About the team

The IGMs project relies on a small team of two people, the Principal Investigator (PI) and a post-doctoral researcher, whose work started in Feb. 2014.

Dr Vanessa Richard is the PI of the IGMs project. She completed her PhD in Public Law in 2004 (University Aix-Marseille III) suma cum laude. Her doctoral research dealt with international freshwater law in Asia, and until recently she used to teach international water law to postgraduate students in Aix-Marseille University. Her works in international water law have given birth to a number of publications on international watercourses law, the human right to water, international investment law and water services. She has also been a consultant, on behalf of the International Office for Water (NGO), to the Niger Basin Authority legal counsel during the elaboration of the Draft Niger Basin Water Charter (adopted 2008).

Complementary to her research in this particular field, Vanessa Richard has participated in a dozen collective research programmes dealing with international environmental law non-compliance procedures; the circulation of actors, concepts and procedures in environmental regime complexes; the international climate legal regime; the use of economic tools in international environmental law; the use of technical standards in the protection of health and the environment…

You can find  her CV here or email her at vanessa.richard [at] igms-project [dot] org

Dr Marie-Esther Lacuisse is the IGMs project’s post-doctoral researcher. She completed her PhD in Political Sciences at Sciences Po Paris in 2012. Her researches deal with policy-making in development countries in a multilevel framework. She is specializing on rural public policies where international cooperation policies substitute for State action. Until now, her investigations have taken place in Andean countries and territories affected by drug-trafficking. Her doctoral research investigated the policy of alternative development to coca crops in Bolivia and Peru, especially in the Cochabamba Tropico and the Hupper Huallaga. This policy is financed by official development assistance and aims at reducing drug supply with development assistance. Before that, she completed a Master Degree (research option) in Comparative Politics, specialized in Latin America, and wrote her master thesis on Ecuadorian politics.

Beyond the analysis of international cooperation action, above all she questions the instrumentations that are at play between local, national and international levels, and how and why patterns of governance result from development projects in areas where States stand back (voluntarily or not). She thus uses the sociology of public action to study the role of international cooperation. In this framework, she favours a subnational comparative method for its epistemological advantages, in terms of causal deductions and apprehension of political, economic and social change at all levels. The purpose is to understand the rationalities intertwined behind these policies as well as the stakes of development.

You can email her at marieesther.lacuisse [at] gmail [dot] com