Gaëlle Ronsin (associate member)

Gaëlle is a socio-anthropologist, postdoctoral fellow at the research and training center “Environment and society” (École normale supérieure of Paris; Centre Alexandre Koyré), and associate professor at the University of Quebec in 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). Over the past three years, she has been developing fieldwork about the way of preserving or exploiting seals, marine animals which navigate between different representations and categories. She has conducted observations and fieldwork about a legal case in Brittany (France) which concerned the decapitation of seals by fishermen (with J. Michalon, associate member of the RULNAT project). This case questions both how different registers of animal protection converge (or not) in a trial and the status granted 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.