Deputy Director of R&D
Sophie Rochefort is the Assistant Director of the IRDA's Research and Development Department for the Resource Protection expertise pole since September 2021. She holds a bachelor's degree in agronomy, a master's degree in plant biology, a doctorate in plant biology specialized in urban ecology and a post-doctorate in forest entomology. She has been working in the fields of agronomy, agriculture and agri-food for over 25 years. Prior to joining the IRDA, she was the Executive Director of a non-profit organization dedicated to knowledge transfer for the agriculture and agri-food sector and a professor-researcher and director of the agronomy department at the Haute École du paysage, d'ingénierie et d'architecture de Genève in Switzerland for seven years. In addition, she has been principal applicant, co-applicant and coordinator of several projects in agriculture, urban agriculture, green infrastructure, functional biodiversity and impact of climate change on crop pests. She has also written numerous scientific publications, supervised graduate students and served on various committees.