Ismaël Tall


Ismaël is a PhD student at the Anthropology Institute. He holds a MA in public management and policy from the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, University of Lausanne. He also spent two years at the Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago, New Zealand as a visiting PhD. His thesis is part of the SNF project “New directions in agri-environmental governance: Re-assembling food, knowledge and autonomy”.


Agri-environmental governance is a framework describing the unfolding of institutions and policy processes that organize the relationship between food production and environmental objectives. It aims to shed light on the will to promote sustainable food production. Ismaël’s research focuses on public governance practices, particularly government responses to environmental issues, in New Zealand. The country combines three different factors of interest: Its economic dependence on agriculture through global exports; the environmental pressure resulting from this intensive production, especially non-point water pollution; and a particular policy setting in which farming is not subject to direct payments, unlike most OECD countries. In this context, Ismaël is working on the emergence of an environmental problem, its appropriation by local authorities and the answers they are bringing, by highlighting the mechanisms of consultation, consultation and compromise consubstantial to the development of a public policy. 

Supervisor: Jérémie Forney


Publication: Tall, I. and Campbell, H. (2018). “The ‘Dirty Dairying’ Campaign in New Zealand: Constructing Problems and Assembling Responses” in Forney, J., Campbell, H. and Rosin, C. (eds), Agri-Environmental Governance as an Assemblage: Multiplicity, Power, and Transformation, pp.161-176. Routledge: Abingdon-on-Thames, UK.



2011: BA in Social Sciences, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lausanne

2014: MA in Public Management and Policy, Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration, University of Lausanne

2015 – now: PhD in Social Anthropology, Anthropology Institute, University of Neuchâtel

2016 – 2018: Visiting PhD, Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago



Intérêts de recherche

  • Développement et mise en œuvre des politiques publiques
  • Relation humains – environnement
  • Politiques de durabilité