The Smart and Sustainable Cities (SSC) Unit is a young research unit officially created in December 2017 after the merger of the Faculty of Economics and Management with the Faculty of Science.

Today, the SSC unit has 32 members. Whether they are professors, teacher-researchers, others or non-permanent staff (PhD students, post-doctorate students, etc.), they are committed to contributing to the influence of research by bringing together transversal skills in the service of the sustainable city, the energy transition and the environment.

Thus, this unit wishes to contribute to the emergence of a sustainable, equitable and more responsible society, in partnership with national and international academic actors, private and public economic partners present on our territory as well as local and regional authorities who recognize our added value and our competences.

The SSC unit has two chairs: (i) the Explorers of Transition Chair; and (ii) the Social Impact Enterprise and Business Chair.

Our unit is located in the Rizomm, an intelligent building, a key component of Live TREE (program of orientation of the Université catholique de Lille in the Third Industrial Revolution in Hauts-de-France). The Rizomm is an ecosystem and a vector of strategic information designed to establish good energy and ecological practices. It is a dynamic laboratory hosting research projects and partnerships around the questions and issues related to the transition and energy efficiency.

The website of our unit is regularly enriched with scientific content, so you can connect regularly to follow our news! You can also contact us if you want to get information about our research activities or to share your skills and projects with our team. We are always on the lookout for new talents to strengthen our skills and we remain open to new collaborations with the academic and industrial world and with all social and institutional actors.

Fateh Belaïd, Director of the Smart and Sustainable Cities Unit

The Smart and Sustainable Cities Research Unit 33 members with complementary skills:



Project officers

Research technicians

Doctoral students