J. David Tàbara is an active member of the Global Climate Forum and Associate Senior Researcher at the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is a member the European Sustainability Science Group, founding member and currently part of the Board of the Research Committee on Environment and Society of the International Sociological Association. With the GCF, he was involved in the executive coordination of the EU project Global Systems Dynamics and Policy launching the foundational Orientation Paper on Global Systems Science (GSS) and now he works for the EU project IMPRESSIONS on innovative solutions to climate High-End Scenarios. He obtained his Phd in the field of environmental sociology in 1995 at the University of Barcelona and holds degrees in economics, environmental economics and business administration.
He has published extensively (over 100 publications) on socio-environmental science and knowledge integration methods, with particular attention to questions of public perception, social learning, communication and public participation for sustainability. He contributed to the first book on Public Participation in Sustainability Science (Kasemir et al. CUP, 2003) and recently to the following books: Making Climate Change Work for Us (Hulme et al. CUP, 2010), and European Research for Sustainable Development (Jaeger et al. Springer, 2011), Reframing the Problem of Climate Change (Jaeger et al., Earthscan 2012) and The Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change (Lockie et al., Routledge, 2013). 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.