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ESPACE: Study of Structures and Processes of Adaptation and Change in Space

CNRS joint research unit Nr 7300
Head of the laboratory: Cyrille Genre-Grandpierre

Launched in 1997, ESPACE (Study of Structures and Processes of Adaptation and Change in Space) is a CNRS laboratory with about 50 permanent staff (researchers, lecturers, etc.) and 40 contractual personnel (PhD candidates, post-doctoral fellows, etc.).

Most of us are geographers, but the team also includes psychologists, economists, and computer scientists. The laboratory is affiliated with two CNRS institutes, Humanities and Social Sciences (INSHS) and Ecology and Environment (INEE), and three universities: Avignon Université, Université Côte d’Azur (Nice), and Aix-Marseille Université. We also run a fieldwork centre in the Cévennes Mountains, where measurements focussing on water resources have been carried out over recent decades.

ESPACE investigates space-nature-society interactions and their sustainability. The main themes studied include: transport, urban planning, risks (water-related risks in particular), coastal territorial systems in the Mediterranean area, land and real estate, health, and the transfer-appropriation of geographical knowledge. ESPACE’s research is strongly focused on geographical theory, modelling, and on spatial analysis methods.

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