Dr Stéphane Desruelles

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Dr Stéphane Desruelles Dr Stéphane Desruelles
Associate professor in physical geography
Head of the Geography and Planning Department, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi
ORCID Number: 0000-0003-3482-174X


At Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi: Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi Research Institute (Gulf Studies; Heritage Studies).
Other: UR Médiations sciences des lieux, sciences des liens, Faculté des lettres, Sorbonne Université Paris.
Other: USR 3141 Centre Français de Recherche de la Péninsule Arabique.

PhD in
  • Physical Geography
Research Interests

My current research, developed in the field of geoarchaeology, focuses on the interactions between hydrological dynamics (marine and continental) and human settlement. It aims to better understand how human societies have in the past (i) managed the water resources and their variations, (ii) adapted to the evolution of the hydrosystem and / or the shoreline (related to sea level changes).

Publications Journal Articles

  • Beuzen-Waller T., Desruelles S., Marrast A., Giraud J., Gernez G., Forman S., Beshkani A., Bonilauri S., Lemée M., Nacarro H., Fouache E., 2022. Late Pleistocene-Holocene fluvial records of the Wadi Dishshah: hydro-climatic and archaeological implications (Southern piedmont of the Hajar Mountains, Oman), Géomorphologie : relief, processus, environnement URL

Research Collaborations

  • Since 2022: Co-investigator, program ‘Human Occupation and Landscape Evolution during the Holocene climatic vibration in the UAE desert (HOLE). Case study of a gravel plain in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve’ supported by Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.
  • Since 2019: Co-investigator, program ‘Sea, Desert, Environment’ at USR 3141 ‘CEFREPA’ (‘Centre Français de Recherche de la Péninsule Arabique’)
  • 2014 - 2018: Principal investigator, research program conducted in the Sultanate of Oman for the project ‘Sea, Desert, Environment’ directed by E. Fouache and supported by the Advisory commission on archaeological research abroad of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (France
  • 2017 - 2018: Project leader, program ‘GAHTI’ (‘Géoarchéologie des Aménagement Hydrauliques du Territoire d’Igîlîz, Maroc’), supported by the Observatoire des patrimoines de Sorbonne Université (France)
  • 2015 - 2016: Project leader, program ‘LittOman’ (‘Evolution holocène des paysages et de l’anthropisation du littoral omanais entre Sur et Quriyat’) supported by the project ‘SATS-SU : MH@SU’ (‘Museum of Man’, Paris)
  • 2011 - 2014: Project leader, program ‘PaléoportRue’ (‘Paléogéographie et évolution du port médiéval de Rue, Somme’) supported by the Picardy Regional Council
  • 2007 - 2012: Project leader, program program ‘EauMaghreb’ (‘L’eau dans les villes de l’Afrique du Nord romaine et leur territoires’) supported by The French National Research Agency