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Catching Up With... Krystel Montpetit, BCS'03

Krystel, Foresight Team Lead at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, recently published a study with her colleague Marilyn Cham.

The objective of their study: "Digital Transformation and the Futures of Civic Space to 2030" is to shed light on how civic space and civil liberties are evolving in the face of digital transformation, including in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Krystel also recently published the following piece in the OECD’s Development Co-operation Report 2020: “Building resilience through systems thinking, foresight and behavioural science.” The piece explores the use of systems thinking, foresight, and behavioural science for policies for better, healthier lives for all. Finally, she just finished the following OECD study: "Development co-operation in 2030: what could change with the current global health and socioeconomic crises? Four selected scenarios." The study seeks to enhance the resilience of policies in the face of uncertainties and disruptions arising from global crises such as the current health and socioeconomic ones.

Krystel holds a Master of Public Affairs from Sciences Po Paris and a Master of Public Administration from the London School of Economics (LSE). During her dual MPA degree, Krystel specialised in sustainability and systems thinking, as well as in the interface of science, behavioural science and policy. Her MPA thesis at the London School of Economics was entitled: "How Socioeconomic Equality Predicts Environmental Performance in Countries at Similar Levels of Development: A Nested Cross-Sectional Study." Krystel holds a certificate in Climate Change Policy, Executive Education Programme, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She also holds a certificate in Behavioural Insights and Public Policy, Executive Education Programme, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Furthermore, she holds a certificate in Strategic Foresight from the School of International Futures (SOIF).

Krystel is the 2013 Recipient of the Donella Meadows Fellowship. She is a member of the Balaton Group, an international network of researchers and practitioners in sustainability founded by the co-authors of the Club of Rome-commissioned 1972 book The Limits to Growth. She is also a member of the French Environment and Health Network (RES). She was the winner of the 2013 Global Public Network Policy Recommendation Contest (Tokyo); the 2012 Global Public Policy Network Recommendation Contest (Singapore); and the 2013 European Public Policy Contest (Paris).