Blandine Ripert assumed the position as the new Directress of IFP in the month of September 2020. Coming from the Center for South Asian Studies (CNRS-EHESS in Paris), Dr. Ripert is an ethno-geographer and her research focuses on contemporary dynamics in Nepal and India, which she addresses from a spatial, social, cultural, political and religious point of view. At IFP, she is keen towards working on the enhancement of rich collections (photo library, manuscripts, books, herbarium, pollens, archives, maps, socio-economic data and geo-referenced data), ensuring their conservation and making them more accessible.
Julien Andrieu joined as the new head of the GeoSMIT Department in November 2020. He was an assistant professor (Maître de conference – HDR) in geography at Université Côte d’Azur in Nice (south-east) and belongs to the research unit UMR ESPACE (CNRS). His teaching and research concern the geography of terrestrial and coastal vegetation with a focus on spatial analysis methodology (remote sensing, GIS, spatial modelling).
Rémi DE BERCEGOL, CNRS research fellow affiliated in France to PRODIG (UMR 8586, Paris) and specialized in urban planning and urban services joined IFP as researcher at the Department of Social Sciences.
Bharat Sundararajan joined the IFP as an archivist in October 2020, and his arrival marks a new stage in the preservation and promotion of the IFP collections.
Abhi Sanghani joined the Department of Social Sciences as an research assistant. He will be working on the Mandou project.
Nuvenprabha joined IFP as a researcher on 15th October 2020 at the Department of Ecology. She is working on SEDRIC (Social-Ecological Dynamics in Rapid Economic Development: Infrastructure and coastal Change in South-eastern Sri Lanka) project.
Sewwandhi joined IFP as a researcher on 15th October 2020 at the Department of Ecology. She is working on SEDRIC (Social-Ecological Dynamics in Rapid Economic Development: Infrastructure and coastal Change in South-eastern Sri Lanka) project.