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Dr. Joël Houdet - Senior Research Fellow, Responsible Natural Resources Economies


Dr. Joël R.A. Houdet is a Senior Research Fellow (Responsible Natural Resources Economies and ACTS South Africa Country Representative). Joël will be based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He is an expert on corporate natural capital accounting, valuation and reporting and is involved in several high profile initiatives, including the drafting of the Natural Capital Protocol and several work streams of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Joël holds a PhD in Management Sciences from AgroParisTech (France), a Masters in Practicing Accounting from Monash University (Australia) and Bachelor of Sciences from Rhodes University (South Africa).

Dr. Houdet will still be involved part-time at Integrated Sustainability Services, a consulting firm based in Johannesburg, where he has acquired more than 4 years of experience in sustainability reporting, biodiversity offsetting, cost-benefit analysis, economic impact assessments, environmental liability assessment and apportionment and independent reviews / audits.

He also has 5 years’ experience in the think tank industry in Paris. He worked for OREE / CREED - Veolia Environment as a research engineer and advisor to CAC40 companies, SMEs and public organisations on biodiversity and ecosystem services issues. 

He was also co founding president of Synergiz from 2006 to January 2013, a Paris-based think tank which works on urban ecosystems and the business and biodiversity nexus. He remains involved in the editorial board of Synergiz and in its applied research work streams.

Dr. Houdet is happily married and has three children. In his spare time, he enjoys eco-tourism, sci-fi novels and Reunion Island’s dishes!

Selected Publications

In English

In French