The Smart & Sustainable Cities research unit combines multidisciplinary research and knowledge dissemination activities. It contributes to the improvement of knowledge and the mediation of scientific culture in Hauts-de-France. It aims to be transversal in terms of both discipline and approach. It includes sociologists, geographers, computer scientists, ecologists, biologists and economists. Transversal subjects related to data collection and the use of databases, big data, in various fields related to entrepreneurship, mobility, health or biodiversity are an example of the crossing of disciplines. Through two research chairs, academic research, training and support are self-sustaining.

The unit puts into perspective the evolution of the processes of the various contemporary transitions. It is a space for reflection on the economic, ecological and societal issues of these transitions. Its work is carried out at different scales, from the building to the city, its neighborhoods and its territory.

Far from exhausting all the subjects, the research carried out within this framework proposes original elements of analysis on certain facets of the energy and digital transition thanks to the use of new technical-economic approaches and the exploitation of new data.

The main research areas

The challenges and issues of energy efficiency;

Organizations and extra-financial criterias;

Digital transition, information systems and social networks;

Sustainable city and biodiversity.

2 Chairs of expertise and research backed by the unit

A specificity of the FGES is to provide a service to society through activities of transfer to the socio-economic world, educational and training services through 2 chairs:

Social Impact Enterprise and Business Chair

The Chair, which is represented by Dr. Emmanuel Pic, aims to offer students, businesses and society the opportunity to build economic activities and reliable and sustainable alternatives. These respond to a social, societal and / or environmental need, for a more human, more sustainable and more inclusive economy. It thus provides unique and co-created solutions to the fragility of the territory.

It aims to achieve these objectives through awareness and training, research and support for the creation of social business enterprises. It brings together researchers from different entities of the Catholic University of Lille: Faculty of Management, Economics and Sciences, EDHEC, Iéseg, ICAM, IES, Yncréa, the ETHICS Laboratory.

Explorers of the Transition Chair

Thanks to the expertise acquired within the framework of the “Live Tree transition campus”, the Chair offers co-constructed solutions, to facilitate the energy and societal transition of companies and territories (studies, research, training, experiments). The Chair relies as much on the transformation of organizations as on that of the practices of users and beneficiaries.

Directed by Benoit BOUREL, Vice-Rector in charge of Social Responsibility, the name Explorers of the Transition alone signifies the desired model: it invites its partners to explore, according to modalities to be defined together on a case-by-case basis, the social, organizational and economic conditions of this transition.