Action C1. Transferring complex territorial knowledge: From production to use (TACTIC)


Transferring complex territorial knowledge: From production to use (TACTIC)


The TACTIC action is built around the issue of developing and using geographical knowledge about territories, in particular using spatial analysis methods. In this way, it takes a critical and reflective look at ESPACE’s scientific practices.


The research carried out focuses on the circulation of the complex territorial knowledge available on a territory, from its production/co-production to its dissemination/co-dissemination, and then to its perception, reception and appropriation by different stakeholders (scientists, populations, decision-makers, managers). It pays particular attention to the role of spatial analysis tools as vectors for these transfers of territorial knowledge. Building on the work carried out by the UMR ESPACE on the concept of geo-governance and its applicability, this research falls within the general context of upheavals in the development of geographical knowledge, particularly in decision support, and in the critical reflection that follows.

The programme aims to address the issue of how complex territorial knowledge circulates by looking at our own practices as researchers, within research projects that ESPACE members are contributing to. At various stages in these projects, the type of scientific and vernacular knowledge exchanged between the various local players is analysed, whether they are experts in the field, managers, decision-makers or citizens who use the area on a daily basis. The role of the spatial analysis methods and tools used to help understand, model, represent and communicate this knowledge is also examined in order to assess the strengths, limitations, scope and usefulness of these approaches in the (co)-construction of shared knowledge.

This research allows us to reflect critically, to ‘look inside’ at our own practices and methods, to move towards greater operationality and interaction with local stakeholders. By questioning the usefulness of our approaches, we are also assessing their effectiveness.


K. Emsellem, N. Dubus

Activities / Announcements / Calendar of activities

Meetings: 2 to 3 meetings per year since 2018, which have led to the following advances :

Scientific clarifications of the group

  • Work on the concepts and vocabulary used (positioning within the SHS)
  • Agreements on the approach to the circulation of knowledge: space and its specific features (role of scales, territorial effect, players and space), spatial analysis (geographical information, methodology), etc.
  • Agreements on the group’s questions and areas of interest

Construction of a grid for reading the research projects that the group’s researchers are involved in

  • Co-construction of guidelines to highlight the links established with local players in our research projects, and the circulation of geographical knowledge that takes place in this context
  • Currently being tested on various projects

For 2022

  • Continued analysis of research projects through the prism of the reading grid developed
  • Comparison and synthesis, highlighting the levers and bottlenecks in our practices for passing on geographical knowledge to local players

List of financed research contracts

    RSS Action C1. Transfert des connaissances territoriales complexes – Carnet de recherche de l'UMR ESPACE

    • Soutenance de thèse / Andrea LULOVICOVA 08/01/2024
      Andrea LULOVICOVA soutiendra sa thèse de doctorat le vendredi 19 janvier 2024, à 9h00 au learning center de l’IMREDD (9 rue Julien Lauprêtre, 06200 Nice, France) à Nice. Évaluation environnementale des systèmes alimentaires territoriaux…
    • Soutenance de thèse / Florent LOMBARD 11/12/2023
      Florent LOMBARD soutiendra sa thèse de doctorat le mercredi 20 décembre 2023, à 14h30 à l’IMREDD (salle 2-010) à Nice. Dynamique spatio-temporelle de la mangrove Sénégal : caractérisation de la résilience des espèces végétales…
    • Soutenance de thèse / Lise DEVREUX 28/02/2023
      Lise DEVREUX soutiendra sa thèse de doctorat le jeudi 16 mars 2023, à 9h30 à l’IMREDD (salle 2-230), à Nice, en présentiel. Outils d’évaluation de l’état de santé des hydrosystèmes en tresses restaurés Ce…