René Véron is professor of social geography at the University of Lausanne. Before coming to IGUL in July 2010, he worked for eight years at the University of Guelph, Canada, as well as for Trent University, Canada, the Universities of Cambridge and Keele, UK, and the Development Studies Institute at the London School of Economics, UK. He pursued his graduate studies in geography at the University of Zurich. Prof. Véron has been involved in various research and policy-oriented projects in India since 1994 focusing on rural and urban development issues in Kerala, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi. His research explored socioeconomic, environmental and political aspects of development including the impacts of crop markets on sustainable development, the implications of globalisation and related reform policies for rural livelihoods, as well as the politics around the implementation of poverty-alleviation schemes. More recently, he included urban topics in his geographical development research on India, such as the political ecology of urban air pollution and the (environmental) governance of small cities. Prof. Véron’s teaching since 2000 has included courses on social and political geography, urbanization, political ecology, and development studies at the Bachelor and Master levels and the supervision of PhD theses related to development geography.