2022 News & Events

workshop on the hydeco project

June 24, 2022

Today's worshop which will take place at the Campus Condorcet in Aubervilliers, France, will focus on "Making visible the invisible: Tipping points, early warning systems and sentinel. Follow the session remotely: 


iGLOBEs members win 2 out of 3 prizes at the driihm conference

June 22, 2022


At the annual DRIIHM symposium which took place in Nantes, France this year, iGLOBES members won 2 out of the 3 poster prizes. Congratulations to Laetitia Balaresque and Gabriela de Carvalho Bezerra for winning the Young Researcher prize and to Fabrice Dubertret for the Scientific Council prize (accepted by François-Michel Le Tourneau)!

DRIIHM annual Symposium 2022

June 20-22, 2022

The annual DRIIHM 2022 symposium will take place in Nantes France from June 20-22. iGLOBES' OHMI project leaders, along with 7 interns will be participating in the event. Find out more about the event...

mutualism between ants and the barrel cactus

Valentin Brochet, a master's student at ENS, talks about the research he did during his Spring 2022 internship at the University of Arizona:


"The Tucson region is home to a unique cactus: the Fishhook barrel cactus, a plant specific to the Sonoran desert region. Its unique feature is the nectar that it produces year-round at the base of its thorns, attracting several species of ants who, on their end, protect the cactus from predators (mostly stink bugs); a quid pro quo that biologists call mutualism".....read more.

Ethnography of gun shooting: framing and modeling of an American cultural practice

Margaux Rolland is a master's student in sociology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Sarclay. She is doing an internship in Tucson on hunting in Arizona, the OHMI Pima County research project HUNT-AZ:

"According to several articles in hunting magazines, there are five typical-ideal stages that a hunter will go through. The first one is the “shooter” stage, where the joy of hunting is in using the gun and getting better at handling it. So, as a novice, I had to do a trip to the shooting range for our ethnographic study of hunters". Read more...

Energy transitions and reconfigurations of socio-ecosystems

Laetitia Balaresque is a master's student at ENS-Lyon and Gabriela de Carvalho at EHESS, and they are both in Tucson as part of the ENERGON project - Energy transitions and reconfigurations of socio-ecosystems.

In speaking with public and private groups and individuals, their goal is to observe and understand the process of local energy transition towards photovoltaic and solar energy. Arizona is known as the state with the most solar potential in the United States. As Tucson Electric Power (TEP), the major utility provider in Pima County, is committed to increasing their share of renewable energy in its electricity production from 20% today to 70% by 2035, questions remain on how this process will develop. As the regional population grows and climate change exerts its effects in an already very arid zone, the electricity consumption is expected to rise. The territorial, economic and social impacts of the expansion of solar energy and its weight in land dynamics will be more and more present and visible. In their fieldwork, they will study both the production of large solar farms and residential installations.

modeling of life in closed spaces

Elie Danziger is a visiting PhD student from the Collège de France who is at iGLOBES from February 20 to May 12, 2022.

The "lung" at Biosphere 2, University of Arizona
The "lung" at Biosphere 2, University of Arizona

"My project focuses on the modelling of life in closed spaces, and I am conducting fieldwork to compare the way scientists and engineers conceive of and fabricate closed systems across different labs such as the Ecotrons in Europe and Biosphere 2 (B2) which I am currently investigating here in the Sonoran desert. My day-to-day ethnographic endeavor consists mostly in helping out and shadowing as many scientists and technicians as possible, in order to get a sense of the choices that are made in the maintenance of ecological systems that are situated on a gradient, from the most to the less closed." Read further...

Last session of iglobes seminar series

May 11, 2022 11am-4pm


The last session of the Spring iGLOBES series will feature:


1) Eugenie Clement, Doctoral student in anthropology on "Anti-capitalism and environmental struggles: water ties in the negotiations, tensions and mobilizations in and around the Navajo Nation”

2) Margaux Rolland and Sebastien Roux on "Hunting, fishing and ecology? Hunting – a challenging practice in Pima County (OHMI HUNTAZ project)

3) Sarah Mazouz, CNRS researcher in sociology on "How to integrate race and gender issues in social sciences' field work"

Learn more about Sarah on her Profile page and her latest publications.

where are we going?

May 9, 2022 at 4pm

In this period of intense geopolitical upheaval in Europe and around the world, Night of Ideas will invite researchers, writers, artist and community leaders to question the theme Where Are We Going? This year, the 250+ speakers and performers, including musician, author, and poet Patti Smith, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, Goncourt Prize-winning Franco-Moroccan novelist Leïla Slimani, French sociologist and anthropologist Bruno Latour, and many more, will participate in a nocturnal marathon of philosophical debates, performances, readings and more, taking place this May in a record-breaking 19 US cities. Learn more...


Night of ideas - Tucson will have a conference-debate on Contemporary Social and Environmental Challenges at the University of Arizona, 1306 E. University Blvd. S107 in ENR2, Tucson , AZ on May 9 at 4pm.

Science and technology studies monthly meeting

May 6, 2022 10am-1pm

ENR2 conference room S107


Elie Danzinger, PhD student in anthropology at EHESS, will be one of the presenters at the Graduate Student Conference on. His research is on "An anthropological approach to the modeling of life in closed systems". Lunch provided! See more...

an anthropological approach to the modeling of life in closed systems

May 4, 2022 12-2pm

Marshall building room 531


The next talk of the Spring iGLOBES series will be given by Elie Danzinger, PhD student in anthropology at EHESS on the topic of "An anthropological approach to the modeling of life in closed systems". 


Bring your lunch and we will provide coffee and dessert!  

Wednesday SEMINAR: manufacturing the local by placing history

Kansas Historical Society's newspaper stack room, Topeka, Kansas (Topeka: KSHS, 1903)
Kansas Historical Society's newspaper stack room, Topeka, Kansas (Topeka: KSHS, 1903)

April 27, 2022 11-1 pm

Marshall building room 531


The next talk of the Spring iGLOBES series will be given by Emmanuel Falguieres, PhD student in history on the topic of "Manufacturing the local by placing history: the American historical  profession, the local historians and the Great Plains". 


Bring your lunch and we will provide coffee and dessert!  See list of future talks...

Wednesday SEMINAR: the future of renewable energy in tucson

April 20, 2022 12-2 pm

Marshall building room 531

The next talk of the Spring iGLOBES series will be given by Laetitia Balaresque and Gabriela de Carvalho Bezerra, master's students in environmental studies in France on the ENERGON project, "The future of renewable energy in Tucson: discourses, challenges, realities". 

Bring your lunch and we will provide coffee and dessert!  

See list of future talks...

field trip to asarco copper mine

April 14, 2022


The 14 team members of iGLOBES went for a tour of Asarco Copper Mine in Sahuarita. We learned how copper is extracted and partially refined before being sent to Mexico then Texas for the final results. The trucks carrying the earth were impressive (the tires are 12 feet tall) and so was the excavated mine...

Wednesday SEMINAR: constructions, trajectories and uses of geographic knowledge in french guiana and inini

April 13, 2022 11am-1pm

Marshall building room 531

The next talk of the Spring iGLOBES series will be given by Victor Campolo, a master's student in historical anthropology at EHESS in France on "From sky to earth, from field to texts. Constructions, trajectories and uses of geographic knowledge in Guiana and Inini". Presentation will be in French.

Bring your lunch and we will provide coffee and dessert!  

See list of future talks...


On Thursday, April 7, a group of French interns headed to the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area for a one-day field trip organized by OHMI Pima County co-director Larry Fisher. The first stop was at the Helvetia Lookout to talk about the environmental impact of the Rosemont mine project at the root of the creation of the OHMI Pima County. Students then got the opportunity to learn more about the environmental health of intermittent streams in Southern Arizona. In the Sonoran Desert, intermittent streams are essential for sustaining biodiversity (e.g., riparian forest, Chiricahua frogs, a wide variety of birds, etc.). Affected by strong connection/ disconnection processes, these streams are the heart of the Labex DRIIHM research program HYDECO.

great weather for hiking!

April 4, 2022


The whole iGLOBES team headed out for a hike at Madera Canyon. What a surprise to find a whole different ecosystem...

BBCS Virtual Webinar "Global Prosperity in the Face of Climate Change: In Pursuit of a Sustainable Future"

April 8, 2022 at 8am in Arizona

Bridging Biodiversity and Conservation Science (BBCS) is an interdisciplinary research collaborative of the Arizona Institutes for Resilience at The University of Arizona. This year’s BBCS webinar is intended to approach the issue of global sustainable development in the face of climate change and natural degradation from the standpoint of harmonious co-existence of the natural ecosystems. See list of speakers and register...

A look at the interplay of social & environmental DIMENSIONS of socio-hydrosystems

April 6, 2022 11am-1pm

Marshall building room 531

The first Wednesday talk of the Spring iGLOBES series will be on the Hydeco projet: The relationship between societies and their hydrosystems can be understood as a series of connections and disconnections that occur in all domains and dimensions . 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.

Bring your lunch and we will provide coffee and dessert!  

See list of future talks...

ENERGON: Energy transitions and socio-ecosystems reconfigurations

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. Learn more...

iGLOBES brown bag series

Wednesdays from 11am-1pm, April 6 to May 18, 2022

Marshall building room 531

Come join us for this new series, organized by Sebastien Roux, CNRS researcher and Deputy Director of iGLOBES. The March 30 session had to be cancelled because of Covid. The sessions will start on April 6 with a presentation on the Hydeco projet. Bring your lunch and we will provide coffee and dessert! 

See list of presentations and download flyer...

Hunting in the desert: assessing the form and use of kite-like structures in the western Sahara

March 31, 2022

Laetitia Balaresque, a master's student in environmental studies at ENS Lyon and currently doing an internship at iGLOBES, recently published an article:

Barge, O., Balaresque, L., Baudoin, J., Boelke, M., & Derrien, L. (2022). Hunting in the desert: Assessing the form and use of kite-like structures in the western Sahara. Antiquity, 1-8. doi:10.15184/aqy.2022.35


Nearly 500 kite-like structures have recently been discovered in the western Sahara using high resolution satellite images. Although four distinct types with different morphologies have been distinguished, their characteristics, topographical location and orientation in the landscape indicate that they are all most likely hunting traps.

sustainable landscapes expo

March 19, 2022


iGLOBES interns, Laetitia Balaresque, Louise Biville, Manon Delegue and Coline Clergeau Laurans, learn more about land & resource management at the Sustainable Landscapes expo.

the "french in the desert" participate in the 100k strong project

March 15-16, 2022


For two days, the Hydeco project interns, Coline Clergeau Laurans, Manon Delegue and Gregoire Rame, were able to join the Mexican delegation from the University of Sonora, hosted by the University of Arizona as part of the "100K Strong Project" exchange program. Coordinated by Adriana Zuniga, the various speakers addressed the theme of green infrastructure and the solutions it offers in urban environments located in arid areas.  Nicknamed "The French in the desert", the interns had the opportunity to follow the delegation to the Heritage and Sweetwater projects, led by Tucson Water, which were studied as part of their research.  


Title : Losing Worlds. On Affectivity in the Time of Environmental Damage and Ecopolitical Resistance

Deadline:  March 21, 2022 (6pm EST)


How are those concerned by environmental destruction experiencing loss-related emotions? How are regimes of affectivity related to sadness and despair – but also hope – socially distributed and culturally expressed? And how, and to what extent, do these feelings fuel alternative political action?

Participate in the panel discussion led by Jean Chamel (Université de Lausanne) and Sebastien Roux (CNRS) that will take place at the EASA 2022 conference in Belfast. Learn more and propose a paper.

Frédéric Worms is the new director of ens-psl, one of iglobes' trustees

March 16, 2022

Both a French grande école and a university, the École normale supérieure (ENS) has been training through research senior executives of public administrations, French and European companies, and research professors since 1794 and is ranked internationally in the top 3.

Frédéric Worms is a professor in contemporary philosophy at ENS, where he was Deputy Director since september 2015. He is the Director of the Centre international d'étude de la philosophie française contemporaine and a member of the Comité consultatif national d'éthique. He was nominated by the French government as Director of ENS on March 12, 2022 and will begin his 5 year tenure on March 16. Learn more (in French)...

an outing in the santa catalina mountains

March 12, 2022


Larry Fisher, co-director of the Observatory and Professor at the University of Arizona, took all (eleven!) students currently present at iGLBOES on a hike in the Santa Catalina Mountains, on the Finger Rock Trail. After climbing among the saguaros, they could see the city spread out below and in the foreground, on the west, the Tucson Mountains.

30% by 2030. conserving our shared lands

March 14, 2022 from 6-7:30pm

Location : Desert Laboratory Boat House at the base of Tumamoc Hill


Don't miss out on this great event with leading experts from France and our region who will discuss how to achieve protection of 30% of our land and seas by 2030. Speakers will be:

Dr. Hélène Soubelet, Director of the French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB)

Mr. Cyrille Barnerias, Director of European and International Relations at the French Biodiversity Agency (OFB)

Dr. Alberto Burquez, Senior Scientist, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Ms. Nicole Fyffe, Assistant to the County Administrator, Pima County


And opening remarks by:

Dr. Stéphane Raud, Attaché for Science and Technology, French Embassy in the U.S.

Dr. Joaquin Ruiz, Vice President of Global Environmental Futures

Dr. Regis Ferriere, Director, Interdisciplinary Global Environmental Studies (iGLOBES)

Dr. Benjamin Wilder, Director, Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill


March 10, 2022


Today's workshop, organized by Anne-Lise Boyer, was focused on the DRIIHM research projects HYDECO and ENERGON. Presentations included:

  • Anne-Lise Boyer, HYDECO project - Processes of connections/disconnections in socio-hydrosystems: assessing the visible/invisible interface in the interplay between the social and environmental dimensions of socio-hydrosystems
  • Nina Montes de Oca, ENERGON project - Energy transitions and reconfigurations of socio-ecosystems
  • Larry Fisher & Adriana Zuniga, Environmental issue in the Santa Cruz River watershed
  • Claire Néel, The paradoxes of restoring a dry river in the southwestern US - the case of the Santa Cruz
  • Brian O'Neill, An ethnography approach to water issues in the Southwestern US

CNRS' first international research center is based at the university of arizona

Robert C. Robbins, UA President and Antoine Petit, CNRS Chairman & CEO
Robert C. Robbins, UA President and Antoine Petit, CNRS Chairman & CEO

February 28 to March 2, 2022


CNRS' first international research center (IRC) was established at the University of Arizona and is called the France-Arizona Institute for Global Grand Challenges. A significant delegation of CNRS, including Chairman and CEO Antoine Petit, came to Tucson to discuss next steps after this first successful year. Read further:

"En Arizona, le premier IRC du CNRS est un succès", Journal du CNRS

"Members of France-Arizona Institute for Global Grand Challenges convene in Tucson to reflect on partnership's first year", UA News


Deadline:  February 24, 2022

Project launch: September/October 2022

Maximum of $20 000 for 2 years per project


The Thomas Jefferson Fund supports cooperation among French and American researchers, and fosters research on the most pressing global challenges. Open to all disciplines and to interdisciplinary STEM-Humanities/Social Sciences projects.


The most innovative projects involving transatlantic mobility, collaborative research activities, organization of joint workshops or conferences, publication of joint articles, and participation of younger researchers (PhDs) will receive the highest priority. Proposals must be jointly submitted by one American researcher and one French researcher, with mid- to longterm positions at a research or higher education institution in the United States or in France (post-doctorate level, assistant or associate professor, maître de conférences or chargé de recherche). 


The grant covers travel expenses between France and the US, accommodation costs and a part of the organizational costs of joint conferences or publications. Partner researchers are encouraged to obtain « in kind » and/or « in cash » co-funding from their institutions or from other sources of funding to cover all other types of expenses necessary to the successful implementation of the joint research project. Apply here.

is international adoption a thing of the past?

January 21, 2022

© Shutterstock /Africa Studio
© Shutterstock /Africa Studio

CNRS researcher Sebastien Roux's new book, Sang d’encre. Enquête sur la fin de l’adoption internationale, takes a look at the decline in international adoption.

In France, there were only 244 international adoptions in 2020. Stricter government policies, increase in contraception options, better fertility techniques...different factors come into play. Several scandals have also put a black mark on the history of international adoption. Tragic consequences for the children and their families, but also for future adoptive parents. How does the international adoption procedure work?

Sebastien was interviewed on the French radio station, rfi. Listen to the podcast (in French).


Deadline: January 24, 2022 at 23:59 Paris time (3:59pm Arizona time).

The French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the University of Arizona are leaders and long-time partners in research addressing grand challenges of global societal relevance. To foster and expand research cooperation, the two institutions are partnering as a new International Research Center: FRANCE-ARIZONA INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL GRAND CHALLENGES. This 2nd Call for Proposals issued by the IRC program aims at supporting outstanding collaborative projects in all disciplines. Get more details and apply 

sebastien roux presents his book on the french radio station FRANCE INTER

January 8, 2022


Sebastien talks about his recently published  book, Sang d’encre. Enquête sur la fin de l’adoption internationale, in which he discusses the steady decrease in international adoptions.

Listen to the podcast of the January 8 show at 28:08 minutes (in French).


Deadline: January 7

iGLOBES director Regis Ferriere is a Scientific Committee Member for the forthcoming Winter School "Quantitative Viral Dynamics Across Scales", to be held in Paris from March 21-25, 2022.


The deadline for application is approaching: January 7. All information on the school program and application process is HERE. Note that applicants can request funding for travel." 

sebastien roux, deputy director of iglobes & cnrs researcher, publishes a book

January 6, 2022

Sebastien's new book, Sang d’encre. Enquête sur la fin de l’adoption internationale, published today by Vendémiaire, takes a look at international adoption.


The rate of children adopted from overseas has decreased by over 90% in France since the middle of the 2000s. Unreported in the news, international adoption is quietly dying. After flourishing at the start of the millennium, with parents wishing for children and overpopulated orphanages, what happened?

Going from local adoption agencies to Ethiopian orphanages, from France to Asia, Sebastien led an investigation for over 10 years among social workers, young adoptees, potential parents, pediatricians, mediators, and also diplomats and NGOs... Shaking our preconceived notions, he brings to light the positions that seem to perversely condemn international adoption, the quest for moralization and the constant focus on the children's well-being. Plunging into the depths of a hidden phenomena, revealing the modern changes in our views on parenting and - with today's heightened recognition of different types of families and the increase in available reproductive technologies - the unexpected importance of blood relations.

Linking acoustic diversity to compositional and configurational heterogeneity in mosaic landscapes

January 4, 2022


There is a long-standing quest in landscape ecology for holistic biodiversity metrics accounting for multi-taxa diversity in heterogeneous habitat mosaics. Passive acoustic monitoring of biodiversity may provide integrative indices allowing to investigate how soundscapes are shaped by compositional and configurational heterogeneity of mosaic landscapes.

There is a long-standing quest in landscape ecology for holistic biodiversity metrics accounting for multi-taxa diversity in heterogeneous habitat mosaics. Passive acoustic monitoring of biodiversity may provide integrative indices allowing to investigate how soundscapes are shaped by compositional and configurational heterogeneity of mosaic landscapes. The effects of dominant habitat and landscape heterogeneity on acoustic diversity indices were tested across a large range of mosaic landscapes from two long-term socio-ecological research areas in Occitanie, France and Arizona, USA.

We found that acoustic diversity was correlated more with configurational than compositional heterogeneity in both regions, with contrasting effects explained by the interplay between biogeography and land use history. We suggest that multiple acoustic indices are needed to properly account for complex responses of soundscapes to large-scale habitat heterogeneity in mosaic landscapes.

The article was published on January 4, 2022 in Landscape Ecology by Springer. Authors: Barbaro, L., Sourdril, A., Froidevaux, J.S.P. et al. Article available here

A GET TOGETHER BETWEEN the university of arizona AND france

January 3, 2022


Another step in solidifying the fruitful collaboration between the University of Arizona and France, thanks to CNRS' presence and investment in the scientific community and the students of both countries. The UA Presidency welcomed the French Ambassador and the General Council to the United States on January 3rd, 2022.

©Matthias Carette - Courtesy of the French Consulate in Los Angeles

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