FGES research unit “Smart & Sustainable Cities” contributes to create innovative and sustainable urban ecosystems supporting social, economic and environmental development. 

Transversal both in terms of discipline and approach, the “Smart and sustainable cities” research unit brings together sociologists, geographers, computer scientists, ecologists, biologists and economists. Their joint work contributes to putting into perspective the evolution of the processes of the various contemporary transitions (energy, digital, etc.) and reflects on their economic, ecological and societal challenges. The collection of data and the use of databases and big data in the field of entrepreneurship, mobility, health or biodiversity is an example of this multidiscipline approach.

Whether at the level of the building, the city and its neighbourhoods or the region, the work carried out offers original elements of analysis thanks to the use of new techno-economic approaches and the exploitation of new data.

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The research unit is made up of 2 chairs through which a transfer to the local socio-economic world takes place through study and training services. The chairs also participate in the dissemination of scientific culture in the Hauts de France.

The Enterprise and Business Social Impact Chair (EBIS)

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The EBIS Chair’s mission is to offer students, businesses and society the opportunity to build innovative 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. The EBIS Chair thus brings new and co-created solutions to the fragility of the region.

Awareness-raising, training, research and support for the creation of “social business” (500 students per year) are included in the chair’s main activities. This brings together researchers from different entities of the Catholic University of Lille: Faculty of Management, Economics and Sciences, EDHEC, Iéseg, ICAM, IES, Yncréa and the ETHICS Laboratory, all involved in national and international research projects.

The Explorers of Transition Chair

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The “Explorers of Transition” Chair offers solutions developed according to the principle of co-construction, to facilitate the energy and societal transition of companies and regions. It is based on the transformation of organisations, but also on that of the practices of users and beneficiaries.

The name Explorers of Transition alone signifies the desired model: it invites its members and partners to explore the social, organisational and economic conditions of this transition. The chair carries out study, research, training and experimentation activities.

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