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Institutional membership: 
Université Grenoble Alpes
Assistant Professor (f)
Research areas: 
Political geography
Social geography
Research team: 
Cité des Territoires 14 av. M. Reynoard 38100 GRENOBLE



After completing a PhD in 2013 I did post-doc research at Amsterdam University. In 2014-2017 I also worked as a project leader for the Swiss non-government organization Vivre Ensemble (, which provides information and documentation on the right of asylum.

My PhD research focused on the regional institutionalization processes, taking the Alps as a case study. My thesis, published by Peter Lang in 2016, straddles the middle ground between political and cultural geography.

Since 2012 I have focused on the geographical, political and social issues relating to migration and borders. My research has also addressed media treatment of migratory issues and accommodation policy for asylum seekers in Switzerland.

In 2007-2016 I worked at the Geography and Environment Department of Geneva University, Switzerland: in 2007-2013 as a teaching and research assistant, then as a lecturer (2015-2016) and finally as a scientific collaborator, tasked with organizing a symposium on migration and asylum at Geneva University, in October 2016.

More recently, my research has focused on the reception of exilee people in mountain communities (see POPSU research project) and on the issues at stake in the crossing of Alpine borders by asylum seekers. In this context, I participated in the investigation "The death of Blessing Matthew – a counter-investigation on violence at the alpine frontier", conducted by Border Forensics in collaboration with Tous Migrants.







Linking up the Alps: how networks of local political actors build the pan-Alpine region
February, 2013
External supervisor(s): 
Bernard Debarbieux; Juliet J. Fall

The signing of the Convention on the protection of the Alps (also called Alpine Convention) by the Alpine States in 1991 heralded new practices and perspectives. This transnational project is intended to solve important social and ecological challenges faced by the Alpine population, i.e. motorized traffic, ageing of the population, national fragmentation of politics, climate change, etc. Convinced that the Alpine Convention should fulfill its potential, some non-governmental organizations and some particularly active persons created several networks of local political actors to connect local representatives, researchers, managers of protected areas and ecological associations. These were designed to realize what the Alpine Convention was promising: a sustainable pan-Alpine region. This thesis endeavours to understand how and why local political actors, organized in pan-Alpine networks, chose to take mountain regions in general, and the Alps in particular, as the shared frame of reference for their involvement. It explores if and how a pan-Alpine identity detached from and/or combined with the more "traditional" national identities is developing among and enacted by local political actors engaged for the Alpine Convention. It also analyzes the nature and socio-political significance of local political actors' involvement in the newly constituted pan-Alpine networks.


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