Sébastien Gardon

Photo de Sébastien GardonSébastien Gardon is a political science graduate and project leader at the Ecole Nationale des Services Vétérinaires (VetArgo Sup, Marcy-l’Etoile campus)

He has worked on three research projects for the French National Agency of Research (PRELAT, RESENDEM and AAE). He has contributed to several studies for the SCNF, Plan Urbanism Construction et Architecture, DREES-MIRE, NACRe and the Rhône-Alpes region. His work “Goût de bouchons: Lyon, les villes françaises et l’équation automobile” was published by Descartes et Cie in 2011 and (with Maxime Huré) Les cahiers de la mobilité territoriale (3 booklets) in 2013 (General Secretariat for the SNCF). More generally, his expertise covers mobility and urban planning policies, territorial issues, as well as in the organisation and capabilities of local communities.

At the RIVES laboratory of the National School of Public Works, he prepared a thesis on the Management of Urban Traffic: French Cities and Motor Vehicles, which he presented in June 2009 at Sciences Po Lyon.

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Marie Clotilde Meillerand


Doctor of contemporary history, research fellow of the multi-disciplinary Triangle-UMR 5206 Laboratory (ENS, Lyon); Marie is currently working as a research employee for the National School of Public Works (ENTPE/Lyon University). Her work in research has focused on long-term urban policies in view of the current situation, more specifically on the development of metropolitan areas and their ties with the peripheries, with particular interest in the independence of territories and the institutional structures of these new geographies. In 2015, for VIGS, she led a study on the economic levers of culture in the context of differentiated urban developments. In 2016, with Maxime Huré, she completed a report for ADEME on “Urban, mobility and suburban territory structures”. In 2017, she began research on the issues of energy insecurity in different contexts (urban, suburban and rural), in relation to the current public policies and the potential adjustment that can be made. Finally, in 2016, with the VIGS team, she co-hosted a seminar for MEDE/PUCA titled “20 year history of urban public actions”, discussing the theme of the major urban production transformations since the 1990s.

At the same time, based on these research results, she has been working, in local communities or cultural institutions, on tools for transferring and sharing knowledge that aim to guide social issues by means of an inclusive approach (collection of testimonials as an intergenerational vector; scripting of interactive web-documentaries as a gateway to culture; educational games as a mediation/citizenship tool; participation of exhibition scientific consultation in innovative approaches…)

Giovanni Sechi

Giovanni Sechi is doctor of urban studies at the University of Sassari (Italy). He is a graduate of the University of Bologna (Italy) in sociology and then of the University of Trento (Italy) in urban sociology. In 2015, he defended a thesis on the cultural strategies of medium-sized European cities in France (Saint-Etienne) and Italy (Sassari). In Lyon, he was a visiting doctoral student at the Triangle laboratory, attached to the ENS in Lyon.

Within the research bureau VIGS – Innovative Cities and Knowledge Management, he conducted a study on the relationship between culture and territory in the Grand Sud-Est de la France (Great South-East of France). This study was commissioned by the Prefecture of the Rhône-Alpes region. In 2015, he was a researcher at the EVS – Environment, City, Society laboratory at the Jean Monnet University of Saint-Etienne on the study « From the industrial city to the creative city », commissioned by Saint-Etienne Métropole . He was also a temporary teaching and research assistant at the Department of Sociology at the University of Saint-Etienne (2015/2017), in charge of the courses « Introduction to Quantitative Methods » and « Data Processing » (for first and second year undergraduate student in Sociology).

He is currently an associate researcher at the Environment City Society laboratory (EVS-Isthme) and lecturer at the ENSAL and the Jean Monnet University of Saint-Etienne. He is author and co-author of articles for scientific journals, research reports, book chapters in the fields of political science and spatial planning. He has also participated in numerous symposiums and study days, as well as several restitutions of scientific studies with institutional actors and urban planning.

Henri Briche

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Henri BRICHE is a political science graduate of Jean Monnet University in Saint-Etienne and teaches at Jean Monnet University in Saint-Etienne, at Lumière University Lyon 2 and at BBA INSEEC in Lyon. He is currently completing his thesis dedicated to residential mobility in relation to the urban renovation policies implemented in two formerly industrial cities: Saint-Etienne (France) and Detroit (United States). At the same time, he is leading an evaluation and consultation project for the urban planning agency and urban community of Dunkirk for the introduction of free public transport (2015-2018). He was a guest researcher of the sociology department of the University of Michigan in 2013. He has also worked as the editorial secretary for the Métropoles Internet journal, which is dedicated to French and international modern urban issues.

CV here