Welcome to iGLOBES

Interdisciplinary Global Environmental Studies

iGLOBES is a CNRS - ENS/PSL University - University of Arizona research laboratory, created to establish a hub of collaborative interactions between the French scientific community and UA researchers, fostering innovative interdisciplinary research on global environmental challenges. For more information...



August 16, 2022

Sebastien Roux will become Senior Researcher ("Research Director) on October 1st, 2022. As a Senior Researcher, he joins the highest scientific rank given by CNRS following an intensely competitive yearly national application. He was tied in first place in section 36 “Sociology and Law Sciences”. Congratulations for this excellent result! An additional boost for the continuing research done at iGlobes in environmental social sciences.


Read Sebastien's bio and see his publications


Energy transitions and reconfigurations of socio-ecosystems

Credits: N. Montes de Oca, 2022
Credits: N. Montes de Oca, 2022

The ENERGON research project, funded by the CNRS and INEE through the Labex DRIIHM, is an interdisciplinary and multi-site project, which relies on the network of Human-Environment Observatory (OHM), in place since 2007. Led by the OHM of the Provence Mining Basin, the project’s objective is to question the conditions of energy transitions in 6 different observatories and locations.


If climate change is a major element of global proportio with local repercussions, the resulting injunction on energy transition is done in different manners, depending on the territory. Studies on the local impact of energy transitions are mainly very limited and sectorial in nature. The challenge of this project....Learn more


Hydeco, a new Labex DRIIHM project led by co-pi François-Michel Le Tourneau and David Blanchon, will be assessing the visible/invisible interface in the interplay between the social and environmental dimensions of socio-hydrosystems. Post-doc Anne-Lise Boyer directed a team of French students this  Spring to help gather data for this project. Learn more...


No kids, more life? On environmental concerns among childfree communities

Sebastien ROUX and Julien FIGEAC, No kids, more life? On environmental concerns among childfree communities, Mots. Les langages du politique [On line], 128 | 2022

Based on an ethnographic analysis of childfree communities, and on the lexographical processing of Internet posts, this paper analyses the evolution of speech about childlessness in the English-speaking world. Over the past dozen years, environmental fears have progressively emerged as a main concern among the Internet pages and groups that we studied. While childfree communities have been long divided between those who lament their infertility and those who defend a life without children, new “antinatalist” discourses have emerged that place population reduction as a legitimate political aim and/or a valid ethical proposition. Childfree life, seen as neither a curse nor an opportunity, tends to be more frequently associated with an altruistic decision in the face of impending ecological disasters. By describing these discourses, and retracing their evolution and distribution, this paper studies the emergence of new ethical concerns that defend childfree lives as an ecological choice and a new approach to population growth.