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UMR Géographie-cités comprises some 60 researcher-lecturers or researchers, engineers, technicians and more than 70 phD students, engaged in research combining theoretical and epistemological approaches, qualitative and quantitative methods, and empirical and comparative procedures. Three research teams with complementary objectives make up this UMR: The C.R.I.A research team, The E.H.GO research team, The P.A.R.I.S research team. Research work is organized according to seven key themes and (...) Read more

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The « Programme Pluri-Formations (PPF) Pôle Image » is a supported programme backed by the Université Paris Diderot-Paris7 for the period 2009-2013, involving the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN) and the Ecole d’Architecture Paris Val-de-Seine.
This programme is also incorporated to the Scientific Interest Group « Collège International des Sciences du Territoire” (GIS CIST).
The PPF Pôle Image is a human and technical platform to serve eight Paris-area laboratories in geography, history and anthropology domains and dedicated to imagery as a research topic in the Social and Human Science sector (SHS).

Social and political concerns about the effects of globalization on space and societies, as well as issues related to sustainable development and global change, are leading to a massive return of territorial issues in the social sciences and among policy makers.
LabEx DynamiTe includes top research units in the fields of geography, history, archeology, sociology, anthropology and economics. This LabEx ambitions to reinforce geography’s position within the social sciences in order to engage them to take a “spatial turn”.
This proposal sets out to provide an answer to a series of major questions: what is the relevance of territorial dimension in reflection and action? Does it provide a better apprehension of the place of each and every person within the changes occurring in the contemporary world? In this unprecedented setting, the purpose is to improve our capital of knowledge and our potential for action via a reappraisal of the notion of “territory” in the perspective of a collective projection towards a shared future.
Four lines of research have been selected, in which these challenges in terms of knowledge and action are particularly crucial:

The researchers who are part of this LabEx intend to capitalize on the contributions of different fields by articulating them around a joint issue, that of territoriality. This cross-sectional theme imposes itself on account of its acute relevance in the conduct of public policies, as well as in recent scientific advances. Implemented on all geographical scales, territorial issues and “territoriality” have for the last few decades been a part of the modernization of public action in all areas of the economy and society.

Fondé en 2012 à l’initiative de l’Institut des Sciences Humaines et Sociales du CNRS, l’Institut du Genre est un Groupement d’Intérêt Scientifique qui réunit 31 partenaires institutionnels (dont l’UMR Géographie-cités). Hébergé par la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Paris Nord, l’Institut travaille en synergie avec cette dernière. S’appuyant sur des UMR et des équipes explicitement engagées dans la recherche sur le genre, il constitue un lieu de coordination, de référence et d’accueil scientifique des recherches françaises sur le genre et les sexualités.

L’Institut du Genre a vocation :

The ISC-PIF (Institut des Systèmes Complexes, Paris Île-de-France – Paris Île-de-France Complex Systems Institute) is a multidisciplinary research and training center which promotes the development of French, European and international strategic projects on complex adaptive systems.

S4 is a European Research Group created in 2006. It aims to develop spatial dynamic modelling as an integrative tool for understanding, discussing and helping to manage the evolution of our complex societies. We shall focus on comparing models’ performances and enhancing their complementarities for the simulation of spatial evolution at different scales and for a variety of applications. Multilevel simulation models yield very useful tools for relating interacting individual choices to their spatial consequences and for converting complex social dynamics into easy to communicate spatial representations. Our aim is a wide dissemination of this new expertise into the social sciences, as well as EU regional and local institutions. In this new field of interdisciplinary research, Europe has been especially innovative during the last twenty years and could become an international scientific leader. However, closer connections have to be established between research groups in order to put complexity theories into practice by developing more widely applicable operational simulation tools.

S4 is also the editor of Hypergeo, a free-access electronic encyclopaedia devoted to the epistemology of geography. It aims to make the main concepts and theories of contemporary geography available to teachers and students. The terms presented by Hypergeo are arranged in the following manner: a general field of Geography is backed up by three main paradigms: the spatial patterns of societies, territories and regions, societies and environment.

The International College of Territorial Sciences
The Scientific Interest Group (GIS) International College of Territorial Sciences ( is the result of a scientific partnership between the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, the University Paris Diderot and the CNRS (its founding partners) and the ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency), the DATAR (Interdepartmental Delegation for Regional Planning and Attractiveness), the IAU-IF (Institute for Urban Planning and Development of the Ile-de-France) and the INED (French National Institute for Demographic Studies).
The CIST wants to be a federative tool of the research units of the Paris region dedicated to the territory, in order to fit them into national and international networks, to strengthen synergies, to develop the interface between research and training (online courses and e-learning, project of Territorial Sciences International Master, etc.), and to contribute to a better interaction between research and society.
The GIS CIST’ scientific ambition is to contribute to the formalization of a field of interdisciplinary research called "territorial sciences". Territorial sciences involve numerous social sciences (geography, demography, economics, law, political science, sociology, history, archaeology ...), earth sciences (climatology, geology, biology…), health sciences, and engineering sciences (modelling, geomatics…).
The scientific position of the CIST is based on the idea that many issues related to the transformations of contemporary societies have an essential territorial dimension such as environmental issues and sustainable development, issues surrounding the questioning of the nation state and the new governance of societies, the questioning of development and new international relations, that of widespread urbanization and new urban-rural relationship, or of the implications of increased life expectancy and ageing populations. The GIS intends to structure this field at both epistemological and institutional levels.
The Group has an extensive international network, especially in Europe. Several GIS research teams are involved in network research programs or through European contracts (FP7, INTERREG, ESPON, EEA, European Commission, and European Parliament) and are supported by a “Service Unit” and a European Research Group. These international research relations are enhanced by co-accredited Masters, drawing a structured network with other universities in Europe and outside Europe. The GIS International College of Territorial Sciences, which already involves 250 professors and assistant professors, 80 technicians and engineers, and more than 300 PhD students, is therefore a cluster of ambitious scientific exchanges, connecting territorial research networks of the Ile-de-France to those of France, Europe, Europe’s neighbors, and globally.
The CIST is also able to undertake applied research related to social demand. Its teams work with planning, environment and sustainable development specialists. The involvement of institutional Partners (ADEME, DATAR, IAU-IF) provides the guarantee of a good interaction between the research on the territories, social demand and professional practices (applied sciences, studies, advice to general contractors, career opportunities of PhD students…).

Les missions du GDR sont l’animation de la diffusion des connaissances
dans la communauté de l’Information Géographique, l’effort de
rapprochement entre plusieurs types de partenaires (institutionnel,
industriels ou prestataires – comme le CNIG ou AFIGEO), le développement
d’échanges de chercheurs, de doctorants ainsi que de faciliter la mise
en place de bourses doctorales ou post-doctorales. Le GDR a également
pour objectif d’accompagner la recherche dans le domaine de
l’Information Géographique et ses applications, de fédérer une
communauté pluridisciplinaire déjà bien structurée et de diffuser les
fruits des réflexions menées, des avancées tant théoriques que
technologiques et des résultats opérationnels obtenus.

L’unité a été créée au printemps 2002, elle est dirigée par Claude Grasland, professeur de Géographie à l’Université Paris 7 Diderot et Christine Zanin (Directrice adjointe), Maître de Conférence à l’Université Paris Diderot. L’UMS RIATE répond à plusieurs missions :
Assumer le rôle de point focal pour le programme ORATE / ESPON :
* informations sur le lancement des appels d’offre de l’ORATE,
* aide et conseils aux équipes françaises candidates,
* expertise des productions ORATE pour la DATAR,
* traduction en français des rapports finaux,
* recensement des compétences françaises dans le domaine de l’aménagement du territoire,
* diffusion des résultats du programme.
Assurer l’interface entre communautés scientifiques et politiques :
* Participation à des travaux de recherche appliquée pour la Commission Européenne, le Parlement Européen, la DG Regio ou l’Observatoire des Territoires (ex : "Shrinking Regions" ou "Scenarios on the Territorial Scenarios of Europe") contenant des éléments de réflexion et de recommandation politiques,
* Recensement, accès aux bases de données statistiques et cartographiques,
* Ouvrage et travaux sur les termes et concepts de l’aménagement du territoire européen (Lexique),
* Participation au projet de base de données régionales européennes ORATE (ESPONDB),
* Recensement des ouvrages, documents et bibliographies,
* Centre de documentation et informations en ligne.
Mettre au point des outils intégrés :
* Mise en place d’un serveur cartographique pour l’aide à la décision : projet et modules de cartographie dynamique multiscalaire Hypercarte,
* Mise en ligne de l’Atlas Interactif des Régions européennes (courant 2010),
* Participation au groupe de travail "Cartomouv", outils de cartographie dynamique (avec l’UMR 8504 Géographie-cités).
Soutenir des projets de recherche en réseau à travers une expertise en cartographie - SIG, analyse spatiale, statistiques et bases de données européennes. Par exemple : participation au 7ème PCRD via le projet Eurobroadmap, visions de l’Europe dans le monde.
L’UMS soutient également des projets ciblés de recherche et de développement, autour de ses outils, portés par des chercheurs extra européens (Cameroun, Hypercarte Tunisie...).