Isabelle Desportes holds a PhD (2020) from the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her dissertation focused on the governance of disaster response and humanitarian action in authoritarian conflict-affected settings.
She has an interdisciplinary background in Geography (B.Sc., Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) and International Development Studies (M.Sc., Universiteit van Amsterdam - cum laude).
Active in the fields of disaster risk reduction, community resilience and climate change mitigation and adaptation, Isabelle Desportes has previously carried out (applied) research missions in South East Europe, South Africa and Ethiopia for UNDP, the City of Cape Town, the African Centre for Cities, the University of Groningen and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. She has moreover worked on climate change for the International Federation of the Red Cross Red Crescent in Geneva, and for French civil society organizations in Strasbourg.
Isabelle Desportes & DR Colenbrander (2016) - Navigating interests, navigating knowledge: towards an inclusive set-back delineation along Cape Town’s coastline - Habitat International, 54 (2), 124-135 - doi: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2015.12.016
Isabelle Desportes, J Waddel & M A Hordijk (2015) - Improving flood risk governance through multi-stakeholder collaboration: a case study of Sweet Home informal settlement, Cape Town. - South African Geographical Journal - doi: 10.1080/03736245.2015.1052842
Thea Hilhorst, MJ Vervest, Isabelle Desportes, Samantha Melis, Rodrigo Mena Fluhmann & R Van Voorst (2020) - Strengthening community resilience in conflict: learnings from the Partners for Resilience programme - International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)