Environmental assessment, a lever for integrating scientific ecology into public action on biodiversity
-  L’évaluation environnementale, un levier d’intégration de l’écologie scientifique dans l’action publique en matière de biodiversité
Doctorate led by Caroline VINCENT, under contract with the Faculty of Sciences of Orsay, attached to the Laboratory of Systematic Ecology and Evolution (ESE) of the University of Paris Saclay, and to the doctoral school ABIES (financing: doctoral contract ED ABIES).
The supervision of the thesis is carried out by Nathalie Frascaria-Lacoste (ecologist) and Cécile Blatrix (political scientist).
This PhD is also part of the research project PEGASE - Governance of Environmental Assessment: Air, Landscapes and Ecosystems, funded under the ITTECOP program.
Start date: 1/10/2020 // Estimated end date: 30/09/2023
How has the consideration of environmental issues in land use planning evolved over time? Does the improvement, often defended by past and present actors of the environmental assessment process, concern all dimensions of this process or does it need to be re-contextualized?
In order to shed new light on these questions, the quality of impact study reports will be analyzed through the prism of environmental knowledge; the scientific knowledge mobilized during the process will be studied and its methods of application will be questioned with regard to the objectives pursued in the context of land use planning. Finally, since this process only has meaning through the actors who carry it out and give it rhythm, the interactions between the actors of the environmental assessment will also be analyzed and characterized.
After having carried out, during the first year, a rich state of the art on the quality of environmental assessments, and constituted a methodology and tools allowing the analysis of the quality of impact studies, we will apply these tools, during this second year, by relying on the numerous partnerships set up with environmental assessment actors; and we will also be interested in the inter-actor relations.