Principal investigator

Assistant professor at the Center for History at Sciences Po

Research Fields: Urban environmental history, Disaster history, Water and river history, Energy history, Coastal history, History of Anthropocene, History of environmental knowledge


Over the last few years, I have become increasingly interested in coastal history. I look at how the unstable geomorphology of these environments has become the object of increasingly audacious stabilization attempts, which have contributed to the geological transformations of the Anthropocene. I have explored these questions first within the framework of the project MEDCOAST, which I lead as Excellence Chair in Environmental History between 2016 and 2018. This project has led me to research the history of the Mission Racine, a pharaonic state plan for the development of tourism along the western coast of Mediterranean France, and that of the Conservatoire du Littoral, a French institution established in the 1970s and devoted to the protection of coastal environments. I have explored these topics in articles published in Humanities and Le Mouvement Social.

Before joining the Center for History at Sciences Po, I was Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, and Marie Curie Fellow at Louisiana State University, Department of Geography and Anthropology and at the Institute of Social Ecology, Vienna. I have held visiting positions at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, at the University of Bologna, and at UC Berkeley. I am a member of the European Society for Environmental History, of which I have also been the Secretary between 2017 and 2019, and of the American Society for Environmental History.


Postdoctoral researcher at the Center for History at Sciences Po

Research Fields: Environmental history, History of science, Political ecology, Water history, Spanish Contemporary History, Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


Santiago Gorostiza is an environmental historian working on modern and early modern Spanish history, with training as a historian, environmental scientist, and political ecologist. His research interests focus on the socioenvironmental disruptions caused by war and militarisation, and on how fascist and other authoritarian regimes mobilise nature politically in their discourses and practices. Santiago’s research has particularly examined water history during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and the Francoist dictatorship in Spain. 

Santiago studied both History and Environmental Sciences at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He carried out his PhD at the Centro de Estudos Sociais of Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal) as a Marie Curie ITN fellow. After his PhD, Santiago completed a two-year postdoctoral position at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB), where he started combining environmental history with historical climatology. He was a visiting researcher at Manchester University, England (2014), Georgetown University in Washington DC (2016) and Lund University, Sweden (2019). Since 2019, he is the Spanish representative to the European Society of Environmental History (ESEH).


Titouan is a first year master’s student in history at the École de la Recherche of Sciences Po. Since January 2020 he is carrying out an internship within the Observatoire Homme-Milieu Vallée du Rhône and the Shifting Shores project focused on sediment knowledge and management in the Rhône river during the XIXth and XXth century. Between 2017 and 2020, he studied political humanities at Sciences Po (bachelor) and history at Paris Sorbonne Université.



Between September and December 2020, third year bachelor student Marie Bouyneau was a trainee student at the Shifting Shores project.

She is currently finishing her studies in political humanities at Sciences Po and in physical sciences at Sorbonne Université. Her interest in environmental studies led her to choose a double degree, aimed at connecting hard sciences with social sciences in order to approach environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.  She is also an environmental activist, involved in different associations and collectives. 


During the years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, master student Daniel Aguettaz Vilchez carried out his research thesis as part of the Shifting Shores project under the supervision of Giacomo Parrinello. On September 7, 2020, he defended his master thesis, Aux origines de la protection du Delta de  l’Ebre. Un territoire en conflit (1959-1990). Institut d’études politiques de Paris. École Doctorale de Sciences Po. 

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