Human-Animal Interactions


Postdoc – Université de Montpellier

AlixCosquer HAIR

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  • environmental psychology, social geography, human and social sciences ;
  • human relations with nature, children relations with nature ;
  • biodiversity conservation, education, human health ;
  • participatory research action ;
  • urban environments, marine and coastal areas, protected areas.



About me

Based on environmental psychology and social geography, my research focuses on the study of human relationship with nature, in relation to contemporary environmental and social issues.

My work seeks to understand the representations, practices and processes of organization and transformation of human relationships with other living beings, across a diversity of contexts and actors.

My research approach revolves around three complementary axes and issues associated with the theme of nature: biodiversity conservation, education and health.

A particular interest is given to interdisciplinary dialogue between the human and social sciences and the natural sciences, and to the development of research-action projects co-constructed with social actors.


Collaborators and supervisors :

  • ACACIA (Anne Charmentier, Aurélie Zwang)
  • OtterConnect / Medlez (Olivier Gimenez)


Project outline

Adapting to Cities And Climate change In interAction (ACACIA): Engaging students in a collaborative project on tit birds (2023-2025)

The aim of this project (CEFE-LIRDEF) is to study the adaptation of tits to climate change in urban environment. One part aims to develop education about living beings in schools, through the construction, implementation and collaborative analysis of a device centered on the tits' point of view, i.e. its life conditions and experiences. The main hypothesis is that a science education that includes this point of view would be able to establish a relationship of (re)connection with living beings, i.e. cognitive, affective and behavioral dispositions of affinity with living beings. The research mobilizes actors from research (ecology, psychology, educational sciences), education (teachers, students, national education) and local authorities.



  • 2023-2025 : Postdoc (LIRDEF/CEFE), Université de Montpellier, Montpellier, France ;
    Adapting to Cities And Climate change In interAction (ACACIA): Engaging students in a collaborative project on tit birds
  • 2022-2023: Contract researcher (CEFE), Montpellier, France ; I
    mplementation and analysis of biodiversity-related educational devices (in urban school context)
  • 2022-2023: Contract researcher (CEFE), Montpellier, France ;
    Implementation and analysis of biodiversity-related educational devices (in protected areas)
  • 2018 – 2022 : Postdoc (CEFE), CNRS, Montpellier, France ;
    Raising awareness of the environment through relations with nature in a school context (SIRENE project)
  • 2015-2018 : Postdoc (LETG/UBO), Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (IUEM), Brest, France ;
    Outdoor sports and protected natural areas (SNAP project)
  • 2009-2012 : PhD (CESCO / LADYSS), Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, France ;
    Attention to biodiversity in individuals’ daily lives