I was trained in classics and archaeology at the University of Rennes (France). I received my doctorate in Roman history from the University of Nantes (France) and Université Laval (Canada). I subsequently spent two years at the Freie Universität in Berlin, as a post-doc researcher of the Excellence Cluster Topoi, with a specialisation in Roman law, and then received a Marie Curie grant from the European Commission to come in Oxford as a post-doc fellow.
My current research is mainly focused on the management of natural resources in the Roman Empire and on the means created by the Roman authorities to control and exploit them. During my Phd, I was mostly interested in the legal, administrative and institutional aspects of the management of water and of hydraulic risks, in rural as well as in urban contexts. These aspects also include the role played by a specific landscape in the construction of a group identity. It is true for irrigation communities, but also for mining districts, mountain areas... Amongst more traditional sources, I am specifically keen on using the legal documentation, and am also interested in the spread and dissemination of the Roman law. And because many of these documents are dated from the end of the Empire, I developped an interest for the Late antiquity, how the rules and structures of the Empire remained in place and evolved at that time.
Environmental history – Roman law – Roman epigraphy – natural resources – water management – natural risk management – provinces of the Roman Empire – institutional, administrative, legal relationships in the Roman Empire.