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Charlotte Monteil


Charlotte Monteil


ORCiD: 0000-0002-8930-7038


Charlotte MonteilAcademic profile

I have always been fascinated by the way that people inhabit their environment, and I started my studies by taking an interdisciplinary Bachelor degree in Geography with a specialisation in Environmental Studies, at the Institut de Géographie Alpine, in Grenoble, France. The course integrated the analysis of society with the analysis of the environment, themes which I continued in my post-degree work with the PAPRIKA project in Nepal.

I worked to analyse the vulnerability and capacities of people facing flash floods in the plain area of Nepal (Terai). Using a large range of participatory research tools, including Participatory 3-Dimension Mapping, I focused on two villages, studying the relations between caste system and vulnerability, and enhancing local capacities (in partnership with local communities and I/NGOs) to face floods. In parallel with this project, I took a Masters degree in Development Studies at the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, in Paris (France), and then for the second year, back at the Institut de Géographie Alpine. I have been progressively specialising in "natural" disasters studies with a social-science perspective. I participated in different projects, including spending one month in Morocco working on the risk of earthquake in Tetouan and trying to find suitable adaptations to live with this risk and to become less vulnerable.

PhD title

Societal recovery and adaptation following volcanic eruptions.

Current research

My PhD project at the UEA reflects my interest in disaster studies. I work on societal recovery and adaptation following volcanic eruptions, with Peter Simmons and Anna Hicks. This project, part of the global STREVA project, aims to address the lack of understanding of short and long-term recovery and adaptation processes in communities and monitoring agencies affected by volcanic eruptions. Using qualitative methods, I will identify the parameters that influence the recovery and adaptation of communities, and I will try to develop a tool to measure these processes.


Monteil C., 2012, Vulnerability, Capacities and Caste System in facing floods in Terai area (Nepal), thesis, Institut de Geographie, Paris I

Gaillard J.C., Monteil C., Perrillat-Collomb A., Chaudhary M., Chaudhary S., Chaudhary O., Giazzi F., Cadag J.R., 2013, Participatory 3-dimension mapping: A tool for encouraging multi-caste collaboration to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, Applied Geography.

Gaillard et al., 2013, Participatory 3-Dimensional Mapping: a tool for practitioners, Cafod

Monteil C., 2013, Capacities development to face floods. The case of Bochahi village in Nepal, thesis, Institut de Geographie Alpine Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble

Research groups & supervisory team

Strengthening Resilience in Volcanic Areas project

3S Science, Society, and Sustainability research group, University of East Anglia.

Geosciences and Natural Hazards research theme, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA

Primary supervisor: Mr Peter Simmons

Co-Supervisors: Prof Jenni Barclay, Dr Anna Hicks, Dr Roger Few