Isabelle Desportes holds a PhD (2020) from the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her dissertation focused on the governance of disaster response and humanitarian action in authoritarian conflict-affected settings.
She has an interdisciplinary background in Geography (B.Sc., Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) and International Development Studies (M.Sc., Universiteit van Amsterdam - cum laude).
Active in the fields of disaster risk reduction, community resilience and climate change mitigation and adaptation, Isabelle Desportes has previously carried out (applied) research missions in South East Europe, South Africa and Ethiopia for UNDP, the City of Cape Town, the African Centre for Cities, the University of Groningen and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. She has moreover worked on climate change for the International Federation of the Red Cross Red Crescent in Geneva, and for French civil society organizations in Strasbourg.
I. Desportes & D.R. Colenbrander (2016). Navigating interests, navigating knowledge: towards an inclusive set-back delineation along Cape Town’s coastline. Habitat International, 54 (2), 124-135. doi: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2015.12.016
I. Desportes, J. Waddel & M.A. Hordijk (2015). Improving flood risk governance through multi-stakeholder collaboration: a case study of Sweet Home informal settlement, Cape Town. South African Geographical Journal. doi: 10.1080/03736245.2015.1052842