David Blanchon
Pima county in transition : Transition écologique et justice environnementale dans le Comté de Pima, Arizona, USA.
A travers le projet « Pima county in transition : Transition écologique et justice environnementale dans le Comté de Pima » (PIM-IT), notre ambition est de considérer dans un même mouvement deux approches le plus souvent considérées comme étrangères l’une à l’autre- la transition écologique et la justice environnementale -, à travers des études de cas dans le comté de Pima, situé à l’extrême sud de l’Arizona.
Ce projet s’articule autour de deux enjeux de recherche. Premièrement, au niveau local, il s’agit de décrire et de comprendre les figures de la transition écologique dans le comté de Pima, et de voir comment elles s’articulent avec les questions de justice environnementale. Deuxièmement, il nous faudra construire un cadre théorique de réflexion qui permette de considérer dans le même temps les notions de transition écologique et de justice environnementale.
Type de projet
Projet OHM
OHM(s) concerné(s)
  • Pima County
Anthropologie, Géographie, Socio-anthropologie


David Blanchon, a professor in Geography at the Paris Nanterre University, has been working for many years on issues of water management, mainly with his IUF project “Hydrosystems and Hydropolitics in Africa”. He is a founding member of the Res-Eaux network (https://reseaux.parisnanterre.fr/). While his research is mostly located in Africa, he has also published theoretical articles and organized international conferences such as the International Seminar on Science and ‘Engagement’ in Water Studies. David is newly interested in the USA, but he is familiar with the culture and literature since stays at Yale as a lecturer in 1997-98, and at Berkeley during his IUF fellowship (2013). Lately, he has been an active member of the Panel on Ecological Solidarity organized by the French Ministry of Ecological and Fair Transition and the National Agency for Biodiversity.


Stéphane,Frédéric Tonnelat,KECK
Stéphane Tonnelat is a research faculty with CNRS and the director of the UMR LAVUE research Center at the University Paris Nanterre. He has been leading ethnographic fieldwork in an array of public spaces both in Paris and New York City, ranging from urban wastelands, publics parks, squares, ferries to subways. His most recent book, with William Kornblum, is an ethnography of the 7 train in Queens, NYC, published by Columbia University Press (2017). He is also editor for the online bilingual journal www.metropolitics.org . Stéphane has encountered environmental issues through his fieldwork, notably when he worked with a ANR (French NSF) funded team on the “Publics of Reconstruction in New Orleans after Katrina.” He is now conducting fieldwork on social movements aimed at protecting agricultural land at the fringes of the Paris metropolitan area.
Stéphane,Frédéric Tonnelat,KECK
Frederic Keck is director of research and pedagogy at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. He has published many works on the history of French anthropology and its relationship with philosophy (Comte, Lévy-Bruhl, Durkheim, Bergson, Lévi-Strauss). He has also worked with Paul Rabinow on the concept of biopower. He has lead ethnographic fieldwork on sanitary crises caused by animal diseases: EBS, SARS, and avian and porcine flu. At the crossroads of history of science, sociology of risk and anthropology of nature, his recent work examines how notions of “biosecurity” are applied to humans and animals and how they lead to forecasts about future sanitary and ecological crises.