I have been since 2014 working for the International Christian conservation organisation A Rocha as director of Les Courmettes, an environmental education center above the hills of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, near Nice, in the South of France.
Prior to that, I was a post-doctoral research fellow based in the history department of Georgetown University (Washington D.C.). (see a presentation of the books I have written on my website).
I have a long-standing interest for environmental and energy issues, in particular for climate change. I have published several articles and a book showing the connections that exist between the use of fossil fuels today and of slaves in the past. I have also been involved since its beginning in 2006 in Rescue! History, a group of historians and others in Humanities and related disciplines who seek to connect their diverse research to current realities of climate change. I also researched the history of environmentalism and of the protection of nature and the Environment in the United Kingdom and France, which will has resulted in several publications in journals and a co-edited book that has appeared in 2013 on Protecting Nature and the Environment in France in the 19th and 20th centuries.
In the previous five years I have researched the history of Non-Governmental Organisations in the history department of Birmingham University (UK). Two books of which I am co-author came out of that project in 2012-13 as an outcome of this project (Oxford University Press and Palgrave) .
Prior to this, I studied at the European University Institute
, a non-national European graduate school based in Florence, Italy, which admits research students from all other Europe and beyond.
My first book (based on my PhD), Les Acadiens réfugiés en France: l’Impossible réintégration
(Québec, Septentrion, 2009; 2nd edition, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, Sept. 2012; English edition forthcoming from UL Press at Lafayette) dealt with the reintegration of Acadian refugees (French settlers from Acadia / Nova Scotia) deported from America in 1755 and who, after some time in France, went on to migrate to Louisiana and form there the “Cajun” community (Cajun is an alteration of “(A)cadian”). You can read reviews, hear interviews about and generally get more information about that book on the dedicated website
(in French and English).
You can contact me at : firstname.lastname@example.org