Preservation policies, biodiversity and economic development: synergies and antagonisms


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The French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (INRAE) is a public research establishment under the dual authority of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Research. It is a community of 12,000 people with more than 200 research units and 42 experimental units located throughout France.

The institute is among the world leaders in agricultural and food sciences, in plant and animal sciences, and is 11th in the world in ecology and environment. INRAE’s main goal is to be a key player in the transitions necessary to address major global challenges. In the face of the increase in population, climate change, scarcity of resources and decline in biodiversity, the institute develops solutions for multiperformance agriculture, high quality food and sustainable management of resources and ecosystems.

Work environment, missions and activities


This recruitment contributes to the desire of INRAE to develop and mobilize tools for assessing public policies to encourage the preservation of biodiversity and promote responsible, sustainable economic development. This recruitment falls within INRAE's scientific priority ‘Responding to environmental challenges and their associated risks’ (SP 1), as it helps meet the societal challenges raised by the deterioration of biodiversity. It aims, in particular, to help preserve and ensure the sustainable use of services provided by nature (SP 1.2). This recruitment will thus reinforce the objective of the metaprogramme BIOSEFAIR to conduct interdisciplinary research at INRAE to encourage the preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. It contributes more particularly to the third area of the metaprogramme with a view to providing support for public policies regarding the coordination of the preservation of biodiversity. Finally, this recruitment will feed the Africa INRAE-CIRAD plan by contributing to the general agro-ecology, natural resources and climate theme, in particular through the analysis of the impacts on income and agricultural activity of the establishment of protected areas in sub-Saharan Africa.

Nature and purpose of the research project to be developed and related activities

Despite the implementation of preservation policies for the living, the dramatic decrease in biodiversity is accelerating (DeVos et al. 2015). Is this a sign of the ineffectiveness of public actions, which include protected areas, blue and green belts, and financial incentives, to propose models less harmful to biodiversity? You will investigate the synergies and antagonisms that exist between the objectives of protecting the living and economic development in the South and the North. This will involve determining how to improve and shift consumption (e.g. energy, food) and production models (e.g. agriculture, employment in processing and services) towards paradigms for the effective preservation of biodiversity. You will draw on advanced quantitative approaches (e.g. random controlled double-difference trials) developed jointly with public decision-makers. The project will produce new data combining socio-economic field surveys, spatial data on land and marine habitats and species for the benefit of the academic world, public decision-makers, and citizens. It will propose cross-comparisons between economics and ecology to promote the emergence of a new scientific front in line with an interdisciplinary approach and with the prospect of providing support for public and private policy actors. It will complement interdisciplinary projects in which several members of the CEE-M are involved (i.e. the ANR project MPA-Poverty on protected marine areas in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Mozambique) and the PARSEC project on marine and land areas from a global perspective).

Nature and purpose of the teaching project

This recruitment will reinforce the initiative of the University of Montpellier for an international teaching project through the Charm EU Master's (Uni. Barcelona, Trinity College Dublin, Utrecht Uni., Eötvös Loránd University and Montpellier Univ.) with the integration of more social science and processing of complex, multi-source spatial data. The Master's in Public economics and environment coordinated by the CEE-M (F. Ricci) will constitute a quality teaching aid for teaching and supervising students regarding the methods of assessing preservation policies. Teaching of quantitative empirical methods and coupling with geomatics approaches will be undertaken with preference given to free software and reproducible approaches with a view to raising student awareness of open science and the reproducibility of the results. You will benefit from the involvement of CEE-M in the MUSE initiatives, especially the support of Labex CeMeb and KIM Sea and Coast likely to obtain grants for Master's Research promoting interdisciplinarity. Finally, you may participate in the lessons proposed by the Junior Research Lab (JRL) for the course entitled: ‘transitions towards sustainability in agriculture’ but also in the biology/ecology master's Management of the Environment in which the rollout of new interdisciplinary courses combining ecology and HSS are being considered.

Funding and related resources

ANR package : 200 000€

Additional contribution INRAE : 126 207€

Additional contributions MUSE  : 74 950€

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

PhD in social and economic science

The scientific disciplines related to the profile are public economics and environmental economics. Skills in econometrics, experimental and quasi-experimental analyses, and spatial information would be desirable. Interdisciplinary openness (ecology, ecophysiology, remote detection) is required and an interest in research combining theoretical and empirical analysis would be a bonus.

INRAE's life quality

By joining our teams, you benefit from:

- 30 days of annual leave + 15 days "Reduction of Working Time" (for a full time);
- parenting support: CESU childcare, leisure services;
- skills development systems: training, career advise;
- social support: advice and listening, social assistance and loans;
- holiday and leisure services: holiday vouchers, accommodation at preferential rates;
sports and cultural activities;
- collective catering.

Type of contract

Tenure-Track Junior Professor Chair is a new career route at INRAE. It enables the recruitment of scientists based on a research and teaching project that lasts three years. At the end of this period, and following an assessment of your scientific achievements and professional capabilities, you may obtain a full-tenure position as Research Director (DR2).

A research and teaching agreement will specify the path you will follow towards full-tenure and enable you to acquire the qualifications necessary to become a full-tenure Research Director in your field.

You have until June 14, 2022 to submit your application. Only candidates previously selected on file by the selection committee will be invited to the hearing.

Offer reference

  • Profile number: CPJ22-ECOSOCIO-1
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: /


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