Martí Orta Martinez

Martí Orta Martinez

Research Professor

I am a Research Professor at the Central University of Catalonia and associate researcher at ICTA-UAB. I hold a PhD in Environmental Sciences, a postgraduate degree in Ecological Economics and Environmental Management, a postgraduate degree in Ecology (UAB), and a BSc in Biology (University of Barcelona).

I have developed an independent research career on political ecology of extractive industries in tropical rainforests and indigenous territories of remote areas of the world. My research has focused, in a broad sense, on the study of environmental pollution from upstream oil industry, tropical rainforests conservation, socio-environmental conflicts and corporate accountability. I have approached these topics from a set of interdisciplinary methodologies, such as community-based monitoring, citizen science, remote sensing, GIS and environmental forensics. I have more than 15 years of experience working on environmental outcomes of petroleum-related activities in the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Amazon. I have also conducted pantropical studies on the expansion of the oil frontier in the tropical rainforests and on the governance and management of environmental resources and services involving indigenous people in the Amazon lowland rainforests of Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and in Cameroon, Southeast Asia (Indonesia) and Siberia. 

My current areas of research include:

  • Near real-time monitoring of oil spills, illegal logging and gold mining in indigenous territories (community-based monitoring and remote sensing);
  • Oil and mining pollution and risks posed to health of indigenous people;
  • Socio-environmental conflicts over oil extraction, oil industry standards and corporate accountability and impunity;
  • Unburnable fuels: location, institutional mechanisms and finance.
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