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Dr Celine Germond-Duret

Lecturer in Environmental Politics and Policy

Celine Germond-Duret

County South



Office Hours:

Thursday, 11-12 and Friday, 13-14.

Or by appointment. I can meet you in-person or on MS Teams.

Research overview

My research interests include international environmental politics and sustainability, global development, and North-South relations. My specific expertise covers marine policy and blue economy, international climate politics and global inequalities, indigenous peoples, as well as discourse analysis. My approach is framed within deconstructive and postcolonial approaches.

PhD supervision

I am happy to supervise research projects related to my research field (see above), in particular: environmental politics, climate politics, sustainable development, ocean governance, Indigenous peoples. I am open to inter/cross-disciplinary projects (e.g. international relations, political science, human geography); as well as to a wide-range of qualitative methods (e.g. discourse analysis, photo elicitation, etc.)


I am a Lecturer in Environmental Politics and Policy, with specific interests in marine policy and the blue economy, international climate politics, and indigenous peoples.

My research appeared in Development and Change; Environment, Development and Sustainability; Marine Policy; Third World Quarterly; Sustainable Development, among others. I co-edited a special issue on the Blue Economy to be published in The Geographical Journal; an edited volume on Blue Economy: People and Regions in Transitions (Routledge, 2023); and I co-authored a forthcoming “blue economy” entry for the International Encyclopedia of Geography (Wiley-AAG).

I have taught on various subjects of social sciences and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

I obtained my PhD in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva. My research is interdisciplinary, drawing on international relations, development studies, continental philosophy, and human geography. My main focus is on the analysis of discourses and narratives surrounding development policies, international environmental protection and sustainability (including climate politics), as well as marine policy and the blue economy. My expertise spans across global, national and local scales.

My PhD explored development narratives through a discourse analysis that revealed how traditional knowledge was systematically undermined and how development policies were underpinned by colonial thinking. It also scrutinised external interventions conducted on behalf of nature conservation. These are themes that I have kept exploring since. For instance, I have shown that the tradition/modernity dichotomy that is often used in the case of Indigenous peoples maintains harmful hierarchisations (rich/poor, advanced/backward etc.) and justifies neo-colonial interventions. My research on the marine environment has highlighted the need to decolonise knowledge and representations about the sea (moving away from Western and terra-centric visions that have represented the sea as placeless and further acknowledging and valuing non-Western, Indigenous and traditional representations and uses of the marine environment).

From a methodological perspective, I am proficient in quantitative and qualitative mixed methods. This includes surveys and interviews, discourse analysis, and qualitative and quantitative content analysis. I am also trained in PhotoVoice, a community based participatory research whereby participants document their own engagement and experience with the subject investigated.

  • Forthcoming

    (In)justice and the blue economy

    Germond-Duret, C., Heidkamp, C. P. & Morrissey, J., 7/10/2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Geographical Journal.

    Research output: Contribution to Journal/MagazineEditorialpeer-review

  • Forthcoming

    Blue Economy

    Germond-Duret, C., Garland, M., Heidkamp, C. P. & Morrissey, J., 12/07/2022, (Accepted/In press) The Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography .

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings - With ISBN/ISSNChapter

  • Forthcoming

    Blue economy

    Germond-Duret, C., Garland, M., Heidkamp, C. P. & Morrissey, J., 12/07/2022, (Accepted/In press) International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment and Technology. Wiley-AAG

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings - With ISBN/ISSNEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

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