ART-DEV: Actors, Ressources and territories in development


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Focusing primarily on human and social sciences, the ART-Dev unit has more than a hundred members – around fifty academics and researchers and fifty PhD students. The unit has adopted a multidisciplinary approach to its research, since it is mainly made up of geographers and economists, as well as sociologists and political scientists.

The ART-Dev conducts research into the ways in which regions can become reconfigured from an economic, political and social standpoint. It interrelates the dynamics of globalisation and local dynamics in order to do this. More specifically, it focuses its analyses of the ways in which regions become reconfigured on the construction and mobilisation by the diversity of bodies involved of a set of resources in both a tangible and intangible way.


Research areas

  • Rural reconstructions and public policies
  • Resources and natural hazards
  • Interfaces - Anchorings and traffic in a globalised world


  • Partnerships with universities in Pretoria, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Costa Rica and Ouagadougou.
  • Conventions with the World Bank
  • EMCCA (Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa)
  • Regional community of Mayotte
  • Rising Powers and Global Standards

Additional information

 ANR programmes
  • Young researchers USART - Transmitting uses and representations of the territory in the Amazon
  • TERRE-EAU - Dynamics of territories and ecosystems and representations of changes induced by global changes (2013-2016)
International and european programmes
  • Programme bilatéral France-Hongrie CNRS/MTA-RKK - 2014-2015 : Local economic development and territorial capital in France and Hungary: an institutionalist approach
  • Programme CAPES-COFECUB France-Brésil - 2013-2016 : Territories, poverty and public policies: an approach through territorialization
  • PICS CNRS - 2013-2015 : Cross-border basins at the crossroads of cooperation and conflicts in Mesoamerica
  • PAVAF : Programme for urban feeding through family farming in the province of Oudalan in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso
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Date of update November 21, 2019