Local Environment Management and Analysis

Strategies, governance and decision-making in urban development

This line of research addresses challenges related to urban projects and the enhancement of urban cultural heritage. It is based on an empirical approach of urban projects – both observing and analysing each situation: collection of information with concerned stakeholders, field visits, used tools, types of interfaces used between stakeholders, etc.

In contrast to research led by sociologists and political experts, this line of research focuses on the role of instrumentation in the framework of decision–making and urban governance. Instrumentation includes tools to analyse (such as geographic information systems) interpret (e.g. multicriteria analysis) and communicate (synthetic images, etc.) critical urban decisions.

We claim to develop a relatively long–term approach based on field observation. Our aim is to set up an observatory for large–scale urban projects that would enable us to study logics of action and decision-making over several years. This approach makes it possible to study various logics of urban project developments over a long–term period. It sets out to match strategic intentions, their evolution and the actions on the field.

Main research projects: SUIT, CSI