Denis Gautier




Discipline and activities



Detailed job description and administrative responsibilities

Senior scientist, hired by CIRAD in 1999, working within a research unit focused on the goods and services provided by tropical forest ecosystems

Member of the scientific commitee of the Environments and Societies Department. 

Field of competences and area of expertise

Denis Gautier is a geographer with interests in the governance and management of natural and renewable resources in tropical dryland areas. Trained as an agronomist (SupAGro Montpellier), specialized in tropical forestry (ENGREF), he holds a PhD (Université d’Avignon) and a “habilitation à diriger des recherches” (Université de Paris 1 Panthéon - Sorbonne) in geography.

Experience in researching

His research interests are the geographical analysis of natural resource management and practices, with a focus on the the rights of access to and use of natural resources and on territorialisation processes, and on the links between ecosystem resilience and the vulnerability of woodland product-dependent people.

Geographic areas of intervention

Drylands; Africa; Sudano-sahelian area; Bamiléké country

Teaching and training activities

Participation in projects and expertise

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