Brendan Coolsaet is an Assistant Professor in environment and development at Lille Catholic University (France) and a Senior Research Associate at the University of East Anglia (UK). He holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) on environmental justice and biodiversity conservation.

His work takes place at the intersection of environmental justice, governance and biodiversity conservation understood in its broadest sense (including biological conservation, ecosystem services management, agrobiodiversity conservation, land-use change, global biodiversity governance, and access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources), and has a strong interdisciplinary focus.


Selected publications

  • Zafra-Calvo N, Pascual U, Brockington D, Coolsaet B, Cortes-Vazquez J.A, Gross-Camp N, Palomo I, Burgess N (2017) Towards an Indicator System to Assess Equitable Conservation in Protected Areas. Biological Conservation 211, Part A: 134–141.
  • Coolsaet B (2016) Towards an agroecology of knowledges: Recognition, cognitive justice and farmers’ autonomy in France. Journal of Rural Studies 47: 165–171
  • Martin A, Coolsaet B, Corbera E, Dawson N, Fraser J, Lehmann I and Rodriguez I (2016) Justice and Conservation: the need to incorporate recognition. Biological Conservation 197: 254-261.
  • Coolsaet, B., and John Pitseys. 2015. Fair and Equitable Negotiations? African Influence and the International Access and Benefit-Sharing Regime. Global Environmental Politics 15(2): 38-56.
  • Coolsaet, B., Fulya Batur, Arianna Broggiato, John Pitseys and Tom Dedeurwaerdere, eds. 2015. Implementing the Nagoya Protocol: Comparing Access and Benefit-sharing Regimes in Europe. Leiden (The Netherlands): Brill/Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.


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