New glassy matrices, able to incorporate new highly concentrated radioactive liquid wastes (HLW), are being studied. Investigations were performed on rare earth-rich glasses, known as very durable matrices. The selected basic glass composition was (wt. %): 51.0 SiO2 – 8.5 B2O3–12.2 Na2O – 4.3 Al2O3 – 4.8 CaO – 3.2 ZrO2 – 16.0 Nd2O3. To determine both the environment around the rare earth in this glass and its evolution according to its concentration (1.3 – 30 wt. % Nd2O3), EXAFS (Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure) spectroscopy at the LIII-edge of neodymium and optical absorption spectroscopy were used. By coupling these two characterisation methods, several hypotheses are proposed about the nature of the rare earth neighbouring in the glass.