Welcome to IGLOBES

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...



iglobes 2023 social sciences seminar series starts on wednesday february 1

Date of 1st session: February 1, 2023

Time: 1-2pm

Location: Marshall building, 845 N Park Avenue 5th floor Marshall building room 531

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Alpine regions, known as the “water tower of Europe”, are particularly affected by climate change (Hock et al. 2019): as water scarcity episodes become more frequent, water use conflicts emerge in specific places and times. This illustrates the need to find solutions that are not only corrective and punctual to sustainably articulate water resources and uses. 

The objective of this research is to question the capacity of common management (Ostrom 1990), and more specifically of commoning (Linebaugh 2008), for the definition of “securing water paths” i.e. sustainable and adaptive scenarios articulating water-related uses, resources and infrastructures in the Vercors High Plateaux Nature Reserve (French Alps), a 17,000 ha protected area, where landscapes have been shaped to a large extent by age-old pastoralist activity (e.g. opening up of landscapes). By referring to a “social-ecological economics of water” (Buchs et al. 2020) and to mixed analytical-deliberative methods (Allain and Salliou, 2022), we developed a collaborative research to reveal pluralism within the common. Qualitative and quantitative data collection is coupled with the Q methodology (Grimsrud et al. 2020). Three visions of the common expressed by water users are then translated into scenarios.

Arnaud Buchs is an Associate Professor at the School of Political Studies, Grenoble Applied Economy Lab, University Grenoble Alpes. His research articulates an approach at the crossroads of ecological economics and institutional economics and is based on several research fields (Spain, Morocco, Switzerland, Australia, French Alps). He focuses on the analysis of change, diversity and complexity of institutions that govern water resources and their uses. He has developed a comprehensive approach to water scarcity and, since 2020, has initiated research on the common management of water resources in the French Alps. He is the co-editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal Développement durable & territoires [Sustainability & territories] and co-director of the master’s program Transition écologiques [Ecological transitions].

Biosphere 2 annual symposium

Date: January 21, 2023

Time: 8am – 6pm

Where: Health Sciences Innovation Building 100B and online (TBA)

Registration is free but required here


Opportunities for Research, Education and Entrepreneurship at Biosphere 2:  Finding Solutions for Resilience on Earth and Beyond

The University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 (B2) is a unique and irreplaceable tool for research and education focused on understanding the impacts of climate change, biodiversity loss and sustainable development and for developing solutions that make environments and societies more resilient to these global challenges.  The B2 annual symposium will highlight the unique aspects of B2 and its value to UA, the international research community, and the broader society.  Sessions will include overviews of ongoing research and opportunities for new collaborations for researchers and faculty, highlights of the exciting educational and internship opportunities for students, poster sessions, and introductions to the entrepreneurial activities based at B2.  Preliminary schedule is available here.  


studying pima county soundscapes

Visiting researchers Anne Sourdril and Luc Barbaro made the front page of the Green Valley News on their OHMI project SONATAS – Listening to the SOunds of NATure to understAnd environmental changeS. 

The multidisciplinary research OHMI project aims at grasping (i) how local communities and people perceive their landscapes and ecosystems in a context of strong mutations of societies and their environment; and (ii) how they think about adaptation to environmental changes through their immediate sound environments, or soundscapes. The project is located in Pima County which is confronted with multiple sociological and environmental changes, including climate warming, water scarcity and uncontrolled urbanization. Sonatas aims to understand through sounds experiences and perceptions how the environment is locally conceived by local communities and whether it is seen as changing or immuable. Our objective is to explore how different types of ecological knowledge coexist within those communities in the context of major mutations and how people could collaborate together to face those changes.

Climate change and impact on behavior

Credit: Anne-Lise Boyer
Credit: Anne-Lise Boyer

Financed by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) with the support of the ANR project led by Sabrina Teyssier, Boris Wieczorek’s doctoral thesis “Changing norms and disparity when confronted with climate change” is looking at how social norms can be used as a mechanism to promote cooperation between individuals in situations where personal and community interests are in conflict, with a specific focus on environments that are threatened by climate change.


Two research laboratories are involved in Boris’ project: Grenoble Applied Economics Laboratory (GAEL, France) and Interdisciplinary Global Environmental Studies (iGLOBES, University of Arizona). After researching behavior changes in controlled environments, the project is now concentrating on water issues in the Tucson region.

Energy transitions and reconfigurations of socio-ecosystems

Credit: N. Montes de Oca, 2022
Credit: 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, at the heart of the OHMs, is to go beyond this barrier, by intersecting social, technical and environmental dimensions specific to each socio-ecosystem. Learn more...


The relationship between societies and their hydrosystems can be understood as a series of connections and disconnections that occur in all domains (e.g., hydrological, geomorphological, ecological, etc.) and dimensions (e.g, longitudinal, vertical, lateral). The use of watercourses and water resources creates material and symbolic connections which leads water stakeholders to also consider the sociological and political, aesthetic and spiritual dimensions of the socio-hydrosystem. However, the development of physical (e.g, dams) and social  infrastructures (e.g, waterbodies are so artificialized that local residents forget about their existence) generates important disconnections. As a result, recent water and environmental policies emphasize the importance of connectivity between the various elements and compartments of socio-hydro-systems and focus especially on reconnection at all levels. Learn more...


DID CLIMATE CHANGE kill life on mars?

October 10, 2022

Credits: Boris Sauterey and Regis Ferrière
Credits: Boris Sauterey and Regis Ferrière

Regis Ferriere, Director of iGLOBES,  Boris Sauterey, Benjamin Charnay, Antonin Affholder and Stephane Mazeret just published an article in Nature Astronomy, "Early Mars habitability and global cooling by H2-based methanogens" :

"We find that subsurface habitability was very likely, and limited mainly by the extent of surface ice coverage. Biomass productivity could have been as high as in the early Earth’s ocean. However, the predicted atmospheric composition shift caused by methanogenesis would have triggered a global cooling event, ending potential early warm conditions, compromising surface habitability and forcing the biosphere deep into the Martian crust..." 

Daniel Stolte  of University Communications wrote an article in UA News under the title "Life may have thrived on early Mars, until it drove climate change that caused its demise".

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.