Membre du personnel

Sabine HENRY

Département de Géographie (SGOG)
Entités de recherche
Institute of Life-Earth-Environment (ILEE)
Conseil de faculté Sciences - Professeur
Bureau : Bâtiment Bureaux Géographie & Géologie
Rue Lelièvre, 11 - 5000, Namur
Porte 2
Fax : +32 (0)81 72 53 06



Sabine Henry is a Professor in Geography (University of Namur, Belgium). Her research line is the interaction between environment and migration at the household or individual -level. Her research builds on a strong expertise and knowledge of human migration patterns, especially in Africa. In Burkina Faso, she provided one of the rare empirical evidences on the effects of drought on migration. In Ecuador, she focuses on the environmental benefits of the international migration for the home country, through the lens of resilience. In the Philippines, she provided an in-depth understanding of the links between migration, vulnerability, land use and water management. Capturing “environment” for introducing it in a migration model is very challenging. Sabine Henry used different approaches: rationale measures of climate variability, perceptions by the population through qualitative interviews in West Africa and more recently, the use of a board game for collecting emotions after the super-typhon in the Philippines. One of her current projects focuses on the estimation of vulnerability to earthquake in Haiti.


Since 2015’s refugee crisis in Europe, she also gave several conferences to broader audience about migration in Europe and she received funds to study the sociocultural challenges of the EU migration, with the case of Romanians in Belgium.


Sabine Henry is a member of the Steering committee of the Population and Environment Research Network (2008-2011 and 2019-present) and the only EU member of the scientific panel on the Impact of Internal Migration in Developing Countries of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (2010-15). From 2017, she is member of the scientific panel on the Migration-Climate and Health of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.





Prix du meilleur poster, Population Association of America, 2008.

Prix du meiller poster, UISSP, 2013

Domaines d'expertises


Migration – Vulnerability – Resilience


Drought – Land degradation – Flood – Earthquake


Event-history analysis – Remote-sensing - GIS


Ecuador – Philippines – Burkina Faso – Haiti


Responsabilités externes

Membre du Steering committee du réseau Population and Environment Research Network (2019-present)

Membre du panel Climat-Health-Migration de l'Union Internationale des Sciences de la Population (2017-present)

Conseil au bureau rectoral pour les innovations pédagogiques (2017-18)

Présidente du comité de pilotage PUNCH (2015-18)

Présidente du Comité Expertise Disciplinaire Géographie (2015-auj)

Membre du comité de rédaction des référentiels interréseaux pour la Géographie, décret Missions


Docteur en Sciences géographiques: UCL, 2003
DESS en Démographie;Université des Sciences Humaines de Strasbourg (France), 1998
Licenciées en Sciences géographiques: UCL, 1997