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François GEMENNE

Professor (Education Track)

Economics and Decision Sciences

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Biography

François Gemenne is a professor at HEC Paris, where he is the academic director of the Master in Sustainability and Social Innovation. A specialist of environmental geopolitics and migration governance, he is also a FNRS senior research associate at the University of Liège (Belgium), where he heads the Hugo Observatory, a research lab on environmental changes and migration. He is also the co-director of the Observatory on Defence and Climate of the French Ministry of Defence, jointly with Julia Tasse at IRIS. He is a lead author for the 6th Assessment Report of the IPCC and lectures on climate change and migration policies in different universities, including Sciences Po and Sorbonne University in Paris.

His research deals mostly with environmental and migration governance. He has worked in particular on populations displaced by environmental changes and the policies of adaptation to climate change, as well as on asylum and migration policies.

He is currently coordinating two important European research projects: MAGYC, on migration governance and asylum crises, as well as HABITABLE, on migration induced by climate change. He also coordinated the DEVAST project, one of the first international projects to examine the social and political consequences of the Fukushima disaster. Furthermore, he has been involved in a large number of international research projects on migration and environmental changes, including EACH-FOR, HELIX, EDGE, MISTY and MECLEP, for which he was the global research coordinator.

In 2015, he was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to pursue research at Princeton University. He has also been a guest professor at the University of Buenos Aires and the University of Economics in Bratislava, and has spent research stays at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, the University of the South Pacific in Suva (Fiji) and the Australian National University in Canberra.

He holds a joint doctorate in political science from Sciences Po Paris and the University of Liege (Belgium). He also holds a Master’s degree in Development, Environment and Societies from the University of Louvain, as well as a Master of Research in Political Science from the London School of Economics, where he also taught. In 2008, he was awarded a post-doctoral scholarship from the AXA Research Fund. He has published in leading journals, including Science and Global Environmental Change, and has authored several books, amongst which ‘The Anthropocene and the Global Environmental Crisis’ (edited with C. Hamilton and C. Bonneuil, Routledge 2015) the Atlas of Environmental Migration (with D. Ionesco et D. Mokhnacheva, Routledge 2016) or Handbook of Environmental Displacement and Migration (edited with R. McLeman, Routledge 2018).

He is also the director of the Politics of the Earth series at Presses de Sciences Po, a leading French academic publisher, and the President of the Board of the NGO Climate Voices, which seeks to connect youth from the global North and the global South around climate issues. Recently, he was appointed as President of the scientific council of Fondation pour la Nature et l’Homme, a major environmental NGO in France.

Scientific articles

L’accueil des réfugiés ukrainiens et l’universalité du droit d’asile

Hommes & Migrations, 2022, vol. 2, n° 1337, pp 180-184, (in coll. with H. THIOLLET)

The « race » correction in estimating glomerular filtration rate: an European point of view

Current Opinion in Nephrology & Hypertension, November 2021, vol. 30, n° 6, pp 525-530, (in coll. with P. Delanaye, C. Mariat, E. Cavalier, R. J. Glassock, H. Pottel)

Conceptual framing to link climate risk assessments and climate-migration scholarship

Climatic Change, Mars 2021, vol. 165, n° 24, (in coll. with R. McLeman, D. Wrathall, E. Gilmore, P. Thornton, H. Adams)

What our response to the COVID-19 pandemic tells us of our capacity to respond to climate change

Environmental Research Letters, September 2020, vol. 15, n° 10, pp 101002, (in coll. with A. Depoux)

Les réfugiés de l’Anthropocène: La question du territoire à l’heure du changement climatique / The refugees of the Anthropocene: The question of territory in an era of climate change

Revue internationale de géologie, de géographie et d'écologie tropicales, 2020, vol. 44, n° 4, pp 623-629,

Climat, la naissance d’un consensus

Sciences Humaines, December 2020, vol. 332, n° 1, pp 12,

Transformative climate action in cities

Forced Migration Review, 2020, vol. 63, pp 32-35, (in coll. with C. ZICKGRAF, A. DEPOUX, L. PETTINOTTI, A. CAVICCHIOLI, S. ROSENGAERTNER)

Comparing climate change perceptions and meteorological data in rural West Africa to improve the understanding of household decisions to migrate

Climatic Change, May 2020, vol. 160, pp 123-141, (in coll. with F. De Longueville, P. Ozer, S. Henry, O. Mertz, J. Ø. Nielsen)

Connecting planetary health, climate change, and migration

The Lancet Planetary Health, 19 2018, vol. 2, n° 2, pp e58-e59, (in coll. with S. Schütte, M. Zaman, A. Flahault, A. Depoux)

Books

L’écologie n’est pas un consensus. Dépasser l’indignation.

Fayard, Paris

La guerre chaude

Presses de Sciences Po (in coll. with N. REGAUD, B. ALEX)

On a tous un ami noir

Fayard, Paris

Atlas de l’Anthropocène - 2nde édition

Presses de Sciences Po (in coll. with A. RANKOVIC, T. ANSART, B. MARTIN, P. MITRANO, A. RIO)

Géopolitique du climat - 3ème édition, Les relations internationales dans un monde en surchauffe

Armand Colin

Au-delà des frontières - Pour une justice migratoire

Centre d'Action Laïque (in coll. with P. VERBEEREN)

Routledge Handbook of Environmental Displacement and Migration

Routledge, London (in coll. with R. MCLEMAN)

Chapters in edited books

At the crossroads of climate and migration governance: institutional arrangements to address climate-induced migration

Research Handbook On The Institutions Of Global Migration Governance, A. Pécoud, H. Thiollet, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2, 186-195

Poverty, Livelihoods and Sustainable Development

Climate Change 2022 – Impacts, Adaptation And Vulnerability, H.-O. Pörtner, D.C. Roberts, M. Tignor, E.S. Poloczanska, K. Mintenbeck, A. Alegría, M. Craig, S. Langsdorf, S. Löschke, V. Möller, A. Okem, B. Rama, Cambridge University Press, 1171-1274

A few points that communication on climate change could learn from the COVID-19 crisis

Research Handbook On Communicating Climate Change, D. C. Holmes, L. M. Richardson, Edward Elgar Publishing, 272-278

Why are we so much more afraid of COVID-19 than of climate change? Early lessons from a health crisis for the communication of climate change

Standing Up For A Sustainable World, C. Henry, J. Rockström, N. Stern, Edward Elgar Publishing, 396-400

Scientific articles

L’accueil des réfugiés ukrainiens et l’universalité du droit d’asile

Hommes & Migrations, 2022, vol. 2, n° 1337, pp 180-184, (in coll. with H. THIOLLET)

Conceptual framing to link climate risk assessments and climate-migration scholarship

Climatic Change, Mars 2021, vol. 165, n° 24, (in coll. with R. McLeman, D. Wrathall, E. Gilmore, P. Thornton, H. Adams)

The « race » correction in estimating glomerular filtration rate: an European point of view

Current Opinion in Nephrology & Hypertension, November 2021, vol. 30, n° 6, pp 525-530, (in coll. with P. Delanaye, C. Mariat, E. Cavalier, R. J. Glassock, H. Pottel)

Climat, la naissance d’un consensus

Sciences Humaines, December 2020, vol. 332, n° 1, pp 12,

Books

L’écologie n’est pas un consensus. Dépasser l’indignation.

Fayard, Paris

La guerre chaude

Presses de Sciences Po (in coll. with N. REGAUD, B. ALEX)

On a tous un ami noir

Fayard, Paris

Atlas de l’Anthropocène - 2nde édition

Presses de Sciences Po (in coll. with A. RANKOVIC, T. ANSART, B. MARTIN, P. MITRANO, A. RIO)

Chapters in edited books

At the crossroads of climate and migration governance: institutional arrangements to address climate-induced migration

Research Handbook On The Institutions Of Global Migration Governance, A. Pécoud, H. Thiollet, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2, 186-195

Poverty, Livelihoods and Sustainable Development

Climate Change 2022 – Impacts, Adaptation And Vulnerability, H.-O. Pörtner, D.C. Roberts, M. Tignor, E.S. Poloczanska, K. Mintenbeck, A. Alegría, M. Craig, S. Langsdorf, S. Löschke, V. Möller, A. Okem, B. Rama, Cambridge University Press, 1171-1274

A few points that communication on climate change could learn from the COVID-19 crisis

Research Handbook On Communicating Climate Change, D. C. Holmes, L. M. Richardson, Edward Elgar Publishing, 272-278

Why are we so much more afraid of COVID-19 than of climate change? Early lessons from a health crisis for the communication of climate change

Standing Up For A Sustainable World, C. Henry, J. Rockström, N. Stern, Edward Elgar Publishing, 396-400

Academic appointments

Academic Responsibilities at HEC

  • 2023- Professor (Education Track), Economics and Decision Science HEC Paris
  • 2023- Member of GREGHEC, the joint research laboratory CNRS-HEC Paris, GREGHEC HEC Paris

External Academic Responsibilities

  • 2022- Visiting professor Bar-Ilan University

Scientific Activities

Membership in Academic or Professional Organisation

  • American Political Science Association (APSA), Association Francaise de Science Politique (AFSP), International Studies Association (ISA Environmental Sciences section), International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM), American Association of Geographers (AAG)

Editorial activities

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the following journals: Frontiers in Climate (Climate Mobility section)
  • Referee for the following journals: Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), International Migration, Journal of Refugee Studies, Critique Internationale, Population Environment, Vertig0, Ecological Economics, McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law Policy, Global Environmental Change, Climate Policy, Natural Hazards, Asian Journal of International Law, Climatic Change, Environmental Research Letters, WIREs Climate Change, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Peace Research
  • Referee for projects submitted to the following agencies: French National Research Agency (ANR), AXA Research Fund, Fonds for Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO Flanders, Belgium), Swiss National Fund (FNS)
  • Referee for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): Fifth Assessment Report (Chapter 29 on Small Islands), Special Report on Extreme Events (SREX, Summary for Policy-Makers)

  • Awards & honors

    • 2023 ACRONYM (Advancing Cooperation on Asylum and Migration) European Commission, Horizon Europe programme
    • 2022 ILERI Prize for the best essay in geopolitics for Geopolitique du Climat
    • 2021 CHILDRN (Climate Change Diplomacy, Leadership and Resilience)
    • 2020 HABITABLE (Linking Climate change, Habitability and Social Tipping Points: Scenarios for Climate Migration)
    • 2018 MAGYC (Migration Governance and Asylum Crises)