Professor Michel Pimbert
Professor Michel Pimbert previously worked at the UK-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India, the University François Rabelais de Tours in France, and the World Wide Fund for Nature in Switzerland. He has also done research for the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), The World Conservation Union (IUCN). Professor Pimbert has been a Board member of several international organisations working on food sovereignty, sustainable agriculture, environment, and human rights. He has worked in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and West Africa.
His research interests include: enabling policies and practices for agroecology and food sovereignty; the governance and adaptive management of biodiversity and natural resources; participatory action research methodologies; and deliberative democratic processes. Over the last 30 years he has published extensively in these areas, linking theory and practice to inform policy making on food, agriculture, environment, and human well being. He was recently nominated as member of the High Level Panel of Experts of the Committee on World Food Security of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
- Pimbert, M.P. (2011) Towards Food Sovereignty. Reclaiming Autonomous Food Systems. London and Munich: IIED Reclaiming Diversity and Citizenship Series.
- Jones, A., Pimbert, M.P., and Jiggins, J. (2011) Virtuous Circles: Values, Systems, Sustainability. London: IIED and IUCN CEESP.
- Pimbert, M.P., Barry, B., Berson, A., and Tran-Thanh, K. (2010) Democratising agricultural research for food sovereignty in West Africa. IIED.
- The DDS Community Media Trust, Satheesh, P.V., and Pimbert, M.P. (2008) Affirming Life and Diversity. Rural images and voices on food sovereignty in south India. IIED.
- Borrini-Feyerabend, G., Pimbert, M.P., Farvar, T., Kothari, A., and Renard, Y. (2007) Sharing Power: A global guide to collaborative management of natural resources. 2nd Revised edition. London: Earthscan and IIED
- Pimbert, M.P., and Wakeford, T. (2004) 'Prajateerpu, power and knowledge: The politics of participatory action research in development. Part 2: Analysis, reflections and implications'. Action Research 2 (1), 23-44.
- Pimbert, M.P., and Wakeford, T. (2003) 'Prajateerpu, power and knowledge: The politics of participatory action research in development: Part 1: Context, process and safeguards'. Action Research 1 (2), 185-207.
- Ghimire, K.B., and Pimbert, M.P. (eds.) (1997) Social Change and Conservation. Environmental politics and impacts of national parks and protected areas. UNRISD and Earthscan Publishers
- Pimbert, M.P. (1997) 'Issues emerging in implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity'. Journal of International Development 9 (3), 415-426.
- Pimbert, M.P., and Pretty, J.N. (1995) Parks, People and Professionals. Putting "participation" into protected area management. UNRISD-IIED-WWF, Geneva. Discussion Paper No. 57.
- Democratising Food and Agricultural Research: Methodological and institutional innovations that put farmers and citizens at the heart of the governance of food and agricultural research.
- Sustaining local food systems, agricultural biodiversity and livelihoods: Co-inquiry with farmers on the enabling conditions needed to sustain local food systems, biodiversity and livelihoods in a context of rapid change
- Institutionalising participation and people-centered processes in natural resource management: How, - and under what conditions -, can participation and people-centered processes be institutionalised in the management of natural resources?
- Sharing Power: A critical global analysis of shared governance and management of biodiversity-rich food providing environments (forests, wetlands, watersheds, protected areas etc.)
- Social Change and Conservation: Analysis of the impacts of national parks and protected areas on local communities, and policy recommendations on how to reconcile conservation with sustainable livelihoods and human rights.
- The control of seeds and knowledge – the role of the Life Industry: Policy research on the social and environmental impacts of bio-prospecting, patents, and corporate concentration in the life industry (seed and pharmaceutical companies).
- Managing insect pests of grain legumes in South Asia and East Africa: Ecological management of insect pests of chickpea and pigeonpea; and participatory research with small scale farmers.Link: www.icrisat.org