Francois Gemenne

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 François Gemenne is a research fellow in political science (CEARC / CEDEM - University of Liege), and he's is also an associate expert with CERI - Sciences Po. A specialist of environmental geopolitics and migration governance, he also lectures on these issues 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 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 organizations, including the International Organization 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 holds a joint doctorate in political science from Sciences Po Paris and the University of Liege (Belgium). He also holds a Master 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. Between 2008 and 2010, he was awarded a post-doctoral scholarship from the AXA Research Fund. 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.



  • Zaccai E., Gemenne F. and Decroly J.-M. (Eds.) (2012) Controverses climatiques, sciences et politique. Paris: Presses de Sciences Po.
  • Tubiana L., Gemenne F. and Magnan A. (2010) Anticiper pour s’adapter. Le nouvel enjeu du changement climatique. Paris: Pearson.
  • Gemenne F. (2009) Géopolitique du Changement Climatique. Paris : Armand Colin.
  • Carvalho S. and Gemenne F. (Eds) (2009) Nations and their Histories. Constructions and Representations. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Stojanov R., Novosak J., Opiniano J., Gemenne F. and Siwek T. (2008) Development, Environment and Migration. Analysis of Linkages and Consequences. Olomouc (Czech Rep.) : Palacky University


Guest editor of a journal’s special issue

  • “Climate and Security: Evidence, Emerging Risks and a New Agenda”, Climatic Change (edited with N. Adger, J. Barnett and G. Dabelko), forthcoming Spring 2013.
  • “ Environnement et Migrations ” (2010), Hommes & Migrations., No 1284.


Articles and book chapters – peer-reviewed

  • De Pryck K. and Gemenne F. (2013) “The Sceptical President: Václav Klaus’ Influence on Czech Public Opinion on Climate Change”, submitted to Climatic Change.
  • Gemenne F., Adger N., Barnett J. and Dabelko G. (2013) “Introduction”, Climatic Change (under review).
  • Gemenne F. (2013) “Les négociations internationales sur le climat, une histoire sans fin ?” In Petiteville F. and Placidi D. (Eds) Négociations Internationales. Paris: Presses de Sciences Po. 395-422.
  • Gemenne F. (2013) “Migration doesn’t have to be a failure to adapt: an escape from environmental determinism.” In Palutikof J., Boulter S.L., Ash A.J., Stafford Smith M., Parry M., Waschka M. and Guitart D. (Eds.) Climate Adaptation Futures. Brisbane: Wiley and Sons. 235-241.
  • Venturini T., Gemenne F. and Severo M. (2012) “Des Migrants et des Mots. Une analyse numérique des débats médiatiques sur les migrations et l’environnement”, Cultures & Conflits 88: 133-156.
  • Gemenne F. (2012) “Environmental Migration.” In Martiniello M. and Rath J. (Eds) An Introduction to International Migration Studies. European Perspectives. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. 237-258.
  • Gemenne F. (2012) “Paysages climatiques, paysages migratoires”, Les Carnets du Paysage 23: 14-25.
  • Gemenne F. and Brücker P. (2012) "Developing Policy Responses to Address Environmental Migration in Asia and the Pacific." In Gallagher, D.R. (Ed.) Environmental Leadership. A Reference Handbook. Thousand Oaks (CA): Sage. 838-846.
  • Gemenne F. (2011) “ Why the numbers don’t add up: a review of predictions and forecasts for environmentally-induced migration ”, Global Environmental Change 21 (S1): 41-49.
  • de Sherbinin A., Castro M., Gemenne F., Cernea M., Adamo S., Fearnside P., Krieger G., Lahmani S., Oliver-Smith A., Pankhurst A., Scudder T., Singer B., Tan Y., Wannier G., Ehrhart C., Hugo G., Pandey B., Shi G. (2011) "Learning from the past to improve future resettlement associated with climate change", Science 334 (6055): 456-457.
  • Shen S. and Gemenne F. (2011) “ Contrasted views on environmental migration: the case of Tuvaluan migration to New Zealand ”, International Migration 49: e224-e242.
  • Gemenne F. (2011) “How they became the human face of climate change. Research and policy interactions in the birth of the ‘environmental migration’ concept”, in Piguet E., Pecoud A. and De Guchteneire P. (Eds.) Migration and Climate Change. Cambridge and Paris: Cambridge University Press/UNESCO.
  • Gemenne F. (2011) “ Climate-induced Displacements in 4°C+ world ”, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A  369 (1934): 182-195.
  • Cournil C. and Gemenne F. (2010) “ Les populations insulaires face au changement climatique : des migrations à anticiper ”, VertigO 10 :3. Online :
  • Gemenne F. (2010) “ Tuvalu, un laboratoire du changement climatique ? Une critique empirique de la rhétorique des ‘canaris dans la mine’ ”, Tiers-Monde 204: 89-108.
  • Gemenne F. (2010) “ What’s in a name: Social vulnerabilities and the refugee controversy in the wake of Hurricane Katrina ” in Afifi, T. and J. Jaeger (Eds), Environment, Forced Migration and Social Vulnerability. Berlin: Springer.
  • Poncelet A., Gemenne F., Bousetta H. and Martiniello M. (2010) “ A country made for disasters: environmental vulnerability and forced migration in Bangladesh ”, in Afifi, T. and J. Jaeger (Eds), Environment, Forced Migration and Social Vulnerability. Berlin: Springer.
  • Gemenne F. (2010) “ Introduction ”, Hommes & Migrations 1284 : 6-9.
  • Entzinger H., Jäger J. and Gemenne F. (2010) “ Le projet EACH-FOR ”, Hommes & Migrations 1284 : 10-15.
  • Gemenne F. (2009) “ Le droit de partir, un droit oublié ”, in Clochard O. (Ed.) Atlas des migrants en Europe. Paris : Armand Colin.
  • Gemenne F. (2009) “ L’environnement, nouveau facteur de migrations ? ”, in Jaffrelot C. et Lequesne C. (Ed.) L’enjeu mondial : les migrations. Paris : Presses de Sciences Po.
  • Gemenne F. (2009) “ De l’équité dans l’adaptation aux impacts du changement climatique ”, in Fabregoule C. and Cournil C., Changements climatiques et défis du droit. Brussels : Bruylant.
  • Gemenne F. (2009) “ Belgium”, in Fassman H. and Reeger U. (Eds.), Structural Aspects of International Migration: Dynamics of Regular Flows. Amsterdam: IMISCOE – University of Amsterdam Press.
  • Gemenne F. (2009) “ United Kingdom”, in Fassman H. and Reeger U. (Eds.), Structural Aspects of International Migration: Dynamics of Regular Flows. Amsterdam: IMISCOE – University of Amsterdam Press.
  • Gemenne F. (2008) “ Coping with Desertification : Migration as a Forced Choice and a Livelihood Strategy ” in Ozer A. and Swinne D. (Eds) Desertification : Migration, Health, Remediation and Local Governance. Brussels : Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences and United Nations, pp. 41-54.
  • Gemenne F. (2008) “ Panorama des principaux axes de la recherche sur le changement climatique ”, Critique Internationale 40 : 141-152.


Articles and book chapters – non peer-reviewed

  • Brücker P. and Gemenne F. (2012) “Difficiles libertés de circulation” In Clochard O. (Dir.) Atlas des Migrants en Europe, Paris: Armand Colin. 22-25.
  • Brücker P. and Gemenne F. (2011) “Migrations et déplacements de populations dans un monde à +4°C”, Policy Brief 4. Paris: IDDRI.
  • Gemenne F. (2011) “ Migration et Développement. L’enjeu environnemental et l’avenir des politiques migratoires”, Note de l’Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri).
  • Gemenne F. (2011) "Migrations et déplacements de populations dans un monde à +4°C. Scénarios d'évolution et options politiques." Etudes 414:727-738.
  • Gemenne F. (2009) “ Equity in Adaptation to Climate Change “, IDDRI Synthesis Nr. 6. Paris: IDDRI.
  • Gemenne F. (2008) “ Trajectoires ” in Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain (Ed.), Terre Natale. Ailleurs Commence Ici, catalogue of the exhibition. Paris : Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain. Awarded the Nomads Prize for travel book of the year.
  • Dun, F. and Gemenne F. (2008) “ Defining  environmental migration : Why it matters so much, why it is controversial and some practical processes which may help move forward ” , Asylon(s) n°6 :
  • Gemenne F. (2007) “ Migration et environnement : brève introduction à une relation méconnue et souvent négligée ”, Etopia , revue d’écologie politique 3 : 213-226.


Research reports

  • Gemenne F., Brücker P. and Ionesco D. (Eds) (2012) The State of Environmental Migration 2011. Paris: IDDRI and IOM.
  • Edes B., Gemenne F., Hill J. and Reckien D. (2012) Addressing Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific. Manila: Asian Development Bank.
  • Gemenne F., Brücker P. and Glasser J. (Eds) (2011) The State of Environmental Migration 2010. Paris: IDDRI and IOM.
  • Gemenne F. (Dir.) (2011) Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific. Manila: Asian Development Bank.
  • Gemenne F. and Magnan A. (2010) The Other Migrants, Preparing for Change. Environmental Changes and Migration in the Republic of Mauritius. Geneva: International Organization for Migration.
  • Magnan A., Garnaud B., Billé R., Gemenne F. and Hallegatte S. (2009) The Future of the Mediterranean. From Impacts of Climate Change to Adaptation Issues, summary report produced for the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Territorial Development.
  • Gemenne F. (Dir.) (2008) General Overview Study : Central Asia, research report for the European project EACH-FOR (FP6)
  • Gemenne F. and Lu H. (Dir.) (2008) General Overview Study : Asia-Pacific, research report for the European project EACH-FOR (FP6)
  • Gemenne F. and Shen S. (2008) Case-Study Report : Tuvau and New Zealand, research report for the European project EACH-FOR (FP6)
  • Jäger J., Frühmann J., Gemenne F. (2009) Scenario Paper : Ferghana Valley, research report for the European project EACH-FOR (FP6)
  • Gemenne F. and Zhang Q. (2009) Scenario Paper : Inner Mongolia, research report for the European project EACH-FOR (FP6)


Public outreach and op-eds

  • Gemenne F. (2011) “ Should they stay or should they go ? Clashing policy perspectives on climate change and resettlement”, PERN Cyberseminar, November.
  • Gemenne F. (2011) “ Droits de l’Homme et catastrophes nucléaires ”, Terra Eco, 22 March.
  • Gemenne F. and Jadot E. (2010) “ Espoir, confiance et stations balnéaires ”, Terra Eco, 12 December.
  • Gemenne F. and Cavichiolli A. (2010) “ Migrations et environnement : prévisions, enjeux, gouvernance ”, Regards Croisés sur l’Economie 8 : 84-95
  • Gemenne F. (2010) “ Le Pakistan, c’est Katrina puissance 10 ”, Terra Eco, 30  August.
  • Gemenne F. (2010) “ Après Xynthia, rester ou partir ? ”, Terra Eco, 15 April.
  • Gemenne F. (2010) “ Du statut de réfugié environnemental ”, Terra Eco, 25 March.
  • Gemenne F. (2009) “ Migrations climatiques: un état des lieux ”, Accueillir, 252 : 29-32, December.
  • Gemenne F. (2009) “ Migrations climatiques : définitions et géographies des vulnérabilités ”, ProAsile 18 : 22-24.
  • Gemenne F. (2009) “ Les Migrations Internationales ”, Questions Internationales 38.
  • Gemenne F. (2009) “ Migrations, une stratégie d’adaptation ? ”, Courrier de la Planète 89-90.
  • Gemenne F. (2009) “ La migration, une stratégie d’adaptation possible ? ”, Liaison Energie Francophonie (LEF) 85.
  • Gemenne F. (2009) “ Le doute, le risque et la science ”, Terra Eco, 8 December.
  • Gemenne F. (2009) “ Survival is not negotiable ”, Terra Eco, 17 December.
  • Gemenne F. (2009) “ Il y a quelque chose de pourri au royaume du Danemark”, Terra Eco, 18 December.
  • Tubiana L., Lefèvre B. and Gemenne F. (2009) “ Changement climatique et développement durable. Des enjeux politiques et géopolitiques complexes ”, Constructif 23.
  • Dun O. and Gemenne F. (2008) “ Defining ‘Environmental Migration’ ”, Forced Migration Review 31 : 10-11
  • Gemenne F. and Reuchlin Ph. (2008) “ Central Asia ”, Forced Migration Review 31 : 14-15.
  • Gemenne F. (2008) “ Migrations et environnement, état des savoirs sur une relation méconnue ” in GISTI (Ed.), Quel statut pour les régugiés environnementaux ? Actes de la journée du 14 décembre 2007. Paris : GISTI.


Last revision date: November 2014