Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique

The Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) is a French public research institute devoted to agricultural science. Founded in 1946, is a Publish Scientific and Technical Research Establishment under the joint authority of the Ministries of Research and Agriculture.

INRA leads projects of targeted research for a sustainable agriculture, a safeguarded environment and a healthy and high quality food. Based on the number of publications in agricultural sciences/crops and animal sciences, INRA is the first institute for agricultural research in Europe, and the second in the world.

The Research Unit Ecodevelopment is a part of the department Sciences for the Action and the Development (SAD) of INRA. It associates researchers of various disciplines of the social sciences (anthropology, economy, sociology), sciences biotechnics (agronomy, animal breeding) and sciences of the nature (ecology, ethology).

Meet the team:

marta_revDr. Marta Debolini, email:

Marta Debolini is a confirmed researcher at INRA since 2012. Her research profile is about the modelisation of land use spatio-temporal dynamic, taking into account the feedback due to water cycles and climate change. She is interested in developing research on land system dynamics, land use change modeling, ecosystem services, sustainable intensification of agricultural systems. She got her PhD in 2010 at the Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies (Pisa, Italy) working on Mediterranean agricultural dynamics and their trade-off on soil resources. In 2011 she obtained a research award from the Fund for Global Environment and Conflict Resolution at the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University, for her project “Land management and land use conflict resolution in peri-urban areas: a geo-agronomic perspective”. She worked on several national and international research projects.

davide_revDr. Davide Martinetti, email:

Dr. Davide Martinetti has a master in Soft Computing and Intelligent Data Analysis from the European Center of Soft Computing, Mieres, Spain. In July 2014 he defended his PhD thesis “Fuzzy and probabilistic approaches to modelling individual choice or preference: rationality conditions and their relationships” at the University of Oviedo where he has been member of the UNIMODE research group. At present time he has a post-doc position at the INRA, PACA in France, for a two-years project with Prof. Geniaux and Prof. Morris.

Dr. Etienne Polge,

Dr. Etienne Polge holds MSc in Agronomy at Montpellier Supagro and a Phd in Economy at Paris-Saclay University (Agroparistech). His doctoral research dealt with development and governance of rural territories. He designed an analytical framework articulating territorial dynamics, proximity and social network analysis to study interaction dynamics between stakeholders within governance arrangements and local productive arrangements in Brazilian Amazon. He followed this work by a postdoctoral research on the coexistence of agricultural models and on the way to promote eco-efficiency and territorial development.

Ghislain_Geniaux_revDr. Ghislain Geniaux, email:

Dr. Ghislain Geniaux is an economist with a PhD of GREQAM/Université de le Méditerranée (Title: Evaluation and Regulation of Environmental Impacts) in 1999 in which he developed skills in environmental economy, micro-­economics and econometrics. Since 1999, he is researcher in the Ecodevelopment unit (Avignon, France) UR767, INRA. His research area is now on land markets and land policy, evaluation of territorial policies, land use change models and spatial econometrics.