CNRS-UArizona International Research Laboratory iGlobes

lnterdisciplinary Global Environmental Studies

Participants (FR) : CNRS

Participants (US) : University of Arizona (Arizona)

IRL iGLOBES – lnterdisciplinary Global Environmental Studies – is an interdisciplinary research center located at the University of Arizona (UA), associated with the Biosphere 2 Institute within the University’s Research Vice Presidency.
iGLOBES’ mission is to catalyze innovative interdisciplinary research on global environmental challenges. To this end, the IRL focuses on developing and strengthening partnerships between American and French researchers in the social and environmental sciences in the broadest sense.
At the heart of the IRL program are issues related to conflict, cooperation and adaptation of populations around natural resources in extreme environments. The projects thus developed are set in the arid, cross-border context that characterizes southeastern Arizona.
The collaborations launched and supported by iGLOBES involve numerous French laboratories and numerous departments and research centers at the University of Arizona, including the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, the Arizona Institute for Resilient Environment and Societies and the Arizona Data Science Institute, the Schools of Geography & Development, Information, Natural Resources and the Environment, Government and Public Policy, and the Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Materials Science and Engineering, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, and Astronomy.

Directly linked to the graduate programs of the Université Paris Sciences & Lettres (PSL), the IRL iGLOBES is exploring new research fronts with teams from Biosphere 2, the Desert Laboratory (Tumamoc Hill) and the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, the Ecosystem Genomics Initiative, the Applied Mathematics program and the Astrobiology Center.

Current IRL iGLOBES projects are of particular interest to sociologists, geographers, anthropologists, ecologists and astrophysicists. They cover four main fields:

  • Problems of cooperation, conflict and water policy in the arid regions of the Americas.
  • Governance of natural resources in sparsely populated regions of the Americas.
  • Analysis of ecological, behavioral and societal adaptations to climate change.
  • Anthropological and ethnological analysis of societies’ relationship with life and nature.

iGLOBES is also home to the Observatoire Hommes-Milieux International (OHMI) “Pima County”, a member of the Observatoire Hommes-Milieux network created as part of the LABEX DRIIHM. OHMI’s research focuses on the interaction of multiple stakeholders and levels of public policy decision-making in the management of irreversible environmental transformations affecting the Sonoran ecosystem.

The IRL iGLOBES supports several major externally-funded projects, including GUYINT (Agence Nationale de la Recherche), aimed at analyzing the governance of sparsely populated areas on the Guiana Plateau, with a view to a comparative approach with the “great spaces” of the American West; and Dimensions of Biodiversity (National Science Foundation), focused on the multi-scale evolutionary mechanisms of biodiversity response to disturbance. Finally, through the new international links it is forging between ecology, astrophysics and anthropology, iGLOBES is playing an active part in PSL University’s strategic inter-disciplinary research initiative “Origins and Conditions of the Appearance of Life”.

  • The University of Arizona


  • Director, Sébastien Roux
  • Director, Régis Ferrière


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