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Eau et Société

This multidisciplinary training provides tools that allow us to distinguish between what is imposed by the physical object "water" and what is built by society.

Presentation and objectives

The training is based on theoretical lessons centered on the water-society relationship in the countries of the North and the South (s), practical exercises to confront the students with concrete problems and two professionalizing internships. It is part of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).


Areas of knowledge concerning:

- governance systems and territorial issues of water management

- water legislation

- evaluation of management systems and public water policies

- management tools for economic regulation
- groundwater management
- environmental impact study methods
- participation engineering
- the sociology of socio-technical controversies related to water

Terms of access

Master 1:

L3 social sciences, or in environmental sciences with a proven appetite for economics, sociology, political science, human geography or environmental law.

Master 2 (admission on file):

- validated M1 level, in engineering school or university

- priority access to students who have successfully completed the M1 of the Water Master, Water and Society course.

Applications for both M1 and M2 must be made through the registration sites of AgroParisTech, the Agro Institute or the Faculty of Sciences. For foreign candidates, a minimum level C1 CEFR certificate in French is required.



- in charge of studies / mission / project manager / advisor / engineer on the environment,

- watershed coordinator
- regional engineer
- animator of SAGE, regional or national parks
- Water-environment project manager in international organizations
- Corporate Environment Manager

- researcher or research engineer in social sciences on the environment.

Training content

Semester 1

- Thematic English 1

- From planning to land management

- Discovery of water issues

- Introduction to the economic evaluation of projects

- Project management 1

- Bibliographic project

- Sociology of environmental controversies

- Issues, actors, regulation

- Critical approach through films

- Water cycle and watershed

- Functioning of aquatic ecosystems

- Water and agriculture: Issues and scientific questions

- Contaminants in the aquatic environment and sustainable development

Semester 2

-Critical analysis of a topical issue

- Thematic English 2

- Economic instruments to manage water

- Groundwater management

- Qualitative survey methods
- Management tools for evaluation
- GIS practice

- IWRM participation practices

- Work-study project

- Quantitative survey methods
- M1 internship in a company, organization or laboratory (2 months)

- Statistics (optional in free auditor)

Semester 3

- Water and landscaping

- Water and law

- Scientific Writing

- Project management 2

- Water governance and games of scale
- History of water

- Irrigation and development
- Professions and stakeholders in water and aquatic environments
- Water policy development

EU to choose from:

- Work-study project

-Interdisciplinary Project 1 (continuing education)

Semester 4

- M2 internship in a company or organization (5 months)

- M2 laboratory internship (6 months)

-Interdisciplinary Project 2 (continuing education)


EU to choose from:

- International Field Schools - North & South
- Water and Climate Change

- Water and Development

- Water and South

- Event Project / Tender


Marielle Montginoul

INRAE (Responsible)


Sophie Richard

AgroParisTech (Responsible)



Valerie Valdes



Phone:  +33 (0)4 67 04 71 32

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