Areas of research expertise:
- The politics of climate change
- Climate change, forests and coastal ecosystems
- Resource governance and environmental sustainability
- Reconciling economic development and ecological conservation
Romy Chevallier is a senior researcher on the Governance of Africa’s Resources programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). Ms Chevallier holds a BA Honours in Political Science from the University of Stellenbosch and a Master's degree in International Relations (cum laude) from the University of Witwatersrand. During her time at SAIIA she has worked on various policy topics related to the EU’s strategic engagement with Africa and South Africa, the role of emerging powers in a changing geo-political landscape, climate change, natural resource governance and environmental sustainability. She has written extensively on topics related to the sustainable management of coastal ecosystems in Mozambique, climate change negotiations, the trade of timber in east Africa (DRC and Uganda focus) and on reconciling growth and development with ecological integrity along Africa’s coastline.
- Chevallier, R. ‘Emerging Insights into Governance and Sustainable Management of Africa’s Natural Ecosystems’. SAIIA Policy Briefing, No 95, May 2014.
- UN Outreach Stakeholder forum. ‘New science further highlights the important mitigation potential of coastal ecosystems’. December 2013.
- Chevallier, R. Balancing development and coastal conservation: mangroves in Mozambique. SAIIA research report. November 2013.
- Benkenstein, A & Chevallier, R. Africa’s mangrove habitats: Prospects and challenges of payment for coastal and marine ecosystem services. Incentives for marine and coastal conservation. Earthscan and IIED. pp. 210- 228. August 2013
- Chevallier, R. Governing Africa’s mangroves: a sustainable future. SAIIA Policy Briefing 74. September 2013.
- Chevallier, R. Reconciling growth and development with environmental integrity along Africa’s coastline. 26 August 2013.
- Chevallier, R. UN OUTREACH stakeholder publication. ‘The mitigation potential of coastal ecosystems: Blue Carbon’. COP 18 Day 8. 4 December 2012.
- Chevallier, R. 'The importance of valuing Africa’s natural riches’. 10 October 2012.
- Chevallier, R. Blue Carbon: the opportunity of coastal sinks in Africa. SAIIA Policy Briefing No 59, November 2012
- Chevallier, R and du Preez, M. Timber Trade in Africa’s Great Lakes: The road from Beni, DRC to Kampala, Uganda. Research report 11. SAIIA. July 2012.
- Chevallier R and du Preez, M. The timber in Africa’s Great Lakes region: Implications for Uganda and the region. SAIIA Policy briefing 52, July 2012.
- OUTREACH publication – distributed on the first day of COP 17 proceedings.
- Chevallier, R. ‘COP 17: what role for South Africa as an Agent of Change?’. SAIIA policy briefing 38. November 2011.
- Chevallier, R. ‘Balancing economic growth and sustainable development’. The Forum on Society for International Development. Rome. January 2012.
- Chevallier, R. ‘Africa divided’: Feature: Climate change. October/ November 2011. www.the-African.Org. 21-23
- Chevallier, R. ‘Facing the challenges of climate change: the case of South Africa and its potential collaboration with other southern economies in Going Global: Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, South Korea and South Africa in International Affairs. Published 1 June 2011. Singapore http://www.kas.de/politikdialog-asien/en/publications/23460/
- Chevallier, R. Working paper: Towards the climate change summit in Durban: the role of the South African government as an agent of change in Africa. Presented at the University of Kent lecture series, 16 June 2011.
- Chevallier, R. ‘Emerging powers: the IBSA states as partners and leaders in a future global climate change regime’. KAS International Report. April 2011.
- Chevallier, R. ‘Facing the global challenges of climate change: the case of EU-Africa cooperation’ in Beyond Development Aid: EU-Africa political dialogue on global issues of common concern. Europe-Africa Policy Research Network. November 2010. Portugal
- Chevallier, R and Niemack A. An overview of the carbon trading landscape: possibilities and pitfalls for South Africa. SAIIA Occasional Paper. In layout phase. November 2010
- Chevallier, R. ‘Mainstreaming climate change and development cooperation in Africa’. Earthscan’s Climate change and Development special edition: Adaptation to Climate Change in Southern Africa: New Boundaries for Development. Volume 2. Issue 2. April 2010
- Chevallier, R. ‘South Africa’s Participation in International Climate Change negotiations: Key Issues and Implications for Southern Africa’ in Climate Change and Trade. Ed. Peter Draper. May 2010. Please see link:
- Chevallier, R. ‘Addressing mitigation of and adaptation to Climate Change in sub-Saharan Africa while meeting the Development Goals’, in South African Yearbook of International Affairs 2008/2009. Johannesburg SAIIA.
- Chevallier, R. ‘The cooperation of new emerging economies in combating climate change: a perspective from South Africa’. Published by the Shanghai Institute of International Studies (SIIS) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). This paper was prepared for the conference ‘New Emerging Economies in the Climate Change Negotiations’ in Shanghai, China, 20–21 May 2009.
- ‘IBSA and Global Issues: Emerging powers and the future of the global climate change regime’. This paper was prepared for ‘New directions in the “South”? Assessing the Importance and Consequences of the India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA) to International Relations’, IUPERJ, 23-24 June 2008, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- Chevallier, R. ‘Africa and the West’, in Lundy, G, Pennington, S, & Bowes, B (eds.). South Africa 2014 - The Story of Our Future. Central Books Ltd., United Kingdom. 2008.
- Chevallier R, 'South Africa: An international actor and partner to the EU', SAIIA opinion piece, 25 July 2008.
- Chevallier R, Von Drachenfels C & A Stamm, 'India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA): A new geography of trade and technology cooperation? in The German Journal of Economic Geography (Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie) 52 (1), 35-49: A New Global Shift . The Rise of Anchor Countries. 2008
- Chevallier R. 'South Africa's role in Africa' Politica Exterior. May 2008.
- Chevallier R, 'The Africa-EU Strategic Partnership: Challenges and Prospects', Conference presentation and comments online, DG Development, European Commission, Brussels on 1 April 2008.
- Chevallier R, 'EU-Africa Summit and Strategy', FRIDE. 25 November 2007.
- Sidiropoulos E & R Chevallier, 'Africa and the Germany Presidency of the EU and G8', KAS Auslands-Informationen, April 2007.
- Chevallier R, 'The South Africa Perspective of IBSA'. FRIDE Europe-Latin America Dialogue Forum, 5 November 2007.
- Sidiropoulos E & R Chevallier, 'Better governance, more growth'. Africa Agenda for 2007 - comments and analyses from an international perspective. Suggestions for the German G8 and EU Council Presidencies. April 2007. Published by the German Development Institute.
- Chevallier R & E Sidiropoulos, Memorandum by The South African Institute of International Affairs and Chatham House: A critic of the EU's Africa Strategy. SAIIA/Chatham House, November 2006.
- Chevallier R & E Sidiropoulos, 'A review of the implementation of the various components of the EU Strategy for Africa'. Addressing better governance and more growth. EU-Africa e-alert. No.4, December 2006.
- Chevallier R & E Sidiropoulos, 'The European Union and Africa: Developing Partnerships for Peace and Security', SAIIA Report, no 51, June 2006
- Chevallier, R. ‘Anticipating the Sting of the French Referendum: France’s early support of the ratification of the European constitutional treaty is critical for its successful adoption’ in South African Foreign Policy Monitor. May/ June 2005. Published by the South African Institute of International Affairs.1-2.
- Chevallier, R. ‘Fidel Castro, On Imperialist Globalisation: Two Speeches’ in South African Journal of International Affairs. Volume 11, Issue 1. Summer/Autumn 2004. 200-202.
- Chevallier, R. ‘UNCTAD XI and Africa’ in the South African Institute of International Affairs’ Foreign Policy Monitor. June/ July 2004.
Email address: Romy.Chevallier[@]saiia.org.za
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