The Aix-Marseille Université (AMU), in collaboration with the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS – School for Advanced Social Studies) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS – National Centre for Scientific Research), is one of the four European partners of the ECOPAS project. The Centre de Recherche et de Documentation sur l’Océanie (CREDO) in Marseille, which is a joint research unit between AMU, EHESS and CNRS, coordinates a work package (WP2) whose objective is to build a shared digital framework on climate change issues in the Pacific.
CREDO is the only specialised centre on Pacific Studies in France with 20 researchers and lecturers and over 30 PhD students. It is leading “e-toile Pacifique” which is the French multidisciplinary network of Pacific Studies. Members of CREDO teach and supervise students at AMU and EHESS.
Over the last decades CREDO has received and collaborated extensively with French and overseas scholars. It is sustaining institutionalised relations with the Australian National University, the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in New Caledonia, and the University of French Polynesia. It is also a member of the national LABEX (French Laboratory of Excellence) “Corail” in liaison with the University of French Polynesia and the University of New Caledonia : this initiative is concerned with research on global effects (including climate change) on coral reefs in the Pacific and beyond as well as on the relationship between human societies and tropical coastlines.
Moreover, CREDO has a longstanding and widely recognised track record in designing, establishing and managing digital platforms. Particular competitively funded scientific platforms include, among others, AustKin (mapping social organization) repeatedly funded by the Australian Research Council, or ODSAS co-funded by Corpus IR and the CNRS. Such collaborative links situate CREDO at the interface between research on environmental and socio-cultural issues and digital humanities.