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World Seastems

Period: 2013 - 2018

The World Seastems project aims to map and to analyze the changing spatial pattern of the world economy across 300 years from a maritime perspective. It will exploit untapped vessel movement data on a world scale since 1734, date of the first publication of Lloyd’s List. Such data offer disaggregated information on weekly inter-port flows with detailed descriptions of vessels as well as their dates of departure and arrival at world’s ports. Despite the vital importance of maritime transport (...)

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The innovation Society, Sustainability and Technology (INSITE)

Period: 2011 - 2014

INSITE is an EC Coordination Action, funded through DC Connect, whose principal objective is to assemble a community of researchers and practitioners to engage in constructing a research and action agenda based upon a new unified approach to three grand themes, all fundamental in current discourse about society and where it might be heading: innovation, sustainability, ICT. .
INSITE seeks to coordinate alternative approaches to the organization of social transformation processes to enable (...)

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ODYCCEUS: Opinion Dynamics and Cultural Conflict in European Spaces

Period: 2017 - 2020

« Social media and the digitization of news and discussion fora are having far-reaching effects on the way individuals and communities communicate, organize, and express themselves. Can the information circulating on these platforms be tapped to better understand and analyze the enormous problems facing our contemporary society? Could this help us to better monitor the growing number of social crises due to cultural differences and diverging world-views? Would this facilitate early detection (...)

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FOCI - Cities and urban agglomerations: their functionality and development opportunities for European competitiveness and cohesion

Period: 2008-2012

FOCI - Future Orientation for Cities
Cities and Urban Agglomerations: their functionality and development opportunities for European competitiveness and cohesion.
The UMR participate to three working packages. First, data on FPs research networks on converging technologies (nano, bio, information and communication), aggregated as information flows between European cities, are prepared by Marie-Noëlle Comin (extracted from the Cordis data base). Second, a synthesis of former (...)

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ESPON Database and Data Development


The mission of the ESPON 2013 Programme is to:
“Support policy development in relation to the aim of territorial cohesion and a harmonious development of the European territory by (1) providing comparable information, evidence, analyses and scenarios on territorial dynamics and (2) revealing territorial capital and potentials for development of regions and larger territories contributing to European competitiveness, territorial cooperation and a sustainable and balanced development”.
The (...)

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Period: 2011-2016

GeoDiverCity involves many members of UMR Géographie-cités as well as collaborations within the European Research Group S4 and the Paris-Ile-de-France Institute for Complex Systems. The aim is to analyze and model the geographical diversity of cities and systems of cities. Main research streams are the co-evolution of cities and networks; the relationships between scaling laws and the evolution of urban hierarchies and functional specialization; the dynamical reconstruction of inter-urban (...)

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Atlases in modern and contemporary artistic and scientific culture: representing, organising, and preserving knowledge and objects

Period: 2012 - 2016

The research project, initiated in 2012 and hosted at the Ecole Française de Rome, originates with a question: beyond the current surge of interest in atlases, manifest in the various above-mentioned works, is there a coherence, a common underlying form, to the productions in these very diversified fields? If there is, how could it be characterised? More generally, can research on the atlas uncover a simultaneously transversal and foundational structure in modern artistic and scientific (...)

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Water, Environment and Urban Development: US and EU Case Studies

Period: 2010-2012

A Binational, Interdisciplinary Partnership to Study Urban Water The proposed collaborative research and educational project seeks to deepen understanding of the relationships between water and urban society in terms of sustainable development. Urban development will be analyzed in relation to water-resources availability and water supply in the context of varying environmental and climatic conditions. The program focuses on water and urban sprawl and will consider selected U.S. and EU (...)

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Period: September 2015 - August 2018

The MEDIUM project brings together European and Chinese entities (research centres, universities and companies) which work on sustainable urban development in China. Focusing on three medium-sized cities, Hangzhou, Zhuhai and Datong, the project aims to study the socio-economic dynamics of urban areas, which are traditionally overlooked by scholars.
MEDIUM gathers researchers with very different backgrounds and interests, among which urban governance, strategic planning, urban mobility, (...)

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« Metropolises : crisis and mutations in the euro-mediterranean space »

Durée : 2017-2021

The program « Metropolises : crisis and mutations in the euro-mediterranean space» of the French School (Ecole Française) of Rome -EFR-, has the support of the UMR Géographie-cités and of the LabEx DynamiTe (AAP SAR-Dyn). Widening the prospect of a previous program of the EFR (« Italy, territorial reorganizations », 2012-2016) the Metropolises program aims, on the 2017-21 period, at a putting in prospect of the Italian, French and Mediterranean metropolises (in particular Italy, Spain and Greece), (...)

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Global Ports and Urban Development

Period: 2011-2013

The OECD project entitled "Global Ports and Urban Development"
examines the possibilities for global ports to be a driving force for urban development. The project will outline the performance, impact and future developments in relation with different port cities, considering that several costs connected to ports are usually local, whereas many benefits will have spillover effects to other areas. Finally, it will assess governance models, including financing and coordination mechanisms, (...)

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Enlargement of the thematic: cities and neighborouds

Period: 2012 - 2014

ESPON DataBase 2011-2014 « Enlargement of the thematic: cities and neighborouds” (Géographie-cités team)
There is a growing need for urban indicators that would be associated to a variety of city definitions and harmonised from a spatial and a temporal point of view. However, choosing the most appropriate urban data base according to the aim of a study or to a specific approach seems to be more and more complicated for European urban databases. Since a few years, different new urban data bases (...)

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Spatial indicators for a Europe 2020 Strategy Territorial Analysis

Period: 2011-2013

The aim of this project is to provide evidence on the territorial dimension of the EU2020 Strategy by identifying opportunities for different types of regions in relation to the targets and flagship initiatives set out in the Strategy. The results of this ESPON project are intended to be useful for policy makers at various scales in the process of identifying territorial interventions, for example at the scale of regions and local authorities and in the preparation of regional development (...)

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