Membership Category

  • Regular


  • Université du Québec à Rimouski - UQAR


  • Political Science
  • Sociology


  • Social and political aspects
  • Natural resources
  • Environmental services
  • Ecosystem restoration

Scientific activities and affiliations

  • Societies, Territories and Development Department
  • GRIDEQ - Interdisciplinary Development Research Group, Eastern Quebec
  • CRDT - Territorial Development Research Center
  • Réseau CARES (FRQ)AISLF - International Association of French-Speaking Sociologists


Nathalie Lewis is an environmental sociologist and professor-researcher in territorial development at the Université du Québec à Rimouski. She wrote her thesis in France on integrated water management. Since then, she has been developing her projects on integrated water management. Before joining UQAR, Nathalie worked as a researcher in France for an INRAE research organization, then Cemagref, dedicated to territorial and environmental management. Both in France and at UQAR, she held management positions (research team and center, program department) and supervised several master's and doctoral students. She is also Secretary General responsible for international development at the Association internationale des sociologues de langue française (AISLF). She is one of the co-founders of the "Environmental Justice" network at INRAE and a member of the editorial board of the journal VertigO and the Centre de recherche en développement territorial (CRDT). Nathalie's work today focuses on the social and political aspects of natural resources and resource-dependent communities. Among other projects, she heads up a project entitled Seals as an indicator of movement in the era of climate change: scientific, political and societal decompartmentalization in action in Eastern Canada. She also manages the social aspects of projects focusing on the environmental services provided by eelgrass and spartina meadows, as well as a section on stakeholder issues in the rehabilitation of large river ecosystems such as Lac Saint-Pierre on the St. Lawrence. In these projects, the intersection of issues and tensions is at the heart of his work. In fact, human, non-human and natural objects intersect and combine to (re)produce our daily lives and their power relations. In a world that advocates multi/inter/trans/disciplinarity, the time has come to open up and decompartmentalize, but the challenge remains: the interplay of players and the integrated management advocated are central.

Affiliated research axes

Change and Transition Management

Planning Optimization

Resource and Product Maximization

Policy levers

The RRECQ is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
Fonds de recherche - Québec