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The thematic journal Écologie & Politique is a theoretical forum for presenting, debating, and analyzing social and political alternatives based on human nature affiliations. Given the historical context of evolution where human societies jeopardize the fundamentals of existence (in other words a dynamic, evolving biosphere and the survival of the human species), no human relationship, whether in social opposition, in political domination forms at all levels, or various world representations, can escape the fundamental dilemma of our era. The great progress launched by industrial society is also causing irreparable damage to our Earth and environmental and unbearable social inequalities have for the vast majority of inhabitants.


Écologie & Politique was founded in 1992 with the goal of opening a conversation regarding the links between ecological issues and the human interest. Positioned at the crossroads of science, culture, and politics, the journal aims to address major environmental challenges facing societies, while striving to renew social and political reflection brought about by an emergence of multifaceted environmental thought.

A pioneer among scientific journals in the field of “political ecology,” the journal endeavors to associate critical political thought and in-depth scientific analysis. Consequently, it has always avoided direct participation in French political debates, and limited the role assigned by a partisan view of political ecology. It has also succeeded in eluding dogmatic or inflexible academic approaches, while fostering a diversity of ideas and authors.

This diversity is reflected in the journal’s structure. Each issue has a thematic section, a selection of additional articles, historic documents, and critical reviews. The diversity and complexity of trends and opinions that drive political ecology and environmental thought are illustrated in scholarly articles, but also through essays and artistic texts. Priority is given to original works in French, but there is special consideration for the translation of articles or major works from other cultural spheres.

Editorial Board

Publication director: Jean-Paul Deléage (Professor emeritus)


Denis Chartier (geographer, associate professor at the Université d’Orléans),

Estelle Deléage (sociologist, associate professor at the Université de Caen),

Jean-Paul Maréchal (economist, associate professor at the Université de Rennes),

Estienne Rodary (geographer, research fellow at the IRD).

Editorial secretary: Mathias Lefèvre (PhD in environmental economics).

Editorial committee

Nathalie Blanc (geographer, research director, CNRS-Ladyss),

Frédéric Brun (general inspector of Agriculture, France AGRIMER),

Christophe David (philosopher, associate professor, Université de Rennes),

Cyria Emelianoff (geographer, associate professor, Université du Maine),

Florence Faucher-King (political scientist, research director, Sciences Po Paris),

Laurent Garrouste (engineer, French Ministry of Equipment, Paris),

Serge Guerin (sociologist, professor, ESH Management School)

Salvador Juan (sociologist, professor, Université de Caen).

Frédérick Lemarchand (sociologist, associate professor, Université de Caen),

Nathalie Lewis (environmental sociologist, professor, Université du Québec),

Michael Löwy (sociologist, researcher emeritus, CNRS),

Thomas Pughe (professor of English literature, Université d’Orléans),

Grégoire Vanbalberghe (cartographer),

Franck-Dominique Vivien (economist, associate professor, Université de Reims)

Scientific advisors

Bernard Barraqué (research director at the CNRS, LATTS–École nationale des ponts et chaussées),

Jean-Paul Besset (journalist specializing in environmental issues, former editor-in-chief of the newspaper Le Monde),

Michel Blay (philosopher, professor at the ENS Ulm, research director at the CNRS),

Dominique Bourg (philosopher, full professor at the Université de Lausanne - UNIL),

Christian G. Caubet (lawyer, professor emeritus at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil)

Isabel do Carmo (physician, director of the Clínica Universitária de Endocrinologia, Diabetes e Metabolismo, Lisbon, Portugal),

Yves Dupont (sociologist, professor emeritus at the Université de Caen),

Françoise Gollain (PhD in sociology, independent researcher),

Michel Grésillon (geographer, agrégé, professor emeritus, Université du Maine),

Jacques Grinevald (philosopher and historian, professor in the Department of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Geneva),

Daniel Hémery (historian, Université Paris 7),

Pierre Juquin (German studies, agrégé, ENS ULM graduate),

Catherine Larrère (philosopher, professor at the Université Paris 1),

Raphaël Larrère (emeritus research director at the INRA),

Christian Laval (sociologist, Université Paris X),

Joan Martinez Alier (Catalan economist, professor of economics and economic history at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona),

Philippe Minard (historian, professor at the Université Paris 8, DR EHESS),

Edgar Morin (philosopher and sociologist, emeritus researcher at the EHESS),

James O’Connor (economist, professor of economics and sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz),

François Ost (philosopher, lawyer, professor at the Université de Louvain, Belgium),

René Passet (economist, professor emeritus, Sorbonne),

Martine Rémond-Gouilloud (lawyer, university professor emeritus),

Giovanna Ricoveri (economist, director of the journal Ecologia politica, Rome, Italy),

Jorge Riechmann (psycho-sociologist, translator, poet, professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona),

Guillaume Sainteny (political scientist, associate professor at Sciences Po Paris),

Louise Vandelac (sociologist, professor at the Institut des sciences de l’environnement, Université du Québec à Montréal).

Instructions to Authors

Articles must be submitted by email, preferably in Word format. They must be accompanied by a short biography, an abstract in English and French, and a few keywords.

Articles should be single-spaced and in Times New Roman (12 pt) font. They must not contain more than 35,000 characters, spaces included.

The headings should have no more than two levels.

Bibliographical information must be systematically provided in footnotes and must be presented as follows.

The author’s last name (in lowercase) appears after the first name. Next, for a book, a title should be in italics, the publisher, the city of publication, and the date of publication. For a journal article place the title of the article between quotation marks, the name of the journal in italics, the volume number, the issue number, the pages. All the elements are to be separated by commas.

Graphs, maps, diagrams, and other illustrations must be provided as a .jpeg or .tiff file with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.


A. Gorz, Écologie et politique, Seuil, Paris, 1978.

A. Tansley, “The use and abuse of vegetational concepts and terms”, Ecology, vol. 16, n° 3, 1935, p. 283-307.

R. Peet et M. Watts, “Liberation ecology. Development, sustainability, and environment in an age of market triumphalism”, in R. Peet et M. Watts (dir.), Liberation ecologies. Environment, development, social movements, Routledge, Londres, 1996, p. 1-45.

CBD, Convention sur la diversité biologique, 1992,


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Print ISSN : 1166-3030
Online ISSN : 2118-3147
Publisher : Editions Le Bord de l’eau

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