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Clément Feger

AgroParisTech (centre de Montpellier) - Département SESG - UFR Gestion de l'Environnement 


Laboratoire: Montpellier Recherche en Management (MRM) - Université de Montpellier 




Research in accounting and business models for the management of ecosystems 


My research interests are at the crossroads of three crucial innovation fronts for renewing the collective governance of the planet’s ecosystems: (1) the design and use of new ecosystem and natural capital assessment tools by conservation scientists and practitioners; (2) the design and development of new ecological accounting frameworks and models at the level of ecosystems; (3) the contribution of the private sector to natural capital protection and maintenance.

To relate these three domains of innovation to one another, I have been mobilizing management science, and especially qualitative critical accounting research, as a pivot to connect ecosystem services information systems and tools, diverse forms of collective action for ecosystem governance, and private sector initiatives and accounting innovations.  

I have a strong preference for research-action  methods, in which results come from a combination between original theoretical constructions and practitioners’ inputs and needs. I have conducted research-action with business actors (Suez Waters), environmental NGOs (WWF), and public institutions. 

I pursue the development of a new accounting model centered on the collective management of ecosystems. I have also developed research on the design of new business models for biodiversity management activities by environmental sector firms. Other areas of research include experimenting ecosystem services mapping tools in concrete multi-stakeholders settings (e.g. Bordeaux) as well as the development of an original ecosystem management context diagnostic approach based on social science theories and useful for conservation actors engaged in complex situations in the field. 






Journal articles9 documents

  • C. Feger, Laurent Mermet, Bhaskar Vira, Prue Addison, Richard Barker, et al.. Four priorities for new links between conservation science and accounting research. Conservation Biology, Wiley, 2018, ⟨10.1111/cobi.13254⟩. ⟨hal-01939045⟩
  • Clément Feger, Laurent Mermet. A blueprint towards accounting for the management of ecosystems. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Emerald, 2017, 30 (7), pp.1511 - 1536. ⟨10.1108/AAAJ-12-2015-2360⟩. ⟨hal-01930913⟩
  • Harold Levrel, Pedro Cabral, Clément Feger, Mélodie Chambolle, Damien Basque. How to overcome the implementation gap in ecosystem services? A user-friendly and inclusive tool for improved urban management. Land Use Policy, Elsevier, 2017, 68, pp.574 - 584. ⟨10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.07.037⟩. ⟨hal-01692260⟩
  • P. Cabral, C. Feger, H. Levrel, M. Chambolle, D. Basque. Assessing the impact of land-cover changes on ecosystem services: A first step toward integrative planning in Bordeaux, France. Ecosystem Services, 2016, 22, pp.318-327. ⟨10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.08.005⟩. ⟨hal-01425110⟩
  • Harold Levrel, Pedro Cabral, Clément Feger, Mélodie Chambolle. L’usage de la cartographie des services écosystémiques pour faciliter les débats et les arbitrages dans les politiques d’aménagement du territoire : l’exemple de Bordeaux Métropole. Sciences Eaux & Territoires , IRSTEA, 2016, pp.70-75. ⟨hal-01588260⟩
  • Clément Feger, P. Cabral, D. Basque, Harold Levrel, M. Chambolle. Integrated water cycle management, ecosystem services and urban planning: a first return on experiment. Techniques Sciences Méthodes , ASTEE/EDP Sciences, 2015, pp.56 - 67. ⟨10.1051/tsm/201509056 ⟩. ⟨hal-01588253⟩
  • Clément Feger, Romain Pirard. Assessing funding needs for biodiversity: Critical issues. Policy Brief IDDRI-Sciences Po, 2011, 06 (11), pp.1-4. ⟨⟩. ⟨hal-01930947⟩
  • Terry Townshend, Sam Fankhauser, Adam Matthews, Clément Feger, Jin Liu, et al.. Legislating Climate Change on a National Level. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2011, 53 (5), pp.5 - 17. ⟨10.1080/00139157.2011.604004⟩. ⟨hal-01930869⟩
  • Clément Feger. Écosystèmes recherchent financements. Alternatives Economiques, Montpellier : CRDP Languedoc-Roussillon ; Quétigny (21805) : Alternatives économiques, 2011, pp.2. ⟨hal-01930988⟩

Conference papers3 documents

  • Laurent Mermet, Clément Feger. New Accounting for the Management of Ecosystems - Introduction. New Accounting for the Management of Ecosystems, University of Cambridge, Sep 2017, Cambridge, United Kingdom. ⟨hal-01931141⟩
  • Clément Feger, Laurent Mermet, Jean-Baptiste Narcy, Christophe Bouni. Designing four ecosystem conservation-oriented business model for ecological value creation: An action-research with a leading French water company. “New Business Models” – Exploring a changing view on organizing value creation, Toulouse Business School - Chair d’Excellence Pierre de Fermat Jun 2016, Toulouse, France. ⟨hal-01566806⟩
  • Clément Feger, Alexandre Rambaud. Apports et rapports mutuels de la gestion et de l'écologie politique : essai d'articulation par la comptabilité. Penser l'écologie politique - Sciences sociales et interdisciplinarité, Jan 2014, Paris, France. pp.60-64. ⟨hal-01930844⟩

Book sections1 document

Other publications9 documents

  • C. Feger, Laurent Mermet. Approches écosystème-centrées: vous étudiez des organisations qui n'existent pas !?!?. 2019. ⟨hal-02128920⟩
  • C. Feger, Laurent Mermet. Retour de Bornéo: le terrain entre schèmes actionnables et approfondissement socio-anthropologique. 2019. ⟨hal-02128831⟩
  • C. Feger, Laurent Mermet. Renouer avec la planète : pour un compositionnisme stratégique. 2019. ⟨hal-02128899⟩
  • C. Feger, Laurent Mermet. La recherche de schèmes actionnables, moteur de l'analyse stratégique. 2019. ⟨hal-02128928⟩
  • C. Feger, Laurent Mermet. Et pour sauver la planète, vous mettez quoi à la place de l'alarmisme bloquant !?. 2019. ⟨hal-02128865⟩
  • C. Feger, Laurent Mermet. Sauver la planète : pourquoi il est urgent de dépasser l'alarmisme bloquant. 2019. ⟨hal-02128885⟩
  • Clément Feger, Emily Mckenzie, Bhaskar Vira, Laurent Mermet. Blind men with an elephant ?: The importance of understanding context. 2017. ⟨hal-01931163⟩
  • Clément Feger, Laurent Mermet, Emily Mckenzie, Bhaskar Vira. Making the value of nature visible - necessary but not sufficient to achieve conservation goals. 2017. ⟨hal-01931150⟩
  • Clément Feger, Laurent Mermet. Introduction to the context diagnostic method for conservation. 2016. ⟨hal-01931116⟩

Reports3 documents

  • Louise Gallagher, Emily Mckenzie, Clément Feger, Eoin Sinnott, Laurent Mermet, et al.. Creating successful valuing nature initiatives: A guide to analysing local context and developing strong theories of change. [Technical Report] Luc Hoffmann Institute. 2017, pp.20. ⟨hal-01930960⟩
  • Clément Feger, Laurent Mermet, Emily Mckenzie, Bhaskar Vira. Improving Decisions with Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Information: A Theory-based Practical Context Diagnostic for Conservation. [Technical Report] University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute. 2017, pp.60. ⟨hal-01930929⟩
  • Terry Townshend, Sam Fankhauser, Adam Matthews, Clément Feger, Jin Liu, et al.. GLOBE climate legislation study. [Technical Report] GLOBE International; Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and Environment. 2011, pp.276. ⟨hal-01930971⟩