Publications of François Gemenne
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See detailWhy are we so much more afraid of COVID-19 than of climate change? Early lessons from a health crisis for the communication of climate change
Gemenne, François ULiege; Depoux, Annelise ULiege

in Henry, Claude; Rockström, Johan; Stern, Nicholas (Eds.) Standing up for a Sustainable World (2020)

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See detailTransitieplan voor België: lessen trekken uit Covid-19-crisis om toekomstige systeemcrisissen te voorkomen
Gemenne, François ULiege; Maréchal, Kevin ULiege; Mertens de Wilmars, Sybille ULiege et al

Article for general public (2020)

Terwijl Covid-19 nog dagelijks honderden medeburgers het leven kost en duizenden anderen worden gered dankzij de voorbeeldige toewijding van het personeel van de ziekenhuizen en de zorgsector, gedwongen ... [more ▼]

Terwijl Covid-19 nog dagelijks honderden medeburgers het leven kost en duizenden anderen worden gered dankzij de voorbeeldige toewijding van het personeel van de ziekenhuizen en de zorgsector, gedwongen te werken in bijzonder moeilijke omstandigheden, kijken onze autoriteiten logischerwijs naar scenario's voor het beëindigen van deze crisissen. In het meervoud, omdat we zowel een gezondheidscrisis doormaken die door de lockdown onder controle wordt gehouden, als een economische crisis die door de lockdown dreigt te verergeren. Dit is de complexe uitdaging die we moeten aangaan om te voorkomen dat we in een ernstige sociale crisis terechtkomen. [less ▲]

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See detailSortir de la crise du Covid-19 et en tirer les leçons pour éviter de contribuer à de nouvelles crises systémiques
Gemenne, François ULiege; Maréchal, Kevin ULiege; Mertens de Wilmars, Sybille ULiege et al

Article for general public (2020)

Le Resilience Management Group est composé d’académiques, économistes et d’entrepreneurs de la transition qui concilient la réflexion et les expériences du terrain. A l’heure des scénarios de sortie de ... [more ▼]

Le Resilience Management Group est composé d’académiques, économistes et d’entrepreneurs de la transition qui concilient la réflexion et les expériences du terrain. A l’heure des scénarios de sortie de crises, il propose un plan de transition pour la Belgique. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat our response to the COVID-19 pandemic tells us of our capacity to respond to climate change
Gemenne, François ULiege; Depoux, Annelise ULiege

in Environmental Research Letters (2020), 15(10), 1002

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See detailComparing climate change perceptions and meteorological data in rural West Africa to improve the understanding of household decisions to migrate
de Longueville, Florence; Ozer, Pierre ULiege; Gemenne, François ULiege et al

in Climatic Change (2020), 160

Largely dependent on rain-fed agriculture, the West African populations could be severely impacted by climate change and variability. In this paper, we performed a literature review relating to ... [more ▼]

Largely dependent on rain-fed agriculture, the West African populations could be severely impacted by climate change and variability. In this paper, we performed a literature review relating to perceptions of climate change and variability in West Africa, followed by an in-depth comparison between perceptions by rural dwellers of Burkina Faso and trends in meteorological data to discuss the importance of perceptions vis-à-vis climate trends in migration decision. Results showed that respondents perceived increasing temperature and worsening rainfall conditions over 1988–2007 matching with findings of previous studies but inconsistent with the trends observed in rainfall data. Given that climate change is recognized as a key driver of mobility on the one hand and the fact that climate change perceptions influence decision to migrate on the otheAdaptation . Burkina Faso . r hand, our results suggest to jointly include perceptions and climate data in future research on environmental migration in order to improve the understanding of household’s decision in response to climate change. [less ▲]

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See detailAlibaba, un projet d’avenir pour la Wallonie ?
Alardeau, Marc; Charlier, Adélaïde; Culot, Charles et al

Article for general public (2019)

Dans la matinée du mercredi 5 décembre 2018, le gouvernement fédéral vacille. Le Premier ministre doit prendre la parole devant la Chambre, mais ce matin-là, Charles Michel est à l’aéroport de Liège, pour ... [more ▼]

Dans la matinée du mercredi 5 décembre 2018, le gouvernement fédéral vacille. Le Premier ministre doit prendre la parole devant la Chambre, mais ce matin-là, Charles Michel est à l’aéroport de Liège, pour la signature de l’arrivée du géant chinois du commerce en ligne, Alibaba, via sa filiale Cainiao. « Un jour historique », selon lui. [less ▲]

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See detailAtlas de l'Anthropocène
Gemenne, François ULiege; Rankovic, Aleksandar; Atelier de Cartographie de Sciences Po

Book published by Presses de Sciences Po (2019)

Changement climatique, érosion de la biodiversité, évolution démographique, pollution atmosphérique, détérioration des sols, catastrophes naturelles, accidents industriels, crises sanitaires ... [more ▼]

Changement climatique, érosion de la biodiversité, évolution démographique, pollution atmosphérique, détérioration des sols, catastrophes naturelles, accidents industriels, crises sanitaires, mobilisations sociales… Voici le premier atlas réunissant l'ensemble des données sur la crise écologique de notre temps. [less ▲]

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See detailAu-delà des frontières. Pour une justice migratoire
Gemenne, François ULiege; Verbeeren, Pierre

Book published by Editions du CAL (2018)

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See detailHandbook of Environmental Displacement and Migration
McLeman, Robert; Gemenne, François ULiege

Book published by Routledge (2018)

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See detailThe complexity of environmental migration: case of the returned Burkinabe fulani breeders from Bouna Department in Ivory Coast to Noumbiel Province in Burkina Faso
Tomety, Yaovi Djivénou; Puškárovà, Paula; Gemenne, François ULiege et al

in Journal of International Relations (2018), 16(1), 22-38

The issue of environmental migration starts to involve growing number of scholars and policymakers all around the world. Conventionally, environmental degradation is not a sole reason that drives people ... [more ▼]

The issue of environmental migration starts to involve growing number of scholars and policymakers all around the world. Conventionally, environmental degradation is not a sole reason that drives people to move but rather it goes hand-in-hand with other political and socio-economic factors. In March 2016, an inter-communal conflict arose between Lobi farmers and Burkinabe Fulani herders who had settled in Bouna department in the northeast of Ivory Coast after leaving Burkina Faso following the great drought in 1970s. This conflict that appears to be born along a banal fact of pillaging the Lobi farmers' fields by the cattle of Burkinabe Fulani herders had serious consequences: numerous injuries, several casualties, capital destruction, and economic losses. Eventually, the conflict led to displacement of few thousand people to the province of Noumbiel in Burkina Faso. The analysis of the roots of this massive displacement points to the growing local demand for natural resources and to the management of agricultural lands what got aggravated along social issues of chieftaincy among different ethnic groups in the Bouna area. The increase in the area of agricultural land has led to shrinkages in the area of rangelands and the degradation of forest resources, thus reducing pasture acreage of cattle herds. Although clashes between stockbreeders and agriculturists had been taking place in the neighbourhood for many years, the situation appeared to escalate up to the point of prompting people to move for the first time. Even though the displaced people in this case are considered returnees to their home country, the years of staying in Ivory Coast destroyed almost all social and economic linkages in their home country. The situation led to humanitarian crisis marked by limited access to UN support since the status of returnees did not qualify for refugee. The support was provided by local Burkinabe government and NGOs. [less ▲]

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See detailConnecting planetary health, climate change, and migration
Schütte, Stefanie; Gemenne, François ULiege; Depoux, Annelise ULiege et al

in Lancet Planetary Health (2018), 2(2), 58-59

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See detailPeople moved and will move again
Gemenne, François ULiege; De Longueville, Florence ULiege; De Bruyckere, Luka ULiege et al

Conference (2017, December 11)

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See detailPeople moved and will move again
Gemenne, François ULiege; De Longueville, Florence ULiege; De Bruyckere, Luka ULiege et al

Conference (2017, November 17)

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See detailGlobal assessment of impacts on migration and security issues
Richardson, Katy; Bradshaw, Catherine; Lewis, Kirsty et al

Report (2017)

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See detailSocial ‘tipping points’ under climate/environmental change
Ozer, Pierre ULiege; Koala, Ouango; Clervil, Luc et al

Conference (2017, October 12)

There is growing recognition that climate change has the potential to trigger social ‘tipping points’, potentially involving abrupt (i.e. non-linear) increases in climate damages, even under smooth (i.e ... [more ▼]

There is growing recognition that climate change has the potential to trigger social ‘tipping points’, potentially involving abrupt (i.e. non-linear) increases in climate damages, even under smooth (i.e. linear) climate change. Whilst the notion of a ‘tipping point’ originated in the social sciences, in the last decade or so it has been widely used by climate scientists, referring in particular to strongly self-amplifying (positive feedback) dynamics in parts of the climate system [sensu Lenton et al. 2008]. We argue that reinvigorating the concept of social tipping points has considerable potential to help researchers understand the social impacts of climate change and consider their human consequences. Whilst feedback dynamics can also be important in social systems, here we review a broader phenomenology of social ‘tipping points’ that could give rise to abrupt changes e.g. in climate damages. We focus in particular on migration dynamics as the original example of ‘social tipping’ which can also be affected by climate change. We include the potential for the perception of climate change (as well as the actual experience of it) to trigger ‘social tipping’. We note how a lack of system resilience can increase the likelihood and magnitude of ‘social tipping’ driven by climate change, and scope out the potential for early warning signals of particular types of social tipping. We argue that in the developing world at least there is potential for social tipping points to be triggered by climate change long before potential climate tipping points unfold. Looking ahead, the application of network theory methods to social data provides a rapidly expanding opportunity to monitor and in some cases forewarn of social tipping. [less ▲]

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See detailThe influence of health concerns in scientific and policy debates on climate change
Schütte, Stefanie; Depoux, Annelise ULiege; Vigil Diaz Telenti, Sara ULiege et al

in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (2017)

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See detailThe Denier-in-Chief: Climate Change, Science and the Election of Donald J. Trump
De Pryck, K.; Gemenne, François ULiege

in Law and Critique (2017), 28(2), 119-126

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States reminded us that climate deniers are anything but endangered species. In this short paper, we discuss President Trump’s position ... [more ▼]

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States reminded us that climate deniers are anything but endangered species. In this short paper, we discuss President Trump’s position on climate change in the wider context of climate controversies and denial. In particular, we put it into perspective with other notorious contrarian leaders and their influence on national and international climate politics. Finally, we provide a brief analysis of President Trump discourses on climate change and discuss them in light of reflections about post-truth politics. © 2017, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. [less ▲]

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See detailChangement climatique, catastrophes naturelles et déplacements de populations en Afrique de l’Ouest
Gemenne, François ULiege; Blocher, Julia Mc Donald ULiege; De Longueville, Florence ULiege et al

in Geo-Eco-Trop: Revue Internationale de Géologie, de Géographie et d'Écologie Tropicales (2017), 41(3),

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See detailConsequences of rapid ice-sheet melting on the Sahelian population vulnerability
Defrance, Dimitri; Ramstein, Gilles; Charbit, Sylvie et al

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2017), 114(25), 6533-6538

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See detailThe Hugo Conference: Environment, Migration, Politics - Compendium of abstracts
De Bruyckere, Luka ULiege; Gemenne, François ULiege; Ozer, Pierre ULiege et al

Book published by University of Liège (2016)

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