I am Associate Professor at Montpellier Business School, director of the research center IMPACTS (Inclusive Management, Prosperity And Collective Transformation for Sustainability), and Co-Chairholder on Communication and organizing for sustainability transformations (COAST). I research how we can organize for and make sense of the grand challenges of our time, such as climate change, inequality, and health, to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. I specifically study the power of language and meaning in transforming our societies, on one hand, and I point to issues of decoupling between talk and actions, on the other hand. This is why, as a scholar studying the sustainable development goals, I co-founded OS4future, to encourage other academics to lead by example on the climate crisis and transform our behavior and functioning. My profile was presented in the French newspaper LaCroix at the occasion of the first French national debates on the sustainable development goals organized by Open Diplomacy in September 2020. Find out more about the mission of the COAST chair during this launch event on the theme: “Towards a societal revolution? The role of communication and education in sustainability transformation” (in French).
My thesis on “The Roles of Discourse, Legitimacy and Power in Enabling and Hindering Institutional Change towards Sustainability” was granted the Innovation, Science, Technology and Society (IS²IT) Scholarship, awarded to outstanding PhD candidates by the Institute for Research on Innovation and Society (IFRIS) of the Paris regional government. I received the Society for Business Ethics emerging scholar founder’s award in 2015.
I received my PhD in Business Administration from ESSEC Business School, Cergy, France, after studies in Germany, Spain, USA, and Canada.
Before my academic career I worked in media and advertising, strategic marketing, sustainable product innovation, and consulting. These experiences fuel my research expertise on strategic communication and sustainability.