Scientific committee

Sameea Ahmed HassimULB / Luiss Guido Carli


Sameea 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.

Mikulas Cernota – University of Economics in Bratislava

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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.

Stéphan Davidshofer – UniGe


Stephan Davidshofer holds a PhD from Sciences Po in Paris and is currently a lecturer (Maître-assistant) at the University of Geneva Political Science and International Relations Department. His research focuses on Critical approaches to security and on the logics of Europeanization of security within an International Political Sociology framework.


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.

 Andrea GerlakUniversity of Arizona


Andrea K. Gerlak is Director of Academic Development with the International Studies Association and Senior Policy Associate with the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona. Her research interests are in the fields of public policy, institutional theory, natural resource management, and water governance. She studies conditions supporting collective action, the interface between science and policy, and institutional change and adaptability in large-scale ecosystem settings in the United States. In international transboundary settings, she studies the role of intergovernmental organizations in cooperative institutional arrangements and scientific knowledge and information sharing in global water governance.  Andrea holds a BA and MA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Arizona.


Jacob Hasselbalch – Warwick University / ULB


Jacob 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.


Lucile Maertens
UniGe / 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.

Jean-Frédéric MorinUniversity of Laval

JF MorinJean-Frédéric Morin is Canada Research Chair in International Political Economy and Associate Professor at Laval University. Before joining Laval University, he was professor at Université libre de Bruxelles from 2008 to 2014 and researcher at McGill University from 2005 to 2008. His most recent research projects look at global regime complexes, transnational expert networks and international policy transfers in the fields of trade, intellectual property and biodiversity. Some of his recent publications appeared in leading journals like International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, and Review of International Political Economy. His working papers can be downloaded here


Christian OlssonULB


Christian Olsson is Lecturer in IR at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), affiliated to its REPI research unit. He is associate editor of the French Journal of International Political Sociology Cultures & Conflits. Drawing in particular on (critical) security studies and sociological approaches, his research focuses on the colonial genealogies of contemporary military doctrine, the historical sociology of security practices and the role of private military companies in recent overseas military interventions, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq where he has carried out field-research. His recent publications include: ‘“Legitimate Violence” in the Prose of Counterinsurgency: An Impossible Necessity?’ (Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, May 2013).


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.

Géraldine PfliegerUniGe

GeraldineGéraldine Pflieger is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Urban Policy and the Environment at the University of Geneva (Department of Political Science and Institute of Environmental Science) since 2010. A Doctor of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (Laboratory Techniques, Territories, Societies, LATTS), she was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 (Institute of Governmental Studies, IGS), a Senior researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, from 2003 to 2008 and an Assistant Professor at the University of Lausanne (Institute of Political and International Studies) from 2008 to 2009. Her current research work deals with the governance of common resources (mainly water and land) – at the international, regional and local scales –, and with the transformation of the government of metropolises facing great infrastructural and environmental challenges (for example issues of coordination between transport and land use or between urbanisation and the use of natural resources). Her two main teaching fields are the environment and international relations and urban policies..

Thomas RibémontUniversity of Paris 13


Thomas Ribémont is “Maître de conférences” in political science (Sorbonne Paris Cité) and is a research fellow in political science (CERAL – Sorbonne Paris Cité / ICEE – Sorbonne Nouvelle / CEPEL – University of Montpellier). He also lectures in various universities, including Sciences Po (Paris), the Institut des Relations Internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS) and the Sorbonne Nouvelle.

His research mostly deals with public policies, the concept of expertise and the sociology of collective action. He holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Paris Dauphine and graduated from Sciences Po. in Grenoble. He has authored various books: ‘Politiques publiques’ (edited with, T. Bossy, A. Evrard, G. Gourgues and C. Hoeffler, Foucher 2015), ‘Introduction au droit des étrangers en France’ (De Boeck, 2012), ‘Science Politique’ (edited with P.-Y. Baudot, Foucher, 2010 (second ed. 2013)), ‘Travailler avec Michel Foucault” (edited with S. Meyet et M.-C. Naves, L’Harmattan, 2005), ‘Expertise et engagement politique’ (edited with D. Damamme, L’Harmattan, 2001).

He is also involved in the research program “Politiques de la Terre” coordinated by B. Latour and is the secretary general of the NGO Action Contre la Faim.

Leonard SeabrookeCopenhagen Business School

leonardLen Seabrooke is Professor in the Department of Business and Politics (DBP) at the Copenhagen Business School. He joined CBS in 2005 and is also the former Director of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick (2009-2010), where he also served as the Director of the Warwick Commission on International Financial Reform.  His other publications include US Power in International Finance (2001), The Social Sources of Financial Power (2006), Global Standards of Market Civilization (2006, co-editor with Brett Bowden), Everyday Politics of the World Economy (2007, co-editor with John M. Hobson), The Politics of Housing Booms and Busts (2009, co-editor with Herman Schwartz), and Sources of National Institutional Competitiveness (2015, with Susana Borrás). Len has published in a range of journals, including International Studies Quarterly, Review of International Political Economy, New Political Economy, European Journal of International Relations, International Political Sociology, Governance, the Journal of European Public Policy, the Journal of Professions and Organization, Socio-Economic Review, and others. He was formerly a co-editor of the Review of International Political Economy (2007-2012), and is now a senior editor of International Studies Quarterly (2014-2018).

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).

Edwin ZaccaïULB


Edwin Zaccai, born in 1955, has a obtained his PhD in environmental sciences, after completing a master in Engineering and another in Philosophy. He is a full time professor at the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and the director of the Centre of Studies on Sustainable Development in this university since 1997. The CSSD is a part of the IGEAT, Institute for Environmental Management and Land Planning. He has also been an external lecturer at Sciences Po Paris.
He has published extensively on multidisciplinary approaches to sustainable development, with a focus on sociopolitical implications of environmental change in societies. His work, often published in collaboration, embraces topics as the precautionary principle, environmental indicators, environmental justice, sustainable consumption, the story of environmental ideas, climate controversies, and adaptation to climate change.

Edwin Zaccai has worked primarily in the academic spheres, but has also held positions earlier in his career in enterprises active in energy savings, and in the umbrella for Walloon environmental NGO’s, Inter-Environnement Wallonie. A member of the Belgian Federal Council for Sustainable Development (1997-2012), he is part of the scientific board of several journals such as Vertigo, Développement Durable et Territoires, Natures Sciences Sociétés, Belgeo or Revue Française de Socio-Economie. He is also a member of the International Association of Sociology (RC24; RC09).