Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Research Team

Franck Poupeau

Team Leader

His research has developed at the intersection of the sociology of urban segregation and the political analysis of social movements. After a post-doctoral study of school choice practices and urban segregation in Paris and its suburbs, he studied the struggles for access to natural resources – water in particular – and utility providers, in the context of expanding areas of poverty in Andean cities. This work upon inequality of access to water in urban peripheries in Bolivia constituted the first step of a larger multidisciplinary project focusing on the conditions of political mobilization in urban areas, which articulated variables usually considered separately by the social science disciplines (anthropology, urban geography, political science, management of urban services, etc.). This multi-level approach showed how the provision of water services contributed to shaping urban space. The elaboration of a model integrating both social and spatial variables made it possible to obtain a two-dimensional perspective of the neighbourhoods: an indicator of spatial accessibility to services and an indicator of socio-economic integration.

Murielle Coeurdray

Murielle Coeurdray is a visiting research scholar in sociology and political science at the UMI/IGlobes. Before joining the UMI, she worked in Berlin at the Centre Marc Bloch where she investigated the relationship between French water providers and German local councils in the aftermath of the fall of Berlin wall. Her current research work is focused on providing a better understanding of the way environmental concerns arise and are being processed in Arizona. Her aim is to contribute to a sociological analysis of environmental politics and policies being carried out in this American southwestern state in which water management  is a thorny issue. Her perspective as a sociologist and political scientist is complementary to the hydrological and geographical research work by adding a social dimension to the spatial modeling and remote sensing analysis techniques which are being used to produce aggregate data at the level of watershed basin.  In the coming months, she will be presenting her research work on Tucson area in Spain and in UK as part of international conferences on environmental conflicts.

Stuart Marsh

Expert in the assessment of surface environmental conditions utilizing advanced remote sensing and geographic information systems and application of these technologies to address impacts of land use and land cover changes and environmental degradation.

Gloria Salmoral

Forest Engineer from the University of Córdoba (Spain). Since 2010 she has been a junior researcher at the Water Observatory of the Botín Foundation, with her work place at the CEIGRAM (Research Centre for the Management of Agricultural and Environmental Risks). She has been working on the Water Footprint assessment of agricultural products and regions. Currently, she is carrying out her PhD studies regarding the implications of the European Agricultural Policy and land use/land cover changes on water availability and quality in Spain.

Graciela Schneier-Madanes

Expert in urban water planning and governance. She is leading currently 2 CNRS research networks «rés-eauville» (Urban Water research Network » (19 French research Units) and the International research Network on « Governance of Water in the Americas » (France, USA, Chile, Argentina). She has lad the 1st PIC ERASMUS of her Université Paris 3 (1992) and the Partners University Fund Program with CNRS / UA (2009-12)

Aleix Serrat-Capdevilla

Aleix is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Arizona, a member of the International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM-UNESCO), and a member of the NASA-SERVIR Applied Sciences Team. He is also currently collaborating with other organizations such as the Institute of Water Resources of the US Army Corps of Engineers (IWR-USACE), the World Bank, the GWADI Program of UNESCO, the Southwest Climate Science Center (USGS), the National Science Foundation, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA). Aleix’s interests lie in bridging the gap between scientific research and the transfer of new findings and science applications towards real-world water management challenges. His main interests include participatory planning and management approaches; climate change impacts on regional water budgets and adaptation strategies; how to handle uncertainty and inform human adaptation; water policy; and use of satellite precipitation products and other remote sensing data for water monitoring and forecasting in poorly gauged basins. His main projects focus on the use of remote sensing data for hydrologic applications to support water related decision-making, mostly in African basins. He was recently awarded the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service for his “key role in helping ICIWaRM fulfill its mission in service of UNESCO and the US (2009-2014)”.