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Stéphanie Carrière

Directrice de recherche en écologie et ethnoécologie, Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD)

I am a senior researcher at IRD since 2000 where I develop research at the crossroad of ethnoecology and ecology.

I have been conducting research for nearly 25 years on the effects of human practices on the dynamics of biodiversity in tropical forests margins, on local knowledge and uses of biodiversity, and on the scientific, spatial, political and ecological dimensions of conservation tools (protected areas, corridors) and policies in Guinea, Madagascar and Cameroon. I have been involved in numerous research programs on these topic, carried out in partnership in southern countries.

For example, in Madagascar, I recently co-coordinated the MSH-Sud Makay-Mada project that aimed to promote equitable management and conservation of the Makay protected area, and I am presently the co-director of the international joint laboratory (IJL) ‘Paysages’ (landscape sustainability) in Madagascar that gathers 70 researchers and 13 PhD students. The IJL "Paysages" aims to analyse the processes of landscape construction and evolution and to identify the conditions and factors that allow the convergence of social, economic and ecological sustainability.

For nearly 10 years, I have been responsible of the "biodiversity and society" team in GRED Lab, and SENS Lab.

I published >50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 50 book chapters, and edited seven books. I supervised 12 doctoral students.


  • –present
    Chercheure en écologie et ethnoécologie, spécialiste des paysages ruraux aux marges des forêts tropicales (Afrique centrale et Madagascar)., Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD)


  • 1999 
    IRD - UMR SENS, PhD, HDR en ethnoécologie.