Industrial and Territorial Ecology researcher
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Institutional membership: 
Université Grenoble Alpes
Post-Doc (f)



After 5 years of experience in supporting territorial strategies for sustainable development (Agenda 21, PCET), as consultant and project manager on industrial and territorial ecology issues, I decided to consolidate my expertise by a thesis on industrial ecology understood as a process of territorial construction in port-industrial areas. After obtaining my phd in "Science and Environmental Engineering" from the Ecole des Mines in Saint Etienne in 2013, I continued my research work, as an independent, by deepening the understanding of human-nature interactions that contributes to territorialization processes. By considering the territory as a socio-ecological system, I draw the concepts and tools from the "long-term socio-ecological research"  to understand and describe territorialization processes as a succession of socio-ecological regimes and transitions characterized by different patterns of human-nature interaction.

Since January 2017, I joined PACTE laboratory as a post-doctorate for the coordination of CAP-BIOTER project, laureate of the ADEME REACCTIF 3 call for projects. This scientific project is a continuation of my previous research work. It takes biosphere reserves as case studies. Pilot sites of UNESCO's "Man and the Biosphere" program, biosphere reserves aim at better understanding and development of the interactions between the environment (biodiversity in particular) and societal needs contributing to territorial resilience. Biosphere reserves are relevant case studies to assess the capability of territories to take in charge their socio-ecological destiny. Facing global challenges and the national political choices in terms of energy transition in particular, what resources and means do local actors have to implement their own territorial strategy in coherence with their environment ? I appreciate this problem from the point of view of territorial ecology, with an ambition to contribute, on my own scale, to the structuring of this emerging field of research and this scientific community gathered around PACTE laboratory.

Industrial ecology, a territorial planning approach: application to port-industrial areas
December, 2013
External supervisor(s): 
Catherine Gonzalez, Ecole des Mines d'Alès

The circulation of material and energy flows reflects the functioning of both biosphere and human societies. Industrial ecology, in its territorial approach, questions these socioecological interactions within a geographical area. It contributes to the definition and structuration of land into territory. Through an experimental approach led upon port areas, the aim is to reveal this dynamic of territorial configuration in industrial ecology. Territory constitutes a complex matrix of representations and practices, uncovered in actors’ speeches. From the analysis of 21 industrial ecology port case studies at an international scale, 9 territorial patterns are defined in order to observe and interprete this dynamic. Implemented in Marseille-Fos port area, these patterns allow the production and the interpretation of actors’ speeches in order to identify the territorial construction modes and to build a common territorial configuration, at the interface of actors’ representations and practices. This experimentation highlights a territorial embeddedness phenomenon for industrial ecology. It reveales industrial ecology’s contribution to a “territoriality-territorialisation” dynamic, leading to territorial configuration. It thus proposes a socioecological definition of territory, identifying biotopes and niches occupied by different actors. The overlapping of these biotopes and niches questions the evolution of port governance for the implementation of industrial ecology.