula c. 1920. Historia Agraria. (72) 107-133-133.
  • Sanz-Cobena, A., Lassaletta, L., Aguilera, E., Prado, A.d., Garnier, J., Billen, G., Iglesias, A., Sánchez, B., Guardia, G., Abalos, D., Plaza-Bonilla, D., Puigdueta-Bartolomé, I., Moral, R., Galán, E., Arriaga, H., Merino, P., Infante-Amate, J., Meijide, A., Pardo, G., Álvaro-Fuentes, J., Gilsanz, C., Báez, D., Doltra, J., González-Ubierna, S., Cayuela, M.L., Menéndez, S., Díaz-Pinés, E., Le-Noë, J., Quemada, M., Estellés, F., Calvet, S., van Grinsven, H.J.M., Westhoek, H., Sanz, M.J., Gimeno, B.S., Vallejo, A., Smith, P. 2017. Strategies for greenhouse gas emissions mitigation in Mediterranean agriculture: A review. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 238. 5-24-24. DOI (10.1016/j.agee.2016.09.038).
  • 2016
  • Galán, E., Padró, R., Marco, I., Tello, E., Cunfer, G., Guzmán, G.I., González de Molina, M., Krausmann, F., Gingrich, S., Sacristán, V., Moreno-Delgado, D. 2016. Widening the analysis of Energy Return on Investment (EROI) in agro-ecosystems: Socio-ecological transitions to industrialized farm systems (the Vallès County, Catalonia, c.1860 and 1999). Ecological Modelling. 336. 13-25-25. DOI (10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.05.012).
  • Galán, E., Sanchis, E., Estellés, F., Calvet, S., del Prado, A. 2016. Heat stress effects in milk yield and milk traits at farm scale. Advances In Animal Biosciences. 7 (03) 238-239. DOI (10.1017/S2040470016000261).
  • Galan, Elena. 2016. Power to the people: energy in Europe over the last five centuries. Historia Agraria. 68. 218-221.
  • Tello, E., Galán, E., Sacristán, V., Cunfer, G., Guzmán, G.I., González de Molina, M., Krausmann, F., Gingrich, S., Padró, R., Marco, I., Moreno-Delgado, D. 2016. Opening the black box of energy throughputs in farm systems: A decomposition analysis between the energy returns to external inputs, internal biomass reuses and total inputs consumed (the Vallès County, Catalonia, c.1860 and 1999). Ecological Economics. 121. 160-174-174. DOI (10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.11.012).

Other Publications

  • 2020
  • Sanz, M.J. y Galán, E. (editoras), 2020. Impactos y riesgos derivados del cambio climático en España. Oficina Española de Cambio Climático. Ministerio para la Transición Ecológica y el Reto Demográfico, Madrid (https://www.adaptecca.es/sites/default/files/documentos/impactosyriesgosccespanawebfinal_tcm30-518210_0.pdf)
  • 2018
  • Galán, E., Sanchís,E., Estellés,F., Calvet, S.,del Prado,2018. La adaptación del vacuno de leche al cambio climático (The adaptation of milk cattle to climate change). EUMEDIA (Mundo Ganadero). December 2018
  • 2015
  • Tello, E., Galán, E., Cunfer, G., Guzmán-Casado, G.I., de Molina, M.G., Krausmann, F., Gingrich, S., Sacristán, V., Marco, I., Padró, R., Moreno, D. 2015. A proposal for a workable analysis of Energy Return On Investment (EROI) in agroecosystems. Part I: Analytical approach. Social Ecology Working Paper 156. Institute of Social Ecology, IFF-Faculty for Interdisciplinary Studies. Social Ecology Working Paper 156. 110.
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