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Who are we? is a portal of documentary resources edited and maintained by a collective at the initiative of Pablo Servigne and Raphaël Stevens. It hosts bib.collapse, an open-access scientific database, and offers a selection of links and books for anyone caring for our common future.



  • Provide up to date resources

    The range of global systemic threats to humans and non-humans is wide and multifaceted. It deserves to be studied rigorously but also to be wisely communicated to people.

  • Promote transdisciplinarity

    This site is intended for researchers from all disciplines, from natural to humanities and social sciences, as well as for anyone interested in studying our predicament.

  • Embrace complexity

    Collapsology takes a Post-Normal Science perspective that complements academic expertise with insights from non-scientists in order to produce knowledge adapted to decision-making on these global and complex issues.

  • Lead to action

    The current planetary crisis requires urgent attention and serious responses from our governments and from all of us.


The database offers a transdisciplinary panorama of the scientific literature relevant to the study of collapse risks and phenomena in their environmental, human, social and cultural dimensions.

In constant evolution since its inception in 2015, bib.collapse is structured in four main categories of keywords:

  1. General discussions
    • Limits to growth (discussions & theories of societal collapse and limits to growth)
    • Existential risks (discussions & theories of existential risks)
    • Post-normal science (TEK, uncertainty, governance, etc.)
  2. Overshoots & vulnerabilities
    • Planetary boundaries (climate, biodiversity, acidification, pollution, water, etc.)
    • Physical limits (energy sources, critical metal & minerals, cabon budget, etc.)
    • Lock-ins (socio-technical, cognitive, behavioural, rebound effect, etc.)
    • Systemic risks (finance, infrastructure, supply chain, telecouplings, etc.)
  3. Horsemen of the apocalypse
    • Violence, conflicts and wars (migrations, climate, resources, etc.)
    • Health, diseases and pandemics (COVID-19, climate, biodiversity, etc.)
    • Agriculture, food, famine (breadbasket failure, conflicts, seeds, etc.)
    • Disasters (Extreme climate events, nuclear fallout, etc.)
  4. Human and social sciences
    • Psychology (fear, denial, grief, hope, etc.)
    • Political science (governance, activism, failed states, inequality, etc.)
    • History (USSR, Rapa-Nui, Rome, etc.)
    • Etc. (demography, geopolitics, sociology, philosophy, etc.)

It mainly contains references and abstracts of (1) articles published in peer-reviewed journals; (2) chapters of, and academic books; (3) conference papers; (4) PhD and MA/MSc thesis, (5) scientifically-sourced reports and white papers of public institutions and independent bodies ; and a few magazine and newspaper articles of interest.

Science database

  • Edition: Raphaël Stevens
  • Version: 2.0
  • Service: Zotero