Romy Chevallier is Senior Researcher and Project leader for Governance of Africa’s Resources at the South African Institute of International Affairs. During her time at SAIIA, Chevallier worked on numerous thematic and geographical policy issues related to South Africa and Africa’s strategic engagement with the world. She has investigated the role of emerging powers in a changing geopolitical landscape – especially in the light of their participation in curbing global challenges such as climate change.
Over the past five years, Chevallier has worked in the field of governance related to natural resources, looking at valuing ecosystem services for poverty reduction, protecting conservation areas for community benefits, and managing climate change impacts for improved resilience.
Chevallier participates in SAIIA’s youth outreach programmes, especially in environmental education. She also attends the annual UN climate negotiations and other international conservation dialogues. Her research work has been published extensively in and outside of South Africa.
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.