Research Fellow

  bertrand.lefebvre AT ifpindia DOT org


Bertrand Lefebvre holds a PhD in geography (University of Rouen, 2011). From 2004 to 2009 he was affiliated to CSH-Delhi (UMIFRE 20, MEAE-CNRS) as a doctoral fellow. From 2012 to 2015 he was a post-doctoral fellow with the University of Rouen (IDEES UMR 6266 CNRS) while being posted with the Faculty of Tropical Medicine (Mahidol University, Thailand) to conduct fieldwork on dengue epidemics in Bangkok. Since 2016, he has been an Associate professor of Global Health at EHESP School of Public Health (France) and a research associate with ARENES-EHESP (UMR 6051 CNRS, Rennes) and with CEIAS-EHESS (UMR8564 CNRS, Paris). His teaching cover geomatics, health geography, health impact assessment, health policy analysis and global health. He has been actively involved in the creation and the coordination of the first master of environmental public health in Tunisia (University of Sfax) and the coordination of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences track of the Europubhealth+ Master (Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree). He has been a visiting professor at the University of Maastricht (the Netherlands, 2019-2021). He has also been involved in several expert committees for France’s Ministry of Health and other national and regional agencies on issues such as health data management, healthy urban planning or vector control operations.


Over the past 15 years, his research has mostly focused on inequalities of access to health services (hospital care) and on inequalities of exposure to environmental hazards (dengue, air pollution) in the context of large metropolitan areas in Asia (Delhi, Bangkok). Through mixed methods and cross-disciplinary research, his work looks at the role public and private stakeholders can play in fostering better health and cleaner environment for all in large cities of the Global South. After contributing to several interdisciplinary and international projects on dengue (ANR project AEDESS, EU-FP7 project DENFREE), he is now looking at the governance of air pollution in large African and Asian cities. He is joining IFP's Department of Social Sciences for the coming four years as a research fellow. He will conduct fieldwork on the governance of air pollution in Delhi, Hyderabad and Poona (ANR funded project GLOBALSMOG, 2022-2025). He will pursue his investigations on the expansion of universal health insurance programs in Andhra Pradesh (SANAHIC project) and develop a new research project on the resilience of Indian cities to the COVID-19 crisis.

Other Publications

Cu, Anthony, Meister, Sofia, Lefebvre, Bertrand, Ridde, Valéry, Assessing healthcare access using the Levesque’s conceptual framework–a scoping review, International journal for equity in health, 2021, 20 (1), 1-14,

Mir Álvarez, Celia, Hourcade, Renaud, Lefebvre, Bertrand, Pilot, Eva, A Scoping Review on Air Quality Monitoring, Policy and Health in West African Cities, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2020, 17 (23), 9151,

Jullien, Clémence, Lefebvre, Bertrand, Provost, Fabien, Hospitals in South Asia. Health Policies, Care Practices in Jullien C., Lefebvre B. Provost F. (Eds), L'hôpital en Asie du Sud. Politiques de santé, pratiques de soin. Editions de l'EHESS, Puruṣārtha, Vol. 36, 2019, pp.11-28

Lefebvre, Bertrand, L'accréditation hospitalière et la qualité des soins en Inde. Entre logiques commerciales et objectifs de santé publique, in Jullien C., Lefebvre B. Provost F. (Eds), L'hôpital en Asie du Sud. Politiques de santé, pratiques de soin. Editions de l'EHESS, Puruṣārtha, Vol. 36, 2019, pp.31-56.