DR. Magali bonne-Moreau


Phone: +41 26 300 92 52 | Fax: +41 26 300 97 46

E-mail: magali.bonne-moreau(at)unifr.ch

Office: 327.1

Function: Senior Lecturer 

Personal Info

Academic Qualifications

  • 2012 PhD in Geography. Department of Geography, University College London (UCL), United Kingdom.
  • 2003 DESS Systèmes d'Information Géographique et Gestion de l'Espace. Université Jean Monnet et Ecole d'ingénieurs de Saint Etienne, France.
  • 2001 MSc Environmental Resource Assessment. University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • 2000 BA Political Science and African Studies, minor in Environment. McGill University, Canada.

Professional Experience

  • 2011-2013 - Various positions conducting applied research, policy-related work and operations management for the International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 2005-2012 - Postgraduate Researcher and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Geography, UCL, UK.
  • 2007-08 - Researcher for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) - Kasulu Field Office, Tanzania.
  • 2006-07 - GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist for the African Conservation Foundation, through UNOV.
  • 2005 - Associate Consultant on the Joint Wetlands Livelihood Project in Nigeria, for ITAD, United Kingdom.
  • 2003-04 - Consultant in Urban and retail planning for Pottoka Consultancy, France.
  • 2003 - Research Intern at the Office du Niger, Mali, for the Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD).
  • 2002 - Junior Environmental Officer for the Bureau National d'Etudes Techniques et de Developpement, Côte d'Ivoire.
  • 2001 - Junior Researcher for the Centre for Land Use and Water Resources Research, UK and Vietnam.


Professional affiliations

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) – Fellow

Association of American Geographers - Member

Royal African Society and African Studies Association of the UK - Member

African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE) – Member

Swiss Evaluation Society - Member



Master Level

GG.0471 New Approaches in Human Geography
GG.0477 Political Ecology

Bachelor Level

GG.0160 Méthodes d'analyse quantitative 1 (SP 2014, SP 2015)


My  main  research  interests  focus  on  the  intersection  between  society,  power,  and  natural  resource management in rural areas of the developing world, using mixed-methods approaches.
This includes applied research related to core areas of political ecology: power, resilience and coping strategies in protracted refugee situations; the  politics  of  sustainable  livelihoods;  and  the  role  of  history  and  discourse  in  shaping  social dynamics and environmental governance in conflict and borderland areas.


Academic Publications:

Bonne-Moreau, M. (2013) Power, livelihoods and innovation:  looking at refugee-host relationships in Northwestern Tanzania.  Paper submitted  to the African Geographical Review special issue: “Out of Place, Into Extremis: Critical Geographic Perspectives on the State of Forced Migration in Africa” - Under review

Bonne-Moreau, M. (2012). "Cutting the heart of Tanzania”? Refugee policies, livelihoods and natural resources in Kasulu district, Tanzania: a political ecology of Mtabila Camp. PhD thesis, University College London, UK.

Bonne-Moreau, M. (2009). The Humanitarian Hangover: Displacement, aid and transformation in western Tanzania, by Loren B. Landau. African Affairs, 108 (433):702-703
Selected presentations:

Bonne-Moreau,  M.  (2011).  Environmental  discourses  and  refugee  policy:  a  Tanzanian  case  study.  Abstract accepted for the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies Annual Conference, CARFMS 2011: Human Rights Challenges, Montreal, Canada.

Bonne-Moreau, M. (2010). Environmental discourses and mobility control in borderland spaces: a case study of Mtabila refugee camp, Kasulu District, Tanzania. Paper presented at the African Borderlands Research Network Summer School, Thurnau, Germany, 26th – 30th July, 2010.

Bonne-Moreau,  M.  (2010).  Land-cover  and  land-use  change  in  the  refugee-hosting  areas  of  Kasulu  District, Tanzania. Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Washington DC, USA, 14th – 18th April, 2010.

Bonne-Moreau,  M.  (2009).  Land-cover  and  land-use  change  in  the  refugee-hosting  areas  of  Kasulu  District,
Tanzania.  Paper  accepted  for  the  12th  conference  of  the  International  Association  for  the  Study  of  Forced Migration (IASFM), University of Nicosia, Cyprus, 28th June – 2nd July 2009.
Technical publications:

Evaluation  Unit  (2012).  ILO  Policy  Guidelines  for  results-based  evaluation:  principles,  rationale,  planning  and managing for evaluations. International Labour Office, Geneva

Bonne-Moreau.  M  (2012).  A  Review  of  the  ILO  Intervention  Model  Document  Series.  Internal  Governance Document, International Labour Office, Geneva.


Unit of Geography - Chemin du Musée 4 - 1700 Fribourg - Tel +41 26 / 300 90 10 - Fax +41 26 / 300 9746
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