Mathilde graduated from the National Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort (France) in 2003. She holds a Masters and a PhD in Health Geography (2011) from the University of Paris-X. Her PhD was undertaken in collaboration with INRA (the French National Institute for Agricultural Research) and CIRAD (the French agricultural research and international cooperation organization). During her PhD, which focused on the determinants of the HPAI H5N1 epidemic in Thailand, she was hosted for two years by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand. In 2012, after a post-doc with CIRAD, Mathilde joined the ENVT as an Assistant Professor in Veterinary Epidemiology.
Mathilde’s key research interests focus on how farmers’ behaviours and anthropogenic factors can shape the spatio-temporal distribution of infectious diseases such as avian influenza. For doing her research, Mathilde uses a wide range of epidemiological tools including spatial statistics. She maintains strong connections with the field as she most often uses observational studies to analyze farming practices. She enjoys collaborating with social scientists and has been involved in several transdisciplinary projects. Mathilde currently contributes to a large project funded by the French Ministry of Agriculture (1.2 M€) to improve biosecurity compliance on poultry farms. She is leading two transdisciplinary projects investigating the use of antimicrobials in the French poultry sector and also keeps collaborating on several projects in Southern countries.
Mathilde teaches epidemiology to the undergraduate veterinary students at ENVT, focusing on epidemiological concepts and basic analytical tools. She also teaches advanced epidemiological tools (including study design and statistics for epidemiological analysis) at Master level, notably in two programs co-organised by ENVT (GIMAT and InterRisk master programs). Mathilde is in charge of coordinating the international One Health Master program, jointly organized by ENVT, UPS, CIRAD and Kasetsart University (Thailand) for the assessment and management of health risks at the human, animal and ecosystem interface. Mathilde is currently involved in several projects aiming at developing innovative e-learning tools, including serious game, for training in epidemiology. Such materials will be used in complement to face-to-face lectures at ENVT, and will also be spread to a wider community.
Five selected publications
- Delpont M., Blondel V., Robertet L., Duret H., Guerin JL, Vaillancourt JP, Paul M.C. Biosecurity practices on foie gras duck farms, Southwest France. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 158:78-88
- Guinat C., Nicolas G., Vergne T., Bronner A., Durand B., Courcoul A., Gilbert M., Guérin J.L., Paul M.C. (2018) Spatio-temporal Patterns of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus subtype H5N8 spread, France, 2016-2017. Eurosurveillance, 23(26):pii=1700791. https://doi.org/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2018.23.26.1700791.
- Adam C., Ducrot C., Paul M.C., Fortané N. Autonomy under contract: the case of traditional free-range poultry farmers (2017). Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies, 98(1-2):55-74.
- Paul M. C., Goutard. F., Roulleau F., Holl D., Thanapongtharm W., Roger F., Tran A. (2016) Quantitative assessment of a spatial multicriteria model for highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in Thailand, and application in Cambodia. Scientific Reports, 6:31096.
- Paul M.C., Figuié M., Kovitvadhi A., Valeix S., Wongnarkpet S., Poolkhet C., Kasemsuwan S., Ducrot C., Roger F., Binot A. (2015) Collective resistance to HPAI H5N1 surveillance in the Thai cockfighting community: insights from a social anthropology study. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 120(1): 106-114.