Henri Rueff


Henri Rueff is a Geographer and an Environmental Economist interested in smallholder’s livelihoods living in resource scarce and remote areas in mountains and deserts. Henri conducted extensive research in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya Mountains of Northern Pakistan, the Gobi and in the Middle East. After completing two postdocs at University of Bern and Oxford he is now a researcher and lecturer at University of Basel, Switzerland, evaluating critically farming technologies and innovative payment schemes affecting smallholders’ practices. He investigates the validity of complex human-environment interactions leading to an environment-poverty nexus. He is especially interested in documenting and understanding smallholders' strategies such as income diversification in areas undergoing rapid changes. The effects of changes he explores are mostly environmental (climate change, climate shocks) and institutional (multilevel) using economic models, climate data, and qualitative analysis from first hand data. In a recent article, Henri analysed the role of global governance setting sustainable development agendas which potentially influence local policy in mountain areas, by raising awareness and making agencies more likely to collaborate and adopt cross-sectoral approaches, as observed in Pakistan and Nepal.

Floods in Guelmim, Morocco in March 2013 (Credit: jbdodane; https://www.flickr.com/photos/jbdodane/).

The climate change, migration and economic development nexus in North Africa

This article addresses the climate change and migration nexus from the perspective of disaster risks and employment, and focuses on Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt.

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