Lachello, Raphaël

The forest after and before industry: Forest and society in Lower Maurienne in an industrial middle (second half of the 19th century)
WP4 PhD student in contemporary history


Since the beginning of my university studies, my interest in the history of the environment has led me to take several courses and seminars on this subject during my undergraduate and graduate studies. As part of my master's degree, I worked on agro-pastoralism on average in the Maurienne Valley as part of the "Maurienne Worksite" conducted as part of the Labex Item by LARHRA and the Haute-Maurienne Vanoise (ex-Terra Modana) community of municipalities since November 2014. Between February and July 2017, I completed an internship on the history of avalanche risk in Haute-Maurienne as part of the AGIR RARETES program, led by Anne-Marie Granet Abisset of LARHRA and Nicolas Eckert of IRSTEA.

Integration into the Trajectories programme

Through the Maurienne example, I intend to study the modification of mountain forests from the second half of the 19th century to the early 20th century, when the steel industry abandoned charcoal, removing one of the main outlets of forests. At the same time, the French State has taken proactive action to "restore and preserve" mountain forests in order to protect plains cities from flooding. My thesis work consists in understanding how and to what extent alpine socio-ecosystems have adapted to changes in the national forest regime and to changes in the international economic context. Beyond these two national trends, I intend to reflect the variety and complexity of the relationships between mountain societies and their environment.

Published on March 29, 2019