Elodie Valette




39 years old


Date of birth : November 19th 1975

Nationality : french

Spoken languages : French (Mother Tongue), English : good writing and speaking







CIRAD (French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development).

Visiting Research Fellow at IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute)

2033 K st. NW

Washington D.C, 20006, USA


Tel : +1 202 862 8144

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Research areas


Urban agriculture and land issues

       Assessment of land-use changes in peri-urban areas in North and West Africa

       Analysis of farmers’ strategies focusing on land-use decisions and contribution to land governance

       Public policies analysis (housing, agriculture, land) and the evaluation of their impact on urban agriculture, and specifically on land use and land tenure


Monitoring the Geospatial Diffusion of Agricultural Technologies in West Africa

Development of specific methods to assess the spatial diffusion of these technologies at local and regional scale, West and East Africa

Analysis of how and why technologies extend (or not) over space and time.




Academic positions


• Since 2014 : Senior Visiting fellow, International Food Policy Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C., USA

• Since 2007: Senior Research Scientist, Environment and Society Department of CIRAD (Agricultural Research for Development), UMR TETIS – Mixed Research unit (Territories, Environment, Remote sensing and Spatial Information), Montpellier, France.

• Since 2010: Leader of the TETIS UsIG research group (Use of spatial information and governance)

• 2008-2012: Co-leader of the Research Master course Innovation in rural and periurban areas (Montpellier 3 University, Montpellier Supagro, IAMM).

2004-2006: Postdoctoral fellow, ADES Mixed Research Unit, CNRS / Bordeaux 3 University

• 2000-2002: Teaching and Research Assistant, Bordeaux 3 University



Recent research programs


• Since 2010: Co-leader of the research program DAUME (French National Research Agency  – 2010-2014) Sustainability of Mediterranean urban agricultures

• 2009-2012: WP2 leader for the SERENA research project, Environmental services and uses of rural areas ». French National Research Agency.

• 2008-2011: WP2 leader for the INTERSAMA research project, Territorial integration of rural livelihoods systems». PSDR research fund.





• 2003:           PhD in Geography, Paris 7 University, with distinction

Dissertion : Pour une approche géographique de l’innovation sociale. L’exemple des territoires ruraux périurbains de la garrigue nord-montpelliéraine (Towards a geographical approach of social innovation. The example of peri-urban rural areas North of Montpellier).

• 1998:          Master degree in Geography and Land Planning, Montpellier University, 1998, with distinction


Fellowships and awards


• 2004-2005:   Aquitaine Region post-doctoral fellowship

• 2000:            MOST-UNESCO/ IRMC project, Young Scholars seminar, Tunisia.



Selected recent publications



Valette E., 2014, La question agricole fait-elle partie de l'urbanisme ? in L.Viala (dir.), Mutations des territoires, pratiques de l’urbanisme, Editions de l’Espérou, Montpellier, accepted.


Valette E., Philifert P., 2014, L’agriculture urbaine : un impensé des politiques publiques marocaines? Geocarrefour. 

Sourisseau JM, Barral S.,  Piraux M., Valette E., 2014, Contributing to territorial dynamics, in Sourisseau JM (dir.) Family farming and the world to come, Springer, 360 p.


Valette E., Chéry J.P., Azodjilande J., Debolini, M., François M., El Amrani, M., 2013, Urbanization of the peripheral areas of Meknès (Morocco) and the conversion of agricultural land. The case study of the agricultural cooperative Naïji, Cahiers Agricultures, vol.22, n°6.


François M., Valette E., Abdellaoui E., Debolini M., 2013, Urbanisation des terres agricoles : ressorts, dynamiques, et impacts sur l’agriculture à la périphérie de Meknès, Revue Maghreb-Machrek, n°215.


Perrin C., Soulard Ch., Valette E., What role for agriculture in shaping sustainable cities? An interdisciplinary research project: DAUME, Conference Ecocity 2013, 25th-27th September, Nantes, France.


Martin, A., Mayère, A., Barbe, E., Valette, E., Maurel, P., 2013, Quand l’information échappe à ses créateurs. Le cas de l’artificialisation des terres agricoles en Languedoc-Roussillon, Etudes de Communication, n°40.


Perrin C., Sancelme V., Valette E., Cerdan C., 2013, Open-air food markets around Montpellier. Relocalisation of urban food systems or just ordinary shopping places? An exploratory research, 5th Conference AESOP, Montpellier, 28-29 October 2013.





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