Isabel Lema-Blanco

Isabel Lema Blanco  ( Master in Law. Ph.D. candidate in Educational Sciences. As a researcher at People-Environmental Research Group in University of A Coruña, I have been involved in the EU-funded projects TRANSIT ( and GLAMURS ( I currently collaborate with the Horizon2020 project CONNECTING NATURE ( I am the Technical Secretariat of the “Horizon 2020 European Dialogue and Clustering Action: Transforming cities, enhancing wellbeing: innovating with nature-based solutions”.

My research interest focuses on the motivational, relational and social learning process for empowering citizenship in transformative and sustainable transitions. My thesis studies the role of alternative food networks in promoting green lifestyles and collective engagement in climate action at the local and regional level. As a consultant, I have worked for public institutions developing several public participation strategies and environmental education programs.

I have authored several journal articles and book chapters on risk perception (García Mira & Lema Blanco, 2007; Orr et. al., 2015) and environmental co-management (Lema Blanco & García Mira, 2014). I have investigated the role of mass media in environmental awareness (Lema-Blanco & García Mira, 2009) or in the emergence of environmental movements like “Nunca Máis” (Lema Blanco & Meira, 2007; Lema Blanco & García Mira, 2013). Recently, we have published reports on social innovations networks such as the Slow Food Movement, the Social and Solidarity Economy Network, the Timebanking movement or the European Ethical and Alternative Banking Network (see publications below).

In the field of communication, I research media literacy processes in community media, conducting the national research project “Youth and Third Media Sector in Spain” (Lema Blanco et. al, 2016; 2015). I am a founder member of RICCAP (Research Network on Community, Alternative and Participative Communication). Member of the Board of Directors of AMARC-Europe, aiming to promote the effective exercise of people’s right to communicate. Speaker at the European Parliament presenting the report “Recommendations to the European Union for the promotion of minority languages in Europe through community media” (Strasbourg, 2014). I am a lecturer at the University of A Coruña for social communication and media literacy and I have been an invited keynote at several conferences and seminars on participative communication.


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  • Lema-Blanco, I. (2018,  Community radio as a social learning instrument for social empowerment and community building. An analysis of youth participation in the Spanish Third Media Sector. In: I. Gallego, M. Fernández Sande & N. Limón (eds.), Radio Research Trends: Diversity, Innovation & Policies, (pp.15-30). Cambrige (UK): Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN (13): 978-1-5275-1349-5.
  • Lema-Blanco, I. (2018). El rol de los medios de comunicación comunitarios como herramientas de inclusión social. El caso de la emisora CUAC FM en A Coruña (The role of the community media as intruments for the social inclusion. The case of the CUAC FM radio station in A Coruña). In In Xosé Manuel Cid et al (coord.), Educación Social e Escola, unha análise da última década (2006-2016), (pp.693-708). Ourense (Spain):CEESG/NEG.
  • Dumitru, A., Lema-Blanco, I., Kunze, I., Kemp, R., Wittmayer, J., Haxeltine, A., García-Mira, R., Zuijderwijk, L. and Cozan, S. (2017) Social learning in social innovation initiatives: learning about systemic relations and strategies for transformative change. TRANSIT: EU SHH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169.
  • Pel, B., Lema-Blanco, I. and Dumitru, A. (2017). RIPESS, the International Network of Social and Solidarity Economy. TRANSIT case-study report. TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169.
  • Lema-Blanco, I., García Mira, R & Muñoz Cantero (2017). The role of grassroots innovations in promoting local sustainable consumption. Motivations, values and learning outcomes within the Galician network of conscious and responsible consumption. In: R. García Mira, W. Schultz, T. Harting & L. Steg (directors), Book of Abstracts: ICEP2017 International Conference on Environmental Psychology: Theories of change and social innovation in transitions towards sustainability, (179-180). A Coruña: IEIP. ISBN: 978-84-932694-9-4.
  • Pel, B., Bauler, T., Avelino, F., Backhaus, J., Ruijsink, S., Rach, S., Jørgensen, M. S., Kunze, I., Voss, G., Dumitru, A., Lema Blanco, I. (…) and Kemp, R. (2017). The Critical Turning Points database; concept, methodology and dataset of an international Transformative Social Innovation comparison (TRANSIT Working Paper # 10),.TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169.
  • Dumitru, A.; Lema-Blanco, I.; Kunze, I. and García-Mira, R. (2016). Slow food movement. Case-study report. TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169.
  • Weaver, P., Dumitru, A., García-Mira, R., Lema-Blanco, A., Muijsers, L. and Vasseur, V. (2016) WP4 case-study report: timebanking. TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169.
  •  Haxeltine A., Jørgensen, M. S., Pel, B., Dumitru, A., Avelino, F., Bauler, T., Lema-Blanco, I. (…) and Wittmayer J. M. (2016). On the agency and dynamics of transformative social innovation, TRANSIT working paper #7. TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169.
  •  Lema-Blanco, I., Rodríguez-Gómez, E. & Barranquero-Carretero, A. (2016). Youth and the Third Sector Media in Spain: Communication and Social Change Training.Comunicar, 48, 91-99.
  •  Lema Blanco, I. & Meda González, M. (2016). Linguistic diversity and Communication rights: the role of community media in the promotion of regional or minority languages in Europe. Radio, Sound & Society Journal, 1(1), 26-41.
  •  Barranquero, A. Bergés, L., Candón, J. García García, J., Lema Blanco, I () & Villanueva, S. (2016). La juventud española y los medios del Tercer Sector de la Comunicación. Madrid: Centro Reina Sofía sobre Adolescencia y Juventud. ISBN: 978-84-92454-87-7.
  •  Orr, P., Brooks, K., Papadopoulou, L., Bonaiuto, M.,  Carrus, G., De Dominicis, S., Ariccio, S., Stancu, A., Ilin, C., Garcia Mira, R., Martínez, H., Dumitru, A., Lema-Blanco, I., Steinberga, I., Strode, I., Hrabar, M. and Kobal, J. (2015). Survey on Public Perceptions of Environmental Risks. Project code ENV.F.3/ETU/2014/0037 for the European Commission’s Environment Directorate-General. Luxembourg: European Union. ISBN 978-92-79-54020-2
  • Dumitru, A., Lema-Blanco, I., García-Mira, R., Haxeltine, A. and Frances. A. (2015) WP4 : case study report : Credit Unions. TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169.
  •  Lema Blanco, I; García-Mira, R. & Muñoz Cantero, J.M. (2015). Las iniciativas de consumo responsable como espacios de innovación comunitaria y aprendizaje social. Revista de Estudios e Investigación en Psicología y Educación, Extr.(14), 29-33.
  •  Lema Blanco, I. (2015). Los medios de comunicación comunitarios como espacios de educación no formal para los/las jóvenes. Motivaciones, formas de participación y tipos de aprendizaje generados. Revista de Estudios e Investigación en Psicología y Educación, Extr.(14), 14-028.
  •  Lema Blanco (2015). Environmental Participation Strategies in Natural Resource Urban Management. Practical approaches from the educational and environmental psychology.In: I. Novo (ed.), Book of Proceedings of the IV International Workshop on Economic Development and Social Sustainability, (39-40). A Coruña (Spain): University of A Coruña.
  •  García-Mira, R. & Lema Blanco, I. (2013). Communication and Management Strategies During the Prestige Crisis. In R. García Mira (Editor), Readings on the Prestige Disaster, Contributions from the Social Sciences (pp. 83-93). A Coruña: Instituto de Investigación Psicosocial Xoan Vicente Viqueira.
  • Lema Blanco, I. & García Mira, R. (2014). Public Participation in Water Management. The Implementation of the Water Framework Directive in Galician river basins management plans. In: R. Garcia Mira and A. Dumitru (Eds), Urban Sustainability: Innovative Spaces, Vulnerabilities and Opportunities, pp 189-201. A Coruña, Spain: Deputación Provincial. ISBN: 78-84-9812-243-5
  •  Lema Blanco, I. & García-Mira, R. (2009). La sensibilización y formación ambiental de los periodistas que informan sobre medio ambiente. Un enfoque socioeducativo [Environmental training and awareness of journalists informing on the environment. A socio-educational approach]. In: R. García-Mira & P. Vega Marcote (Dirs.), Sostenibilidad, Valores y Cultura Ambiental (pp. 273-287). Madrid: Ediciones Pirámide.
  •  Lema Blanco, I. (2007). El periodista ante el “Prestige”: la función social y educadora del periodista durante la catástrofe. In: R. M. Pujol Villalonga & L. Cano Muñoz (Eds.), Nuevas tendencias en investigaciones en educación ambiental, (483-497). Madrid (España): Organismo Autónomo Parques Nacionales. Ministerio de Medio Ambiente. ISBN 978-84-8014-681-8
  • García Mira, R. & Lema Blanco, I. (2007). The role of information and trust in the process of risk perception. In E. Edgerton; O. Romice & C. Spencer (eds.), Environmental psychology: Putting research into practice (74-90). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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