Conference Committee Chair
Etienne Hainzelin, Cirad
As an agronomist by training, with a PhD in plant science, Etienne Hainzelin has worked in a wide array of contexts and countries, with long-term positions in Ivory Coast, Réunion Island, Canada, Brazil and France. His first scientific works were centered mostly on corn and sugarcane and over time, he became interested in the links between the social sciences and agronomy, with a special focus on the interaction between social dynamics, governance models and global transformations in rural settings. In this context, he coordinated a study about the role of biodiversity in agriculture transformation and is involved in agroecology debate in the Southern countries.
Between 2007 and 2010, Etienne Hainzelin worked as research and strategy director for CIRAD, a research institute focusing on the prime issues surrounding the role of agriculture in developing countries. At CIRAD, Etienne Hainzelin played an active role in recasting and redirecting the research issues and scientific strategies of some of the major French, European and international centres and institutes in the field, and in designing new methods of impact assessment of research on development.
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