Projects funded by the Center

As part of its annual thematic call for projects, the Earth Politics Center funded seven interdisciplinary research projects.

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Terra Forma, Eric Gayer, UP (IPGP)

Scientific and technical objectives of the proposal :

  • Introduce, debate and argue the notion of cosmopolitics and cosmopolitical maps in the politics of the earth;
  • Produce, organize and analyze qualitative data from the different specialized research groups;
  • Translate, visualize, share these data using the models previously developed in the book Terra Forma, thus to organize them and to be able to explain and communicate them to a wider audience.
Creation, Joanne Clavel, CNRS-UP

Creation questions the production of knowledge at the interface between inhabitants, academic and artistic institutions, in order to accompany the emergence of new collaborative practices on the territories and contribute to urgent ecological transitions. The construction of arts-science projects allows to combine a diversity of points of view and knowledge, and to articulate reasoning, observations, affects and imaginations. It will be a question of questioning the possibilities of knowing through the sensitive and of giving to know through emotions. We are developing two arts-sciences devices in urban and rural territories, inviting the participation of the inhabitants through art. A collaborative writing workshop will draw a portrait of the Critical Zone. The comparison of the three devices seems to us fertile to conceive reciprocal interactions between artistic, academic and inhabitant practices carrying a diversity of knowledge. Each of the three projects will feed in its own way during the meetings of the research group three axes of reflection:

  • Epistemology of knowledge and plurality of points of view
  • Artistic mediation and creativity
  • Public Policy and Diversity of Audiences
Data Valorization, Maryline Specht, UP

The project focuses on the mission of science support to public policy, whether it be on the observation and monitoring of phenomena, the realization of methodological studies and syntheses, independent expertise and capitalization, training and knowledge transfer, or the dissemination of knowledge. For a better consideration of scientific data in crisis management, the scientific question raised is that of the analysis of scientific and technical data for an optimal reading and appropriation by public authorities in crisis management situations. From scientific data to political and strategic decision-making: what transformations of data are possible?

Survey on interdisciplinarity in research and higher education in ecology, Magali Ader, UP (IPGP)

The current and future socio-climatic upheavals impose profound and multiple transformations on all our societies. In this context, spaces for the training of future generations as well as spaces for scientific research are becoming increasingly important in the face of the necessary cultural and political revolution that faces us: analyzing and thinking about these upheavals while preparing for them collectively appears to be the challenge of our time. These new relationships that science and society must weave with the Earth are particularly embodied in ecology, a scientific and political movement that constantly straddles the dualisms on which Modernity is based. In higher education, anteroom of the training of professors, ecology and its methods – via the ecological humanities in particular – are reconfiguring a very large number of research fields. Thus, a critical understanding of the place of interdisciplinarity in higher education and research in ecology seems to be a fundamental step towards an alternative understanding of the interdependencies between nature and society (the way in which problems are posed) and towards the structuring of pedagogical training that is commensurate with this paradigm shift (the way in which these new problems are addressed).

This inquiry project on interdisciplinarity in ecological research and higher education is based on three sets of objectives – reflexive, educational and prospective.

Meth’InTerE, Pascal Grouiez, UP

The objective of the Meth’InTerE project (Methanisation, Innovations and Ecological Territories), is to undertake an interdisciplinary approach associating researchers from the social sciences (economics, geography and political science) and experimental sciences (biology and chemistry) in order to identify the technological, economic, geographical and political levers to be activated in order to propose innovative solutions to the contradictions of French methanisation between the process of industrialisation and the maintenance of its green energy character.

MAY'VOLCANO, Marion Le Texier, CIST et Maud Devès, UP (IPGP)

The MAY’VOLCANO project (The birth of a volcano: from the natural phenomenon to the public event) aims to analyze the context of production, dissemination and reception of scientific data, methods and results during a sudden environmental crisis: the birth of a new volcano off the coast of Mayotte. More specifically, we propose to compare the constituent elements of scientific evidence and uncertainty with those reported in the local and national press as well as in the official communication of public authorities.
The scientific questions raised by the project are plural: how do the media and the public authorities in charge of risk access the scientific elements? How do they understand them? How do they filter them and translate them to the public? Do interactions with the media and public authorities influence scientific work? More generally, is the history of the birth of the volcano reconstructed in the same way, according to the same chronology, by the three sets of actors?