Joëlle Smadja

Joëlle Smadja is a Geographer and a Senior Researcher (DR1) at CNRS. She carries out research in Nepal and North-East India. Her work focuses on land use and natural resource management, on populations’ conceptions and representations of milieus, on the production of landscapes over time, on territorial restructurings, on environmental policies and explanatory narratives, from which the former originate, as well as on environmental conflicts. Her research takes into account physical data from milieus in their close interrelation with the societies occupying them and is related to environmental science, especially regarding issues concerning deforestation, the climate and erosion. This research is often carried out within interdisciplinary programmes.

https://himalaya.cnrs.fr/spip3/spip.php?article199&lang=fr&start=0

Selected Publications

Edited Books

  • 2013. Smadja, J. Territorial Changes and Territorial Restructurings in the Himalayas. Delhi, Adroit Publishers.
  • 2009. Smadja, J. (ed.). Reading Himalayan Landscapes over Time. Environmental Perception, Knowledge and Practice in Nepal and Ladakh. Pondicherry, IFP, Collection Sciences Sociales n°14 [Transl. & adaptation of J. Smadja (ed.), Histoire et devenir des paysages en Himalaya. Représentation des milieux et gestion des ressources au Népal et au Ladakh, 2003].

Chapters

  • 2014. Smadja, J. « Les coûts d’une politique de protection de la nature ignorant les populations… en milieu densément peuplé. Le Parc national de Kaziranga en Assam (Inde du nord-est) », in L. Laslaz, C. Gauchon, M. Duval & S. Héritier (eds), Les espaces protégés. Entre conflits et acceptation. Belin: 366-382.
  • 2013. Smadja, J. « Introduction. Legacies and Curent Trends: Characteristics of Territory-Making in the Himalayan Region », in J. Smadja (ed.) Territorial changes and territorial restructurings in the Himalayas. Delhi, Adroit Publishers: 13-30.
  • 2013. Smadja, J. « How Environmental Policies Reshape the Himalayan Area. New Environmental Territories, New Environmental Borders; the Example of Kaziranga National Park (Assam) », in J. Smadja (ed.), Territorial changes and territorial restructurings in the Himalayas. Delhi, Adroit Publishers: 223-245.
  • 2011. Smadja, J. « Belonging, Protected Areas and Participatory Management. The Case of Kaziranga National Park (Assam) and of the Misings’ Shifting Territory », in J. Pfaff-Czarnecka & G. Toffin (eds), The Politics of Belonging in the Himalayas. Local attachments and boundary dynamics.Delhi, Sage: 246-271.
  • 2009. Smadja, J. « Introduction », in J. Smadja (ed.), Reading Himalayan Landscapes over Time. Environmental perception, Knowledge and Practice in Nepal and Ladakh.  Pondicherry, IFP, Collection Sciences Sociales n°14: 1-28.
  • 2009. Smadja, J. « Snippets of Knowledge Stolen from an Impenetrable Country », in J. Smadja (ed.), Reading Himalayan Landscapes over Time. Environmental perception, Knowledge and Practice in Nepal and Ladakh.  Pondicherry, IFP, Collection Sciences Sociales n°14: 29-40.
  • 2009. Smadja, J. « Geographic Units and Landscapes in Nepal. Local Terminologies », in J. Smadja (ed.), Reading Himalayan Landscapes over Time. Environmental perception, Knowledge and Practice in Nepal and Ladakh.  Pondicherry, IFP, Collection Sciences Sociales n°14: 43-84.
  • 2009. Smadja, J. « A Reading of the Salme Tamangs’ Territory and Landscape », in J. Smadja (ed.), Reading Himalayan Landscapes over Time. Environmental perception, Knowledge and Practice in Nepal and Ladakh.  Pondicherry, IFP, Collection Sciences Sociales n°14: 199-239 & 563-589.
  • 2009. Smadja, J., T. Bruslé & M. Fort. « A Bocage Landscape, Masyam and the Hamlet of Kolang », in J. Smadja (ed.), Reading Himalayan Landscapes over Time. Environmental perception, Knowledge and Practice in Nepal and Ladakh.  Pondicherry, IFP, Collection Sciences Sociales n°14: 509-551 & 602-605.
  • 2009. Smadja, J. »Conclusion », in J. Smadja (ed.), Reading Himalayan Landscapes over Time. Environmental perception, Knowledge and Practice in Nepal and Ladakh.  Pondicherry, IFP, Collection Sciences Sociales n°14 553-559.
  • 2006. Smadja, J. « Mesures gouvernementales et villageoises face à une situation dite de crise environnementale au Népal », in C. Beck, Y. Luginbühl & T. Muxart (eds), Temps et espaces des crises de l’environnement. Éditions Quae, collection INdiSciplineS: 319-332.
  • 2006. Smadja, J., P. Allard & M. Roué. « Rôle du politique, de l’Etat et des groupes sociaux dans les discours sur la crise environnementale », in C. Beck, Y. Luginbühl & T. Muxart (eds), Temps et espaces des crises de l’environnement. Éditions Quae, collection INdiSciplineS: 301-312.
  • 2003. Smadja, J., & M. Lecomte-Tilouine. « Au cœur de l’ancien Empire Malla, Népal occidental, un monde bouleversé par les mesures de protection des milieux », in T. Muxart, F.-D. Vivien, B. Villalba & J. Burnouf (eds), Des milieux et des hommes : fragments d’histoires croisées.   Editions Elsevier: 161-172.
  • 2000. Smadja, J. « Landscape Diversity and Water Availability », in P. Ramirez (ed.), Resunga, The Mountain of the Horned Sage, Two Districts in Central Nepal. Kathmandu, Himal Books: 1-50.
  • 2000. Smadja, J. « Natural Resources, Uses and Landscapes », in P. Ramirez (ed.), Resunga, The Mountain of the Horned Sage, Two Districts in Central Nepal. Kathmandu, Himal Books: 198-221.

Articles

  • 2019. Abadia, C., O. Aubriot, J. Smadja, M. Vaillant, & M. Oswald. « Growth of market gardening for local sales in the Mount Everest tourist region of Pharak, Nepal », Journal of Alpine Research | Revue de géographie alpine [online], 107–3. http://journals.openedition.org/rga/6402 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/rga.6402
  • 2019. Fort, M., J. Smadja, N.R. Khanal, & B.R. Shrestha. « Landslides and other damage to buildings and infrastructures following the April–May 2015 earthquake sequence, Solukhumbu District, Eastern Nepal », Journal of Nepal Geological Society, 2019, vol. 59: 95–106. https://doi.org/10.3126/jngs.v59i0.24995
  • 2019. Aubriot, O., M. Faulon, I. Sacareau, O. Puschiasis, E. Jacquemet, J. Smadja, V. André-Lamat, C. Abadia, & A. Muller. « Reconfiguration of the Water–Energy–Food Nexus in the Everest Tourist Region of Solu-Khumbu, Nepal », Mountain Research and Development 39(1), (18 June 2019). https://doi.org/10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-17-00080.1
  • 2018. Smadja, J. »A Chronicle of Law Implementation in Environmental Conflicts : The Case of Kaziranga National Park in Assam, North-East India », in D. Berti & G. Tarabout (eds), Through the Lens of the Law : Power and Society in India, SAMAJ (South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal [online]), 17. https://journals.openedition.org/samaj/4422
  • 2015. Smadja, J., O. Aubriot, O. Puschiasis, T. Duplan, J. Grimaldi, M. Hugonnet, & P. Buchheit. « Climate change and water ressources in the Himalayas. Field study in four geographic units of the Koshi basin, Nepal”, Journal of Alpine Research, No. 103–2/2015, http://rga.revues.org/2910
  • 1995. Smadja, J. « Sur une dégradation annoncée des milieux népalais : initiatives villageoises pour remplacer les ressources forestière », Nature, Sciences et Sociétés, n°3, vol. 3: 190-204.