Romy Chevallier

Senior researcher, Governance of Africa’s Resources, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

Ms Chevallier holds a BA Honours in Political Science from the University of Stellenbosch and a Master’s degree in International Relations (cum laude) from the University of Witwatersrand.

During her time at SAIIA she has worked on numerous thematic and geographical issues related to South Africa and Africa’s strategic engagement with the world. She has investigated the role of emerging powers in a changing geo-political landscape – especially in the light of their participation in curbing global challenges. She has worked on the politics of climate change, looking specifically at the negotiating positions of South Africa and the region.  She also has done work on developing country alliances (such as IBSA) and cooperation on climate related issues. Over the past two years Ms Chevallier has moved into the field of valuing ecosystem services, and she has done numerous case studies on timber trade in the Great lakes, and the management of coastal ecosystems in Mozambique and more broader.

Ms Chevallier has travelled extensively and published many of her findings in opinion pieces, chapters of books, peer reviewed publications and journals, in and outside of South Africa. Ms Chevallier also provides policy recommendations to relevant stakeholders in these fields. She also participates in SAIIA’s youth outreach programmes, especially around environmental education.

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