Organizing committee

François GemenneULg / UVSQ / Sciences Po Paris


François Gemenne

is a FNRS senior research associate at the University of Liège (CEDEM) and at the University of Versailles (CEARC). A specialist of environmental geopolitics, he is also an associate expert with CERI – Sciences Po, where he is involved in the creation of a new research programme on the Politics of the Earth. He also lectures on environmental and migration policies in various universities, including Sciences Po (Paris and Grenoble), the University of Paris 13 and the Free University of Brussels.

His research mostly deals with populations displaced by environmental changes, including natural disasters, and the policies of adaptation to climate change. He has conducted field studies in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina, Tuvalu, China, Kyrgyzstan, the Maldives, Mauritius and Japan, after the Fukushima disaster.

He has been involved in a large number of international research projects on these issues, including the EACH-FOR project, for which he supervised research in Asia-Pacific and Central Asia. He also coordinated the DEVAST project, one of the first international projects to examine the social and political consequences of the Fukushima disaster. He has also been the scientific advisor of the exhibition ‘Native Land. Stop Eject’ at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, in Paris. He has consulted for several organisations, including the International Organisation of Migration (IOM), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank, the ACP Observatory on Migration and the British government (Foresight). In 2010, he was awarded the ISDT-Wernaers Prize for achievement in the communication of science to the general public.

He has published in various journals, including Science and Global Environmental Change, and has authored four books: ‘Controverses climatiques, science et politiques’ (edited with E. Zaccai and JM. Decroly, in French, Presses de Sciences Po 2012), ‘Anticiper pour s’adapter’ (with L. Tubiana and A. Magnan, in French, Pearson 2010),‘Géopolitique du changement climatique’ (in French, Armand Colin 2009), and ‘Nations and their Histories : Constructions and Representations’ (edited with Susana Carvalho, Palgrave Macmillan 2009).

He is also the director of the Sustainable Development series at Presses de Sciences Po, a leading French academic publisher, and the president of Ecosphere, a Brussels-based think-tank on environmental issues and human rights.

Lucile MaertensUniGe / Sciences Po Paris


Lucile Maertens is a PhD candidate in Political Science and International Relations (5th year) at Sciences Po Paris and the University of Geneva. Her work focuses on the United Nations and multilateralism, environment and critical security studies. At the crossroads between international organizations studies and research on securitization, she more precisely looks at the securitization process of the environment within the United Nations using ethnographic methods (participant observation and interviews). Beneficiary of a three-year scholarship from the French Ministry of Defence, Délégation Générale de l’Armement (DGA), she holds a Teaching Assistant position at the University of Geneva/Global Studies Institute and is affiliated to the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales (CERI), the Institut de recherches stratégiques de l’Ecole Militaire (IRSEM, and the research group on Politics, Environment and Territories (POLET) of the University of Geneva.

Krystel Wanneau ULB


Krystel Wanneau is a PhD candidate in Political sciences at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Her research focuses on the influence of knowledge circulation over international environmental policy-framing. She particularly studies scientific-based policy-making in international organizations (IO). She looks at how IOs frame issues and how scientists contribute to shaping IOs’ expertise. Her field of study includes global environmental changes and environmental security issues.

 She holds a teaching assistant position at the Faculty of Political sciences and is affiliated to the research centre REPI/ULB (Research and teaching in international politics). She regularly collaborates with the Environment and Society Chair of the CEDD/ULB (Sustainable development study centre).

Leonardo OrlandoThe Fletcher School / Sciences Po Paris


Leonardo Orlando is PhD Candidate in Political Science and International Relations at Sciences Po Paris. His research focuses on conflict, cooperation and environmental peacebuilding in trasboundary waters in East Africa (Lake Victoria) and South America (Uruguay River). He conducted fieldwork research in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda (funded by Conseil Regional d’Île-de-France) and in Argentina and Uruguay (funded by Sorbonne Paris Cité). Currently a recipient of a five-year scholarship from the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina (CONICET), he is Junior Research Fellow at The French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nairobi), and Assistant Professor at Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales (UCES, Argentina) and at Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE, Argentina). During the academic year 2014-2015 he is Visiting Scholar at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Katarina CsefalvayovaUniversity of Economics in Bratislava


Katarina Csefalvayova is the Vice-Dean for International Development of the Faculty of International Relations at the University of Economics of Bratislava. A specialist of water issues, she has researched extensively on the geopolitical dimensions of natural resources, and water in particular. Within her research, she focuses mainly on international water-sharing in conditions of water scarcity and the conflict potential of water.

Katarina holds a PhD in international economic relations from the University of Economics in Bratislava.


Sameea Ahmed HassimULB / Luiss Guido Carli

1441351_10153379512560034_200254131_nSameea Ahmed Hassim is a PhD Fellow with the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate programme based in the Department of Political Science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and working in collaboration with LUISS Guido Carli, Rome. She is also a visiting researcher at the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society at UC Berkeley. Her research examines organisations which are situated at the science-policy interface. Focused on understanding the design of such organisations, the interactions they enable between scientists and policy-makers and the kinds of knowledge that is produced, her research looks critically at the ways in which knowledge becomes useful, trustworthy and believable. Particular interest is placed on elaborating on concepts such as boundary organisations, boundary-work and co-production, concepts which have been developed in research on environmental issues and in transferring them across to the study of global health issues.

Alice Baillat Sciences Po Paris

AliceAlice Baillat began her PhD thesis at Sciences Po Paris in October 2012, under the supervision of Catherine Withol de Wenden, CNRS Research Director (Sciences Po Paris/CERI). She received three-year funding from the Conseil Régional d’Ile-de-France (réseau R2DS). She is also a Visiting Researcher at the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Her PhD research focuses on the social construction of the public problem of “environmentally-induced migration” in Bangladesh today. Her work attempts to assess the role of discourse in influencing the policy making process. From a methodological perspective, she uses a lexicometric analysis to decrypt discourses.

Alice Baillat participated in and/or contributed to organizing several international scientific events (i.e. 2014 ISA Conference, 2014 ECPR General Conference, COST’s workshop, Hamburg, 2012; Planet Under Pressure Conference, London, 2012; Asian Development Bank’s workshop, Manila, 2011; Nansen Conference, Oslo, 2011…).

Since September 2011, she teaches courses at Sciences Po Paris entitled “Environment and International Relations” and « Governing Migration in Europe » (Undergraduate Programme). Since 2013 she also created a CERI’s doctoral seminar on « Environment and International Relations » with Dr. François Gemenne and Lucile Maertens.

Jacob Hasselbalch – Warwick University / ULB

JacobJacob Hasselbalch is on the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate programme in the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick and collaborating with the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He is researching the political economy of disruptive innovation through case studies in hydraulic fracturing and e-cigarettes in the European Union. To that end, he is interested in the role of competition in professional networks in shaping the governance modes and makeup of these phenomena.

Mikulas Cernota – University of Economics in Bratislava

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