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Composed of researchers and academics with recognized and complementary skills, the scientific committee of Sustainable City by France and the “Halle aux Sucres” of Dunkirk feeds the expertise of the association on the issues and causes of the Anthropocene and the solutions to accelerate the ecological and social transformation of territories.

This scientific group, which covers a number of environmental, social and urban disciplines, is working with Sustainable City by France to : 

  • Regularly update the shared vision of the fundamentals of sustainable and resilient territories, in light of the most recent publications and experiences in France and internationally (read our Manifesto)
  • To propose, as a consequence, priority actions to accelerate ecological and social transformations 
  • Strengthen the dialogue between public and private territorial decision-makers and researchers to feed territorial transition strategies
  • To commit to the citizen’s capacity to act, so that they can fully participate in the challenges of ecological transitions
Installation du comité scientifique de France Villes et territoires Durables et de la Halle aux Sucres de Dunkerque pour la transition des territoires

Members of the Scientific Committee

Photo- Edmond Abi Aad

Edmond ABI AAD
University Professor in Chemistry, First Vice-President of the Université du Littoral in charge of research and partnerships


Emeline BAILLY
Researcher in urban planning at the Scientific and Technical Center for Building (CSTB)


General Delegate of the French Network of Urban Planning Agencies (National Federation of Urban Planning Agencies)

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Philippe BIHOUIX
Consulting engineer specializing in the low-tech approach, Director General of AREP

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Economist and academic, research director, vice-president of the Gustave Eiffel University 


Designer and researcher, director of the think tank Atelier21, founder of RegenBox


Professor emeritus of the Musèum National d’Histoire Naturelle


 Sociologist, Co-Director of Missions Publiques

Photo-Cyrille Hanappe

Architect and teacher-researcher at the ENSA Paris Belleville

Hydrologist, multidisciplinary researcher, teacher and founder of Mayane


Alexandre JOST

Founder and general delegate of the Fabrique Spinoza

François MENARD

Head of research at the Urbanism Construction Architecture Plan (PUCA)
Photo : Dorian Prost

Alexandre MONNIN

Philosopher, co-initiator of “rédirection écologique”, Director of the MSc “Strategy and design for the Anthropocene“.
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Normalien, professor of computer science at INSA Lyon and director of the joint team INRIA, INSA, Lyon Agora, specialist of networks in the smart city


PhD in urban planning, professor at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris la Villette, member of the LET research team and co-director of Umr Cnrs n°7218 Lavue

Scientific Committee meetings 

May 12 and 13, 2022

October 17 and 18, 2022

About Solène

Mission Officer, Working Group, and Projects. Student at the Urban School of Sciences Po Paris, focusing on the ecological transition of cities.

About Quentin

Motivated by climate issues and planetary boundaries, Quentin decided to study land use planning at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. His experience in associative field at the Fresque du Climat, helped him to better understand the stakes of the ecological bifurcation. Between his native Haute-Savoie and his home town Rennes, where he gained expertise in mobility and sustainable agriculture, he is now based in Paris to deploy the Sustainable City by France’s territorial workshops throughout the country.

About Alice

After five years’ study at Sciences Po Lyon, with a specialization in territorial transitions, Alice joined Sustainable City by France (France Villes et territoires Durables). She actively contributes to the deployment of the association’s territorial workshops and working groups.
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Currently studying as a second-year Master’s student in International Relations at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Tara holds a Bachelor’s degree from INALCO, with a double-major in Hindi language, and International relations / Environmental studies. Her work with us is in line with her former experiences at UNESCO and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, thus deepening her professional expertise in the field of environmental diplomacy and international cooperation for sustainable development.

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She holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in International Relations and Action Abroad at the same university. She approaches the problems of sustainable cities and territories through these different perspectives and her international experiences.

About Isabelana

Isabelana is a Mexican journalist who holds a Master’s degree in Digital Communication and Data Analysis from the Sorbonne University. She previously worked in communication and press relations in the cultural sector in France and Mexico. Today, she is interested in ecological actions and solutions to preserve the environment and the biodiversity.

About Camille

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With a background in social sciences, art history and architecture, Camille has worked in communication within the VINCI group: from major international projects to La Fabrique de la Cité, a think tank dedicated to urban foresight.

About Alexandra

A geographer by training (Saint Petersburg State University), she started as a geographer and economist at the Academy of Agricultural Economics (Russia), before pursuing her career in France as an administrative and accounting assistant (Air Liquide, Association TGV Provence Côte d’Azur, COFHUAT, Groupe Hervé)

About Marion

Trained in international and European affairs between England and France as part of a double degree at Sciences-Po Lille / University of Kent, Marion started her career in advocacy and institutional relations of non-governmental organisations, in the fair trade sector (Max Havelaar France label). Her experiences are also linked to territories, with a passage in decentralised cooperation at the level of a departmental council.

About Sébastien

Before joining the SCbF team, he held several positions in local government management. From elected official and deputy mayor of his native city Besançon, in charge of university relations and international cooperation, to Director of Economic Development of the City of Pantin, to Chief of staff in Montreuil – where he notably piloted the in-depth redesign of the urban project towards more ecology and sustainable development – he continued his career as Senior Resilience Officer of the City of Paris.
He promotes a holistic and systemic vision of sustainable development and brings his expertise in territorial resilience, ecological and social transition.