Socio-ecological systems: heritage, dynamics, management

Environment Management
Open to :
  • Applicants holding an undergraduate degree (Bachelor)
  • EU/EEA students
  • Non-European students
Language proficency requirements :
  • French: C1
  • English: B2
Year of study :
  • Master's degree (1st year)
  • Master's degree (2nd year)

    The Socio-ecological systems program offers a multidisciplinary training on the environment and its dynamics based on questions and skills developed in environmental geography but also in other disciplines in the field of environmental sciences: ecology, analysis of past and current physical environments, history, planning, anthropology, economics, law, communication, sociology.

    A program centered on the interface of nature-societies 

    • Analysis of socio-ecological systems with a focus on evolutionary trajectories, their measurement and their consideration in current environmental management
    • An enriched curriculum with lessons on landscapes, risks, natural resources, environmental history
    • A critical approach to the environment, its development and management

    Two thematic objectives

    • Spaces, protection, landscapes: spatial approaches to the environment (ecosystems and landscapes, conflicts and mediations, populations and local knowledge) on all scales and in diverse spaces of the North and South
    • Heritage, risks, erosions: temporal dimension (both chronological and sedimentary) of the environment, integrating inheritances, risks, impacts (and paleo-impacts), as well as the assessment of abiotic resources

    Academic project

    • A theoretical and reflective content on the environment and associated concepts (landscape, nature, protection, restoration, resilience, resources, management, communication ...)
    • Knowledge of the quaternary and contemporary dynamics of continental environments (processes, evolutions/changes, crises, modes of exploitation, methods of measurement and analysis)
    • Training in the management of current environments  (regulatory framework, policies, planning, foresight, diagnosis, management of physical and intangible resources, ecological economics, environmental economics)
    • Mastery of tools for the study, representation and management of space but also the acquisition of environmental information, their processing and their limits  (metrology, GIS, remote sensing, field, documentary databases, archives, modeling tools ...)

    Reaching out to non-European countries, this program also aims to interest students in other modes of management or conservation than those in France.

    Language of teaching

    90% of this program is in French, 10% in English.

    This training covers the following sectors of activity:

    • Public institutions and administrations in France or abroad (Parks, National Forest Inventory, Conservatories of Natural Areas, Departmental Directorates, Council of Architecture of Urban Planning and the Environment, European Community ...)
    • Local authorities (environmental and landscape services)
    • Trade unions (Great Sites of France, UNESCO Heritage, etc.)
    • National and international NGOs and associations working in the field of the environment
    • Higher education and research institutions or bodies
    • Design offices or expert firms (environmental and landscape assessment, impact studies / hazards, restoration or ecological / landscape requalification)
    • Companies or companies extracting raw materials (wood / rocks / mines...)
    • Professions of environmental animation / eco-awareness / scientific journalism

    A large range of careers and job profiles available:

    • Mission or project managers (trade unions, companies)
    • Experts or consultants in the field of the environment (design offices, NGOs)
    • Researchers or teacher-researchers (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement - IRD, Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement - CIRAD, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS, Universities...)
    • Directors of environmental services (local authorities, companies)
    • Science journalist or essayist

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