Master’s: Human Ecology (EH) - Bordeaux Montaigne University

Master’s: Human Ecology (EH)



Université Bordeaux Montaigne is offering a Master’s programme in Regional Management and Local Development (GTDL) in partnership with Bordeaux National School of Agricultural Engineering (Bordeaux Sciences Agro). There is a choice of three vocationally oriented subject pathways.

  • A subject pathway in ‘Regional Development, Product Origin and Quality (DTOQP)’.
  • A subject pathway in ‘Human Ecology (EH)’.
  • A subject pathway in ‘Coordination and Organisation of Regional Projects (IAT)’. 

Although the different pathways vary in terms of their key themes, they share a common aim to train professionals in the field of regional management and local development. Students come into contact with real-life professional situations via tutor-led projects supported by partners of the programme (including several external participants). They also gain concrete experience of the professional context via multiple internships (of several months) throughout the two-year programme of study. As a result, students quickly become aware of and sensitive to the dynamics of local networks. 

All three pathways are aligned with the current quest for economic, social and environmental sustainability at the local level. They share a multi-level approach, analysing the involvement of stakeholders and applying systemic reasoning. The three pathways are firmly established in the field of social sciences.


This subject pathway concentrates on the relationship between humans and their surroundings, in response to an ever-increasing emphasis on the environmental consequences of human activity and on the development of eco-responsible, lower-impact production methods and consumption patterns. This subject pathway thus positions itself firmly within the context of human ecology via the three key elements of the programme: biological ecology (issues relating to our impact on natural environments), family ecology (issues surrounding consumption patterns in domestic and public spheres) and industrial and regional ecology (issues of production-consumption systems at the local level).

In order to respond to these ecological issues and the resulting social expectations, students develop conceptual, methodological and operational skills that will equip them to:

  • confront the complexity of environmental issues;
  • call upon a diverse range of methods and tools for diagnostic analyses and the management of local and natural settings (characterisation of natural habitats, impact assessment, biomonitoring);
  • raise awareness and educate a range of audiences about sustainable development (measures to promote sustainable development and the protection of the environment);
  • implement environmental management policies in companies and regional authorities (managing greenhouse gas emissions, systems for environmental management).



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