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Perrotton’s research focuses on the operationalisation of resilience thinking, through the implementation of the Wayfinder guide for resilience, as part of the GRAID programme and the ANR-funded Future Sahel project.
Since July 2017, Perrotton has been piloting a collective effort involving French and Senegalese researchers, governance actors and citizens to re-think natural resource management and development in the district of Ranérou (Senegal). This Wayfinder process relies on a three tiered structure: a local coalition, a national coalition, and a local multi-stakeholder working group made of representatives of each type of actors (e.g. herders, women associations, Arabic gum producers, extention services). Key tasks involved building complex and resilience thinking, eliciting socioecological dynamics, defining local aspirations and dilemmas, and ultimately producing a set of innovative strategies to achieve a fair, sustainable and more resilient way to manage and develop this shared territory. This was done through intensive fieldwork with over 15 workshops, both in Dakar and in Ranérou. A particular emphasis was put on creating trust and legitimacy of the process thanks to a permanent dialogue with local actors and governance actors. Since February 2019, Perrotton joined GRAID to pursue the Wayfinder process in Senegal, and conduct a thourough evaluation of this pilot study.
Perrotton has a fundamentally interdisciplinary academic background, with a first Master's degree in agronomy and development (University of Montpellier, CIRAD), and a second Master's degree in ethno-ecology and food anthropology (National Museum of Natural History, Paris). He then completed his PhD at the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD, Montpellier), in collaboration with the Centre for Applied Social Sciences (UZ, Zimbabwe). His doctoral thesis used companion modelling (ComMod) to study coexistence issues between farmers and protected area managers, and provide multi-stakeholder arenas, within which local actors could meet, interact, share, negotiate and implement alternative management strategies. He subsequently worked as a postdoctoral researcher at CNRS (UMI 3189) within the Future Sahel Project.