Aleksandar Rankovic is a researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) and a PhD candidate in ecology at Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. Aleksandar’s work at IDDRI addresses the interactions between environmental sciences and policies. He is particularly interested in scientists’ strategies to make the entities they study count in policy arenas, with the goal of questionning these strategies and possibly improve their efficacy for collective action on environmental issues. His work mainly focuses on topics linked to biodiversity and climate. His current case studies include ocean-climate relations, carbon sequestration in soil organic matter, biodiversity of world savannas, and urban ecosystems. For several years, he has also been working on the use of economic valuation of ecosystems in decision-making processes.
In 2014, Aleksandar worked with Bruno Latour and François Gemenne on the coordinaton of about 40 researchers from 22 research teams in natural sciences and the humanities for the Sorbonne Paris Cité Program "Politics of the Earth in the Anthropocene", to which he still contributes. During spring 2015, Aleksandar was a visiting fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, directed by Sheila Jasanoff.