François Gemenne is a specialist of environmental geopolitics and lectures on these issues in various universities, including Sciences Po Paris and Sciences Po Grenoble, and the Free University of Brussels (Belgium).
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 (United States) after hurricane Katrina (2005), Tuvalu, China, Kyrgyzstan, the Maldives, Mauritius and Japan, after the Fukushima disaster (2011).
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 organisations, including the International Organisation 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. Upon completion of his PhD, 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 et J.-M. Decroly, Presses de Sciences Po, 2012), Anticiper pour s’adapter (with L. Tubiana et A. Magnan in French, Pearson, 2010), Géopolitique du changement climatique (in French, Armand Colin, 2009) and Nations and their Histories : Constructions and Representations (édited 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.