Protective levees against flooding are large alignment structures that are critical for the safety of goods and people. In urban areas, it is common that these structures are used as mobility networks or are crossed by other technical networks. Read More →


Bringing Resilience into Changing Territories : Emerging risks management and territorial stakes in the South West region of France

This project aims at documenting the socio-territorial conditions at the centre of which resilience building takes shape in response to both weather-related and anthropogenic hazards in a global context of climate change and energy crisis. While the project conceptualises resilience as a reflexive process enabling the sustainability of social and institutional organisations to face inevitable changes, ACTER builds on the notion of territory as a way to identify contested sites of power through which interests collide over the use and meaning of the biophysical environment. Read More →


AEDES: Representation of hazards and definition of health risk related to the colonization of mainland France by Aedes Albopictus

Given the objective rise of health risks, related notably to dengue and chikungunya fever, which is due to the colonization of the coastal and seaside areas by tropical mosquitoes – that are potential vectors of a large range of diseases – in mainland France, it appeared to us crucial to better understand the multiple factors of vulnerability and resilience in the case of outbreaks, in particular the cognitive, social and behavioral ones, so that more effective and appropriate prevention policies targeting the exposed population might be developed in the next future. Read More →


Contribution to the Systemic Modeling of Technical and Organizational Resilience of a Territory to Natech Risk: from microscopic to macroscopic

Chemical accidents triggered by natural hazards (known as Natechs) are relatively rare. In fact they represent between 2 – 7 % of all chemical accidents reported in databases such as ARIA, MARS, FACTS, MHIDAS, NRC (Sengul et al., 2012; Rasmussen, 1995). Nonetheless, several studies indicate that Natech accidents are (Stacy Young et al., 2004; Sengul et al. 2012). Growing urban populations and industrialization in areas subject to natural hazards, coupled with environmental change due to climate change and other factors will contribute to an increase in the number of Natech accidents in the years to come (Ana Maria Cruz et al., 2004). Read More →