University professor at Sorbonne University since 2007

Head of the professional part of the Master in globalization, spatial dynamics and sustainable development in southern countries.

Institute of Geography, 191 rue Saint Jacques, 75005 Paris


Writer, former president of the NGO Action Against Hunger. She regularly speaks as a commentator in the program 28 minutes (Arte TV) and for the Sud-Ouest newspaper in numerous public conferences:


Academic career

- Specialist in geography (1983) and HDR in geography (2001)
- Doctorate in economics (1990), thesis "Hunger in the world, for a new approach", under the supervision of Marc Penouil, University of Bordeaux-I
- Master in public law (1982) and graduate from the Training Centre for Journalists (CFJ, class of 1981)
- From 1984 to 1989, head of research at Doctors Without Borders
- From 1988 to 2007, lecturer at the Paris Institute of Political Studies -
- From 1989 to 2002, held various positions (including managing director, strategic advisor and president) at Action Against Hunger

- From 2002 to 2007, university professor in geography at Paul Valery University in Montpelier, and since 2007 at Paris IV-Sorbonne University, which later became Sorbonne-University in 2018


Keywords: Sustainable development, global food security, famines, agriculture, international cooperation, humanitarian, Africa, tourism

Sylvie Brunel worked for NGOs for seventeen years. Specialist in development, then in sustainable development, she shows how this concept is used in international cooperation and in the strategies of actors, States, companies, humanitarian and environmental NGOs. She works mainly on famines, which was the subject of her doctorate in economics and her professorial thesis, conducting research in geography, primarily on the topic of world food security. She is also a novelist and has published several geographic novels and obtained the 2009 Pégase Prize (Cadre Noir of Saumur, IFCE) for Cavalcades et dérobades (Lattès, 2008).


Various distinctions

Academy of Moral and Political Sciences: Jean Sainteny Prize for the entire body of work in 2013, Edouard Bonnefous Prize for the whole body of work in 2016

Founding member of the Permanent Observer of French Cooperation (OPCF) and of the Coordination for Tomorrow's Africa (CADE),

Former member of the High Council for International Cooperation (HCCI), reporting to the Prime Minister.

Member of the 'group of high-level personalities on the development of Africa' formed by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Boutros Ghali (resolution 46/151 of the General Assembly of the United Nations).

Associate member of the Royal academy of Belgium

Knight of the Legion of Honour.


Professor at the Sorbonne University
Participation in the sessions of the Forum