We are a network of French-speaking social science researchers working in the environmental justice field. We are members of the organizations presented below.


A few presentations:


Valérie Deldrève is a sociology research director at INRAE Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Bordeaux. Her research focuses on public policies for biodiversity conservation and on environmental collective actions. Together with J. Candau, she coordinated the Effijie project (Anr Socenv, 2014-19) which dealt with the allocation of the environmental effort required by water (territorialized agri-environmental measures, Grenelle catchments) and biodiversity (National parks) policies in metropolitan France and Reunion Island. Along with M. Diaw, V. Banos et S. Leberre, she is currently leading the JustBaux project (Nouvelle Aquitaine region-OHM BMP) which addresses environmental justice issues on the bauxite trajectory. She worked toward obtaining the accreditation to supervise research (2015) in order to build an analytical framework of environmental inequalities, based on the controversies that have arisen within the scientific movement of Environmental Justice, as well as on the sociological approaches of inequalities.

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Caroline Lejeune is a doctor of political science. She currently works as a first assistant within the environmental humanities research group at the University of Lausanne (Institute of Geography and Sustainability, Faculty of Geosciences and Environment). She specializes in sustainability policies. Her work focuses on the political implications of finiteness on justice categories within the democratic system. She adopted several approaches for her research: political sociology, environmental political theory and environmental philosophy. She is the editorial secretary of the La Pensé écologique scientific journal (Ecological Thinking) as well as a member of the editorial committee of the Développement durable et Territoires journal (Sustainable Development and Territories).

For more information: http://igd.unil.ch/clejeune/



Geneviève Brisson (Geneviève_Brisson@uqar.ca) is a professor within the Societies, Territories and Development department of UQAR. She is also a research associate at the National Public Health Institute of Quebec (INSPQ). As a jurist and an anthropologist, her work deals with the social representations of the environment, the social impacts of environmental changes and the sociopolitical implications of anthropic and natural risk management. She runs the ATTISÉE (SSHRC) project on the role given to social dimensions in the environmental assessment of major projects. She also leads the ARICA (Ouranos) project in which, with Lily Lessard and Nathalie Lewis, she examines local and institutional learning following extreme climatic events in outlying communities.

Selected publications since 2014.



Marie Thiann-Bo Morel is an associate professor of environmental, risk and health sociology. Her research in the environmental justice field focuses on environmental inequalities in the Reunion Island post-colonial context. Thus, her analyses deal with the construction of these inequalities at Reunion Island in the fields of biodiversity conservation or environmental and health risk management. She strives to combine postcolonial and decolonial frameworks with environmental justice ones.

Main publications available on Researchgate and Hal.



Brendan Coolsaet is an associate professor of environmental policy at ESPOL Lille. He is also a member of the Global Environmental Justice research group at the University of East Anglia (United Kingdom). Lying at the intersection between environmental humanities (specifically environmental justice and political ecology), biodiversity governance and the “critical food studies”, his research focuses on inequality and justice issues raised, among others, by environmental transition and transformation processes related to biodiversity conservation, to food and agriculture, and to territorial development. He wrote Environmental Justice: Key Issues (Routledge 2020), the first collective manual to provide a complete and accessible overview of environmental justice studies. He currently leads the “Towards ‘just conservation’: linking theories and practices of justice in biodiversity conservation” project, which is financed by the Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB/CESAB).

For more information: http://brendan.coolsaet.eu



Stéphanie Dos Santos is a sociologist and a demographer working in the Population Environment Development Laboratory (LPED) at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD). She is currently based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. She conducts research on the environmental living conditions of populations in several West African cities and, lately, on vulnerabilities to extreme climate events, using an interdisciplinary approach. She also examines the construction of figures, and more importantly the indicators of a sustainable development. More recently, she was appointed scientific adviser on sustainable cities at the IRD where she co-leads the IRD knowledge community on sustainable cities.

For more information: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Stephanie-Dos-Santos



Bruno Bouet is currently a contract researcher within the ETBX unit at INRAE Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux. In November 2019, he defended his PhD dissertation on the French National Park reform and the recognition of indigenousness, with regard to both its implementation modes and its effects. His research lie primarily within public action and environmental sociology and they strive to contribute to environmental justice research. He is the coordinator for the Arenna project (Socioeconomic analysis for the review of the management plan of the Banc d’Arguin national natural reserve). This study draws on the ideas he developed in his dissertation on the tensions between conservation and equity that are affecting nature conservation policies, or on the recognition of an indigenous capital.


Nathalie Lewis is a doctor of environmental sociology and a researcher in regional and territorial development. As a professor at the University of Quebec in Rimouski (UQAR), she is currently conducting research on the social and political aspects related to natural resources and to the communities that depend on these resources. She is also pursuing her work on the “government” of resources through several ongoing projects, such as: Seals as an indicator of movements in the era of climate change (SSHRC, 2020-2023), Establishing collaborative institutions in order to rehabilitate large ecosystems (Multidisciplinary center of expertise for the sustainable management of the Lac Saint-Pierre shoreline, ongoing), Collective expertise on the eutrophication and the quality of coastal waters: toward the appropriation of knowledge and Maritime tributaries and coastal entrophication: from research to knowledge appropriation (RQM and FQRSC, 2019-2021). The importance of the Francophonie in science is central to her commitments. As such, she is among the executive board of the International association of Frenchspeaking sociologists and she is a member of the editorial committee of VertigO, the electronic journal in environmental sciences.

For more information: http://www.uqar.ca/universite/a-propos-de-l-uqar/departements/departement-societes-territoires-et-developpement/lewis-nathalie


Cécilia Claeys is a sociology associate professor at Aix-Marseille University. She is also a member of the Population Environment Development Laboratory(LPED). Her research deals with potentially problematic interactions between humans and nature. She focuses on the socio-environmental impacts of recreational practices as well as on the exposure of populations to environmental and health risks. For this purpose, she uses interdisciplinary approaches combining humanities and life and earth sciences. Her study fields are mountain, coastal and island environments of metropolitan and overseas France. She specifically examines them through the environmental justice analytical frameworks..



Mody Diaw is a sociology PhD student working at INRAE Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux since October 2019. He joined the Environment, Territories and Infrastructures research unit (ETBX) and, under the supervision of Valérie Deldrève, he is writing his dissertation about environmental justice issues on the bauxite trajectory (from Guinea Conakry to Gardanne in south-east France).

He obtained two master’s degree in sociology and for his masters’ dissertations, he studied conflicts of use in the Reunion Island National Park (2017) and environmental justice mobilizations and issues surrounding the phosphate mining operation in Senegal (2018).