Gaëlle Ronsin (associate member)

Gaëlle is a socio-anthropologist, postdoctoral fellow in the research and training center “Environment and society” (École normale supérieure of Paris; Centre Alexandre Koyré), and associate professor at the University of Quebec at Rimouski (Canada). She works on territorial processes to conserve biodiversity. Her research focuses on ways to compose relations between sciences and nature, especially inside protected areas (mountains or coasts). She has been developing in the past three years fieldworks about the manner to conserve or exploit seals, marine animals which navigate between different representations and categories. She is conducted observations and fieldwork about a legal case in Bretagne (France) which concerned a decapitation of seals by fishermen (with J. Michalon, in association with RULNAT). This case questions how different registers of animal protection converge (or not) in a trial and the status given to animals in legal areas where different interests and expertise coexist.

Selected Publications

Articles & Chapters

Ronsin G. (2021), « Protéger des espaces naturels : constat d’une efficience limitée et propositions pour changer de paradigme », Natures Sciences Sociétés, 29(2)

Ronsin G., N. Lewis, G. Brisson (2021). « Tuer en trois étapes : trajectoire de normalisation de la chasse aux phoques canadienne face à la cause animale et aux adaptations locales », Géographie et culture, 115 (1).

Ronsin G., N. Lewis, G. Brisson (2020). « De la mer à la viande. Requalification de la chair de phoque au Québec depuis 2000. », Techniques & Culture [En ligne], Varia. URL:


Ronsin G. (in press). Un millefeuille scientifique pour protéger la nature : sociologie des conseils scientifiques, Peter Lang.