Muriel Figuié

Sociologue/ Sociologist

Risk and society, Animal health policies, domestic and wild animals, food systems and food market chains

Cirad, Département Environnements et Sociétés

Directrice de recherches, Unité Mixte de Recherche "Montpellier Interdisciplinary center on Sustainable Agri-food systems" (UMR MoISA)

Research Fellow, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique


Mes recherches portent sur les risques sanitaires dans les systèmes alimentaires, en lien avec les enjeux de développement dans les pays sous régime d'aide, et dans une perspective Une seule Santé/ One Health. Les risques que j'étudie sont principalement liés aux animaux sauvages et d’élevage (maladies infectieuses émergentes, zoonoses, antimicrobiorésistance).


My research focuses on health risks and food systems in LMICs. These risks are related to wild and farmed animals in a One Health perspective (emerging infectious diseases, zoonosis, antimicrobial resistance).


HDR, Sociology (Academic accreditation to supervise research) Université Jean Jaurès, Toulouse, France (2016).

PhD, Sociology, AgroParisTech, French Institute of Agronomy, Paris, France/ UnB Brésil (2001).

Engineer in Agronomy, “Animal Production and development”, Montpellier SupAgro-IRC, France (1988).


Principales activités/ Main activities


SWM (2018-2023; coord FAO, funded by EU). The Sustainable Wildlife Management Programme is a major international initiative that aims to improve wildlife conservation and food security. Field projects are being implemented in 13 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. I am the Cirad's focal expert for wild meat consumption (role of wild meat in the local food systems, drivers and dynamic of this consumption, levers for changes). I am actively involved in the activities conducted in Zimbabwe and Zambia, in the Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area. (more information)

ROADMAP (2019-2023, coord. INRA; H2020). Rethinking of antimicrobial decision-systems in the management of animal production. ROADMAP is an interdisciplinary project that combines social sciences (sociology, economics) and animal and veterinary sciences.  ROADMAP analyses the socio-econmic drivers of antimicrobial use, develops tailored strategies for changes and proposes transition scenarios in diverse farm animal production systems in Europe and low and middle income countries.  I am in charge of the project in Mozambique. (more information)

AMAGRI (2019- 2020, coord. INRA; ANR) The objective of AMAGRI is to address the problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the agri-food sector. One one hand, it aims to understand how the dominant model of intensive animal husbandry, supported by a heavy usage of antimicrobials, has been established, and on the other hand, to encourage the current dynamics towards reduction of this sociotechnical and socio-economic dependence. AMAGRI contributes to the transition towards an "agro-ecological" production model, and a better control of the health and environmental risks posed by the use of antimicrobials. (more information)

MozArh  (coord.  Cirad; funded by MUSE). The main objective of the project Mozambican Areanvirus at the Rodent Human interface is to assess the circulation of arenaviruses and understand its drivers, in order to inform on the risk of spill-over to humans. This includes the identification of  the social, cultural, economic and political drivers that shape the human/rodent interface.

ProSuli  (2018-2021, coord. Cirad; EuropAid), Promoting Sustainable LIvelihoods for sustainable Transfrontier conservation areas.  The project aims at promoting and strengthening the sustainable management of TransFrontier Conservation Areas (TFAcs) in Southern Africa (Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe) through a multi-stakeholder participatory process. (more information)

Past projects:  Pacman (Gisa/inra), FSP GRIPAVI, ARDIGRIP (AIRD), ATP "Emergences et risques sanitaires" (Cirad), SUSPER (AVRDC), M4P (ADB), ACI Distri...

Governing zoorisks (food related risks, zoonosis, emerging infectious diseases): public perception and management of risks (consumers, livestock keepers, traders…), vulnerability and resilience, communication and trust.

Animal farming systems and Value chain analysis : social organisations, collective action, inclusiveness and governance

Impact of animal health (HFMD) and sanitary crisis (H5N1, Ebola) on small-scale farmers and traders


Master courses (Sociology of Risk, Sociology of Food) : Master SSAA, Master Gimat; Master OH; Master PAGERS... (France, Thailande, Belgique).

PhD supervision (Université Montpellier 3, Universidade  E.Mondlane, University of Amsterdam).


Africa (Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Madagascar, Comoro Islands, Senegal, Cameroon, Ethiopia)

South East Asia (Vietnam, Thailande, Laos, Cambodge)

South America (Brasil), Caraïbes (Haiti)


Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
Faculdade de Letras e Ciencias Sociais, Departamento de Sociologia
Campus Universitario Principal Av. Julius Nyerere CP 257 Maputo, Mozambique
Tel (mob. Mozambique): 00 +258 85 26 58 887
Tel France: 00 + 33 4 67 61 55 37 (sec. Cirad)


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