Jean-Paul Vanderlinden

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Professor in Ecological Economics and Environmental Studies
Director CEARC


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July 28, 2022, Interviewed for "Parole publique"

June 22, 2022, Interviewed by Université Paris Saclay communication officer: see here in French and here for English.

May 12, 2022, just back from 2 weeks of fieldwork in Ho Ci Minh City, and in the Mekong Delta, we also networked in order to launch future edcation cetred partnerships.

April 29, 2022, it is now Official the ERC Advanced Grant project that I developed is funded!!! See here!

April 2nd, 2022, just back from a 2 weeks research stay in California: San Francisco and Berkeley, including field observations in Sacramento.

March 10, 2022, Natalia Doloisio defended her PhD thesis, such a joy!

March 7, 2022, an interview conducted by the GREC Francilien has bee published on its web page.  The objectives of the Ile-de-France GREC (GREC Francilien) are to formalize knowledge into major guiding principles that can be used by stakeholders to decide on land-use planning operations. 

March 1, 2022, I have been auditioned by members of the "Institut des hautes  études de défense nationalez (IHEDN), the subject of tis audition was titled "Climate change and the maritime domain: communication strategies towards populations and public opinions." The mission of the Institut des hautes études de défense nationale (IHEDN) is to promote a culture of defense, to participate in the strengthening of national cohesion, and to contribute to the development of strategic thinking on defense and security issues.

February 10, 2022, two video talks given in UC Berkeley's Social Science Matrix Workshop: “The Residual Risks of Extreme Floods: A Challenge for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” One video on conceptualizing the interplay between residual risk and sustainability (with Charlotte Da Cunha and Charlotte Heinzlef) click here to view this video in Vimeo. One video on residual flood risk management in Ho Chi Minh City click here to view this video on Vimeo.

February 7, 2022, acceptation of the paper entitled "10 years and going strong? Coastal flood risk management in the wake of a major coastal event (the 2010 Xynthia storm, Charente Maritime, France) " authored by Estelle Rouhaud and myself and that will be publishjed in Climate Risk Management (Elsevier). Nice!

February 1st, 2022, invited to talk about existential risks, perceptions, ant political inaction as part of Patrice Carmouze talk show "PAF," on TV78 - starts @ 1min12sec 

January 24, 2022, acceptation of the paper entitled ""Knowledge and its legitimacy, a (meta)ethical framework-based analysis of coastal flooding risks in a changing climate and associated narratives" authored by myself, Estelle Rouhaud and Nabil Touili is accepted. Priming the pump for further work on lay ethics in the face environmental upheavals. It will be published very soon by Frontiers in Climate Science.

January 18 to 22, 2022: Data analysis retreat for the SeMPER-Arctic project. Embracing fascinating interview corpora from the Arctic - pure joy.

January 8, 2022: Excerpts of my interview on my interpretation of "Don't Look Up" with FranceTV's Camille Adaoust are being published here:

January 3rd, 2022: We are starting two weeks of intensive, full time, work with my 2nd year master degree in "Adaptation to climate change"  students. They sure are smart.

December 15, 2021: CoCliServ, that I had the pleasure to coordinate got a honorable mention at the JPI Climate Excellence Award for Social Impact 2021. This is a very nice recognition of the power of transdisciplinary narrative-based interventions.

December 7, 2021: I have been invited to present the methodological lessons learned in the implementation of Transdisciplinary art and science narrative interventions. We have developed these for the past 10 years and we have reached quite a maturity. This presentation was made in the course of The University of Bergen Environmental Humanities research group seminar.

November 30, 2021: Publication of a reference undergrad textbook on ecological transition. I authored 1 chapter and co-authored a second: Lourtioz, J.-M., Lecomte, J., Szopa, S., Even, C., & Roux, G. (Eds.). (2021). Enjeux de la transition écologique. Enseigner la transition écologique aux étudiants de licence à l’université. Paris: edp sciences.

November 29, 2021: I was elected chair of Clara de la Hoz del Real PhD dissertation Jury

November 24, 2021: Michael Delauney, PhD Candidate working under the joint supervision of Professeur Stéphane Roussel (ENAP Montreal) and myself, defended his PhD dissertation entitled: "Internet in the Canadian Arctic, a soft power issue for the federal government and the Inuit"

November 10, 2021: Presented the RREFlood project to the French members of Pathways2020 funded project consortiums, invited by the Belmont Forum Secretariat.

October 29, 2021: A long interview with FranceInfo is published. I talk about risk perception and the importance of respect when conversing on risk.

October 14, 2021: I had the privilege of being invited to present our work (ARTisticc project) at the Annual General Meeting of ALLENVI France's association of sustainability science operators.

September 22, 2021: I presented the results of the COCliServ project to te funding agencies of the ERA4CS initiative.

September 21, 2021: I was invited to give a keynote address at the "International forum on transitions" that has been organized as part of Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour (UPPA) 50th birthday.

September 20, 2021: I presented intermediary results of work that I am conducting on sustainability in the Arctic at the internal seminar of the Senter for vitenskapsteori  at the University of Bergen.

September 20, 2021I participated, live, for an hour, in "Culture Monde," France Cuture's generalist radio show. We discussed flood risk in general, and flood risk in the face of climate change in particular. Al the week is dedicated to adaptation to climate change.

September 16 2021: I had the privilege to serve on the Habilitation Jury of Dr. Elsa Lafaye de Michaud. Dr. Lafaye de Michaud presented 25 years of results associated to her research in Malaysia and South-East Asia. She also presented a fascinating research program for the years to come. The habilitation thesis was entitled: DU DÉVELOPPEMENT MALAISIEN À LA PROJECTION CHINOISE EN ASIE DU SUD-EST UNE ÉCONOMIE INSTITUTIONNALISTE DE TERRAIN. (FROM MALAYSIAN DEVELOPMENT TO CHINESE PROJECTION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA AN INSTITUTIONALIST FIELD-BASED ECONOMIC RESERACH PROGRAM). Elsa Lafaye-De Michaud is now holder of the title of HDR. Congratulation!

September 16, 2021

media coverage, I have been cited by 20 : "Jean-Paul Vanderlinden, professor of economics at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, looked into this phenomenon. "We have a lot of objective inequalities [access to goods, services, etc.] that have been created by the health crisis. When we see the results, we wonder whether it will not also create subjective inequalities," particularly in the way people perceive the future. Optimism differs considerably between age groups. However, "the ability to project oneself into the future is what makes our city's potential, as much as the ability to generate wealth.""

The same event has been covered by the "Journal du Grand Paris" with the following citation : "Jean-Paul Vanderlinden, professor of economics at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, notes: "Between Paris and its inner suburbs, there is an inversion between optimism in the common good - which is the order of the day in the inner suburbs - and the personal standard of living - the inhabitants of Paris intramuros are clearly more enthusiastic in this respect."

September 15, 2021: I had the privilege to be invited to to give insight, in the course a broadly advertised public event, on the results of a large scale post Covid-19 comparative survey conducted in London and Paris. I focused of the concept of optimism. I discussed how the Covid-19 year may have impacted differentially the optimism expressed by various age groups and by varying socio-economic categories. I stressed the dual nature of optimism: (a) a source of current well being and (b) a direct source of future potential. I also insisted on the need to repeat this comparative survey regularly in order to gain insight on the dynamic nature of what has been observed.

September 15, 2021: we had the second meeting of the RREFlood project. On the agenda site presentations and task presentations. Ha, Nhat and myself we presented the Ho Chi Minh Field Site. While Charlotte Da Cunha, Charlotte Heinzlef and myself we presented task 4, its theoretical underpinning, analytical stance and foreseen datasets.

September 7, 2021: I presented the work that I conducted with Anne Blanchard et Kari De Pryck to the seminar on Interdisciplnary research organized by the research center "Laboratoire EcoSystèmes et Sociétés En Montagne." This was a unique opportunity to reflect on the progresses made in streamlining interdisciplinary practices within ecosystem centered research. Other speaker were Cédric Gaucherel (Institut national de recherche pour l'agriculture, l'alimentation et l'environnement), Cécilia Claeys (Aix Marseille Université.), and Nicolas Salliou (ETH Zurich ).


Last revision: July 2022