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University of Exeter Business School

 Lena Prouchet

Lena Prouchet

PhD candidate

 Environment and Sustainability Institute Desk 122, Room 1.15


Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


Léna joined the SITE department (Science, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship) of the Business School in March 2020 to start a multidisciplinary project combining development and entrepreneurship topics. 

Her PhD focuses on multi-stakeholder partnerships for local development and forest preservation. More specifically, her research seeks to understand the process of creation and development of productive projects, as well as their economic and social impact on indigenous groups. 

This project is a collaboration with Cool Earth, an NGO that works alongside local communities to tackle climate change through forest protection. Léna focuses on the partnership Cool Earth has established in Peru with the Awajun community around the growing and marketing of cacao. 

Léna uses her research to engage with policy-makers and inform decision-making. With the support of Sense about Science, she published last year a policy brief on "Adopting a pioneering approach that supports indigenous communities and addresses the climate and biodiversity crises". 


  • M.Sc. "Food Policy" (City, University of London)
  • Master's Degree "International Relations & Economics" (Institut d'Etudes Politiques d'Aix-en-Provence)
  • BA "Political Sciences" (Institut d'Etudes Politiques d'Aix-en-Provence, ITESO - Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara)


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Research projects

Current research title: "Understanding the nexus between NGO and public actors’ interventions and the emergence, the development, and the sustainability of productive projects among indigenous forest communities"

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