Patrick Fournier is an Associate Professor of early modern history at Université Clermont-Auvergne, as well as a member of the “Spaces and Cultures” History Center (EA 1001) and the Scholarly Network of Researchers in Environmental History (RUCHE), for which he served as president from 2011 to 2015. His research focuses on the history of water management, the history of regional planning, and the history of public health primarily between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, as part of a comparative and environmental perspective. He notably contributed to the synthetic volume Hygiène et santé en Europe de la fin du xviiie siècle aux lendemains de la Première Guerre mondiale, Paris, SEDES, 2011 (with Stéphane Frioux and Sophie Chauveau), and co-edited collective works on the history of regional planning (Patrick Fournier & Geneviève Massard-Guilbaud (eds.), Aménagement et environnement. Perspectives historiques, Rennes, PUR, 2016) and the history of public health in a rural setting over the longue durée, in connection with contemporary explorations of medical deserts (Marie Bolton, Patrick Fournier & Claude Grimmer, eds., Médecine et santé dans les campagnes. Approches historiques et enjeux contemporains, Brussels, Peter Lang, 2019).