François Gemenne: Can Democracy Save the Planet?
One of the most insightful and charismatic observers of contemporary environmental geopolitics, Professor François Gemenne, exposes the current state of affairs with unparalleled lucidity and suggests what paths of action are at hand. From democracy to 'green dictatorship' and all alternative voices in between, are truly transformative policies still possible to agree on and put in place? Join this fascinating mind at work.
François Gemenne is a specialist of environmental geopolitics and the governance of migration, as well as a FNRS senior research associate at the University of Liège, where he also directs the Hugo Observatory, and at the University of Versailles (CEARC). He also lectures on environmental and migration policies in various universities, including Sciences Po (Paris and Grenoble) and the VUB. His research deals mostly with environmental governance and migration dynamics. He has worked in particular 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. In 2015, he was recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to pursue research at Princeton University. In 2010, he was awarded the ISDT-Wernaers Prize for achievement in the communication of science to the general public.