Environmental crime is a threat to sustainable development, particularly to the environment, security and the global economy.
I am a French Student from Sciences Po Paris, currently doing a gap year between my two years of a Master's degree in Environmental Policy.
Having a background in social and political sciences, I have always been interested in human conflicts and security issues. Coming from a nature-loving family I have always benefitted from a close connection to the environment and was raised to care about climate change and ecological awareness.
Two years ago I had the opportunity to study a year abroad at the University of British Columbia, which was a turning point for my professional career. I gained a better understanding on how environmental issues and human security are linked at many scales. I am now focused on working with the environment from different perspectives: scientific and political, as well as philosophical and cultural. Hence, I am convinced that the best way to engage communities in reducing environmental harm, is to work on the lack of communication caused by cultural difference.
As part of my internship at the research center Ecologie Systematique et Evolutionin France, I had the opportunity to lead a research project on innovative initiatives designed to fight climate change in forestry.
Joining GRID-Arendal and working as the new Environmental Crime intern is an important step for me because environmental crime enlightens the strong connection between environment and societies and how they can mutually negatively affect each other. It is also significant as it is my first experience in an international working environment. It will allow me to use my research skills for more concrete projects, and add both diplomatic and law enforcement dimensions to my skillset.