Jon Marco Church is Associate Professor of Sustainability and Governance at the University of Reims since 2012. His research focuses on the governance of socio-ecological systems, such as mountain ranges, river basins and regional seas. He is also Senior Lecturer at the Euro-American Campus of Sciences Po in Reims, where he teaches classes of International Environmental Politics and of Sustainability Science.
He is the author of Ecoregionalism: Analyzing Regional Environmental Agreements and Processes, published by Routledge. Together with several colleagues, he is currently leading the development of a Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research (LTSER) platform in the Argonne with the French Council for Scientific Research (CNRS). He coordinates the GOSES Summer School on the governance of socio-ecological systems in collaboration with the Dutch network SENSE. From 2009 to 2010, he was a Ruffolo Fellow in Sustainability Science at the Harvard Kennedy School and, since 2011, he has been serving as expert for the UN, the EU and other development partners on regional economic cooperation in Central Asia and national and global water governance. In particular, he acts as main consultant for the Dushanbe Water Process, coordinator of the group of experts for the drafting of Tajikistan’s National Water Strategy 2030 and of the Zarafshon River Basin Plan.
Before that, he collaborated with the Italian Ministry of the Environment and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in the field of the international governance of mountain ranges. He obtained his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Sorbonne in Paris with a thesis on the Alpine Convention, a regional environmental agreement. He expects to receive the habitation to supervise research (HDR) by June 2020.