Alexander Wezel

Alexander WEZEL
Head of Research, Professor for Agroecology and Landscape Ecology

Member of High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), – FAO

Research Unit
Agroecology and Environment


Agroecology, agroecosystems analysis: management of biodiversity, water quality, and ecological corridors.

Research projects

  • African Cases: Good practices in agroecology in food insecure African countries
  • SRCE: Perméabilité des espaces agricoles et Schéma Régional de Cohérence Ecologique de Rhône-Alpes
  • PRADIV:  Pratiques agroécologiques au service de la biodiversité (auxiliaires et pollinisateurs des cultures) et de la performance des systèmes de culture
  • BIODIV+:  Diversité multi-échelles dans les agroécosystèmes pour améliorer le control des ravageurs et la résilience des systèmes
  • SUSPLUS: Innovative Education towards Sustainable Food Systems
  • TEFSI: Transformation of European Food Systems towards Sustainability by Transnational, Innovative Teaching
  • SERVIPOND: Ecosystem services and fish pond systems


Teaching activities

Coordinator of MSc Agroecology
Agroecology, Agroecosystems of the world and agricultural use, Management of agroecosystems

Work experiences and studies

  • 2006-today: Isara, France.
  • 2004: Habilitation, University of Greifswald, Germany, thesis: Land use and resource conservation in rural areas of different developing countries.
  • 1998: Ph.D., University of Hohenheim, Germany, thesis: Fallow cultivation system and management possibilities in semi-arid Niger, West Africa,
  • 1993: Diploma (MSc) Geoecology, University of Karlsruhe, Germany,



  • Debray, V., Wezel, A., Lambert-Derkimba, A., Roesch, K., Lieblein, G., Francis, C.A. (2019). Agroecological practices for climate change adaptation in semi-arid and sub-humid Africa. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 3 (4): 429-456.
  • Migliorini, P., Wezel, A. (2018). Converging and diverging principles and practices of organic agriculture regulations and agroecology. A review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development. 37: 63.
  • Wezel, A. (2017). Agroecological practices for sustainable agriculture: principles, applications, and making the transition. World Scientific, New Jersey, USA, 485 p.
  • Wezel, A., Goette, J., Lagneaux, E., Passuello, G., Reisman, E., Rodier, C., Turpin, G. (2018). Agroecology in Europe: Research, education, collective action networks, and alternative food systems. Sustainability 10, 1214. doi:10.3390/su10041214
  • Wezel, A., Goris, M., Bruil, J., Félix, G.F., Peeters, A., Bàrberi, P., Bellon, S., Migliorini, P. (2018). Challenges and actions points to amplify agroecology in Europe. Sustainability 10, 1598. doi:10.3390/su10051598
  • Wezel, A., Vincent, A., Nitsch, H., Schmid, O., Dubbert, M., Tasser, E., Fleury, Ph., Stöckli, S., Stolze, M., Bogner, D. (2018). Farmers’ perceptions, preferences, and propositions for result-oriented measures in mountain farming. Land Use Policy 70: 117-127.