Academic Profile

Henri is a Leverhulme Trust researcher in the Landscape Dynamics cluster of the School working with Prof. David Thomas, Dr Nick Middleton and Dr Troy Sternberg since December 2011. He completed his doctoral studies (December 2009) at the Faculty of Economics, University of Aix-Marseille, France, on tree plantations and climate change mitigation economics in drylands. In 2009 he joined the Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern as a researcher investigating the marginalization processes of the Gujar mobile pastoralists in the Hindu Kush Himalaya Mountains of Northern Pakistan. Henri has strong associations with the University of Bern, University of Leeds, University of Peshawar, University of Central Asia, the National University of Mongolia and the Chinese Academy of Science.

Current Research

Henri's research focuses on people living in deserts and alpine environments. One facet of his work investigates climate hazards occurrences (drought and extreme winters) and the level of preparedness and resilience of pastoralists. Another aspect of it explores the extent to which payments for ecosystem service schemes, especially carbon, can help smallholder exit marginalization and increase adaptive capacity. Having a better understanding of human-environment interactions in drylands and mountains by means of integrative approaches serves the purpose of up-scaling community-level research to regional policy and global governance.

This recently started three-year project on Climate Hazards in the Gobi Desert will contribute in better understanding extreme climate events (drought and dzuds) occurrences and agro-pastoralist preparedness strategies in a rapidly changing environment. Environmental and institutional changes in Mongolia and China offer new perspectives to pastoralists as well as challenges that greatly affect access to natural resources and their availability. This research investigates these environmental and social dynamics and their implications for pastoralism and agriculture.


Selected Publications

Publications are those that were listed on the old website. Publications database integration forthcoming.