Olivier Walther holds a PhD in geosciences and environment
from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland, Prof.
J.-B. Racine) and in human sciences from the University
of Rouen (France, Prof. D. Retaillé), a Master
of Advanced Studies from the University of Geneva and
a Master of Arts from the University of Lausanne.
He joined the Institute of Geography at the University
of Lausanne in 2002. As a human geographer, he specialises
in development studies and has worked in Niger, Benin,
Nigeria, Mali and Mauritania. He has participated in
the Water-Conflicts of Interest in Regions of Scarcity
Programme supported by the Geneva International Academic
Network (GIAN) and is a member of the AILLEURS research
laboratory at the University of Rouen.
Since 2007, he works as a research officer at the Centre
for Population Poverty and Public Policy Studies (CEPS/INSTEAD)
in Luxembourg. There, he is in charge of the METROLUX
programme, questioning the stakes of metropolisation
processes in Luxembourg and the border zone. This project
is co-funded by the National Research Fund of Luxembourg,
and carried out in partnership with the universities
of Luxembourg, Strasbourg I and Mulhouse. Olivier Walther
is focusing on the thematic of metropolisation, urban
governance and on the insertion of the metropolis in
global flux, communication networks and city networks
As a member of the Hombori Project, he studies the tourism
development in the Malian Hombori Mountains. He focuses
on the way tourism is developing in these places, attracting
more and more visitors, due to an exceptional natural
and cultural heritage.
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