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Mr Tristan Berchoux BSc, MSc

Postgraduate research student

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A postgraduate research student, my research uncovering rural livelihoods under climatic stresses fuels my passion for environmental sustainability and poverty alleviation.


B.Sc. Environmental Engineering (Montpellier SupAgro - International Center for Higher Education in Agricultural Sciences, France), 2010

M.Sc. Agricultural Economics and Rural Development (Montpellier SupAgro - International Center for Higher Education in Agricultural Sciences, France), 2013

Professional Experience

Micro-finance Officer, NGO Sourires d’Enfants, Vietnam (April 2011 – March 2012)

Appraisal, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, NGO ACTED, Chad (March 2012 – August 2012)

Consultant in Agricultural Economics, NGO GRET, Tanzania and Uganda (April 2013 – October 2013)

Previous Research Projects

Physical capital accumulation in Vietnamese rural households: development strategies, practices and risks – Evolution trajectories and strategies for resorting to credit in the rural households of Phu Tho Province, North Vietnam (CIRAD, 2012)

Marketing systems in Tanzania and Uganda: what role can wholesale markets play in reducing market imperfections and in improving small-scale farmers’ bargaining power? (Montpellier SupAgro, 2013)





Research interests

  • Environmental and social sciences (livelihoods, vulnerability, climate change adaptation, ecosystem based approaches
  • Food security and food systems (policies, management)
  • Agricultural economics (agricultural prices, markets, family farming, rural development, microfinance, migration)
  • International development programmes

PhD research

To characterise the sensitivity of livelihood strategies to agricultural stresses and livelihood capitals in deltaic rural areas.


Dr. Craig Hutton, Dr. Fiifi Amoako Johnson, Professor Peter Atkinson

Funding Agencies

  • ESRC studentship for interdisciplinary study under the Energy, Environment and Resilience pathway
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods Enhanced Stipend

DECCMA Project

The five-year DECCMA (DEltas, vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation) project will examine how people are adapting to the physical effects of climate change, such as sea level rise, alongside socio-economic pressures, including land degradation and population pressure, in delta regions. It aims to develop methods to predict how these four deltas may evolve over the next 50 to 100 years and provide Governments with the knowledge and tools to ensure future policy can maximise planning services and programmes to the benefit of the region's population. There will be a particular focus on the potential benefits of planned migration versus other adaptation choices such as dike construction.

Research group

Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)

Affiliate research group


  • Department of Geography Student Representative
  • ESRC Student Representative
  • ESRC DTC EER pathway facilitator
  • DECCMA Seminar Series co-coordinator

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