Michel Pimbert

Membership:  2012/2013

Member Bio

Michel Pimbert does research on food sovereignty and agroecology, the political ecology of natural resource and biodiversity management, as well as citizenship and deliberative democracy. He received his Doctorate in agricultural ecology at the University François Rabelais de Tours (France) and 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 World Wide Fund for Nature in Switzerland, and the University François Rabelais de Tours in France. He is currently an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Agroecology and Food Security at the University of Coventry (UK).
While at the Rachel Carson Center, he is writing two books that draw on case studies that he has developed with local partners and IIED over the last 13 years. The first is a multimedia e-book Towards Food Sovereignty: Reclaiming autonomous food systems (Environmental Ethics, Politics, and Movements), and the second is provisionally titled Transforming Environmental Knowledge for Diversity and Democracy (Environmental Knowledge and Knowledge Societies).
As of February 2013, Michel Pimbert is Professor and Director of Centre for Agroecology and Food Security (CAFS) at Coventry University in the UK. The CAFS builds on the combined experience and strengths of university research departments and the voluntary sector to promote ecologically sustainable and equitable food systems in the UK and internationally.


  • Social Change and Conservation. Environmental Politics and Impacts of National Parks and Protected Areas. UNRISD and Earthscan Publishers, 1997. Edited with K.B. Ghimire.
  • "Prajateerpu, Power and Knowledge: The politics of participatory action research in development: Part 1: Context, process and safeguards." Action Research 1, no. 2 (2003): 185–207. With T. Wakeford
  • "Prajateerpu, Power and Knowledge: The politics of participatory action research in development. Part 2: Analysis, reflections and implications." Action Research 2, no. 1 (2004): 23–44. With T. Wakeford.
  • “Transforming Knowledge and Ways of Knowing for Food Sovereignty and Bio-Cultural Diversity.” In Endogenous Development and Biocultural Diversity, edited by B. Haverkort and S. Rist, 82–100. Leusden: Compas/CDE, 2007.
  • Democratising Agricultural Research for Food Sovereignty in West Africa. IIED, 2010. Online multimedia e-book: http://pubs.iied.org/14603IIED.html?s=RDC. With B. Barry, A. Berson, and K. Tran-Thanh.
  • Virtuous Circles: Values, Systems, Sustainability. London: IIED and IUCN CEESP, 2012. With A. Jones and J. Jiggins.