Laboratoire de recherches interdisciplinaires ville, espace, société (EVS-RIVES)

Laboratory for interdisciplinary research on cities, spaces and society (EVS RIVES)

Date of the last update : 30/09/2020

The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Research on Cities, Spaces and Society (EVS RIVES) is part of the “Environment, City, Society” mixed research team (UMR CNRS 5600 EVS), which includes around a hundred researchers and around 140 PhD students.

This UMR is supervised by 9 institutions, including ENTPE, all of which are linked to the University of Lyon Saint-Etienne. It received a very positive assessment in 2010 (A+), as well as in 2015. Since the summer of 2011 it has formed an integral part of the “Intelligence of Urban Worlds” laboratory of excellence (LabEx IMU), which includes researchers and faculty members from a number of UMRs in the Lyon and Saint-Etienne region.

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Technician, engineer and administrative staff
Doctoral students

/// Researchers interested in the political, economic and social implications of urban planning

Research is oriented in line with the urban studies courses developed in the English-speaking research world, in which urban subjects are approached from the angle of all the social sciences. These subjects and approaches reflect both the institutional and geographical positioning of EVS-RIVES.

As part of a social sciences UMR located in a graduate engineering school with a school of architecture close by, EVS-RIVES is perfectly situated to facilitate the crossover of disciplines, knowledge and expertise at the heart of space-related action. This situation is also enhanced by its special links to the professional world of urban planning. In effect, many engineers trained at ENTPE go on to work for public urban planning services.

/// 3 interrelated themes

  • Public urban planning policies and sustainability,
  • risks and security in urban environments,
  • urban living practices and representations.

These themes are reflected in many of the EMR EVS workshops:

  • Workshop 2 - Flows, traffic, materials, energy, waste and territories
  • Workshop 3 - Urbanization and anthropo-construction: production, forms, uses and representations
  • Workshop 4 - Resources: considering resources in the context of rapid change
  • Workshop 6 - Making territory, making society
  • Workshop 7 - Epistemology and heuristics - temporality, spatiality, plurality, crises, history and geography

/// The UNESCO Chair in Urban Policies and Citizenship

EVS-RIVES also hosts the UNESCO Chair in Urban Policies and Citizenship, founded in 2007 by Bernard Jouve and run since 2018 by Anaïk Purenne.

The Chair examines, from a political perspective, the way in which city dwellers relate to large cities and to the institutions in charge of making and implementing urban policies. It explores and analyses the social, spatial, economic and political mechanisms affecting integration, cohesion and solidarity.

Citizenship is looked at through the multi-disciplinary approach that defines urban studies, as much from the perspective of political science as from that of sociology, geography and urban studies.

/// Strong commitment to teaching

Lastly, while most members of EVS-RIVES are researchers, they are also involved in teaching, particularly on the specialized “Urban Planning and Policies” course taken by 2nd and 3rd year students at ENTPE.

This course forms part of 3 Master specializations:

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