Christophe Mbuyi

Graduate Research Assistant

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gregory Zaro, Dr. Christine Beilt.

Office Location: 5773 South Stevens Hall, Rm 234B, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5773

Office Phone #:   Tel: 207.581.1894

Biographical Statement: In addition to having been a climate change trainer and a guest speaker on the impacts of climate change on indigenous people, I was an Environment Legal Advisor at the African Development, Agriculture and Environment Project Analysis Network Forum (ADAEPAF) in Pretoria, South Africa. I was also a Human Resources Manager (HR) at the African Medical System (Afrimedics), Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As a member of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, I am currently doing a Master of Art in Anthropology and Environmental Policy at the University of Maine. Furthermore, at the University of South Africa, I wrote my Master of Law (LLM) dissertation on the Southern African Development Community’s position on climate change in light of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol. My Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree at the University of Kinshasa culminated in my research thesis dealing with the Kyoto Protocol entitled Sustainable Development: the Case of Nuclear Energy, a work of 100 pages written in French, and published on Last and not the least, I have also had the pleasure of attending several international conferences.

Research Area Sketch:  My research broadly explores the intersections of human dimensions of climate change, indigenous peoples and climate change refugees. I am particularly interested in the ways in which indigenous peoples in the Democratic Republic of Republic can participate to climate change adaptation and mitigation in the tropical forest by using indigenous knowledge, and as well take advantage of the benefit sharing system.