REGIONS JRU - AgroParisTech, Irstea, Inra, Université Clermont Auvergne, VetAgro Sup

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Created in 2017 from the merger of the Metafort and CERAMAC JRUs, the Regions JRU includes around one hundred members supervised by AgroParisTech, Inra, Irstea, Clermont-Auvergne University and VetAgro Sup.

As a multidisciplinary research unit, it brings together researchers from human and social sciences (geography, economics, management science, political science) and biotechnical sciences (agronomy, animal husbandry systems).

The core ideology of the research unit is that there are many configurations (local and regional) and paths (individual and collective) that can lead to the coexistence of “models” (including both archetypes and projects) and strategies carried out within regions. It questions the ability of stakeholders to act as well as the creation and management of public initiatives. The research unit is responsible for work looking at action practices adapted to a diverse number of reflective models and approaches to continue adapting these practices. Increasingly, methods of supporting action and change in regions need to take into account vulnerable areas with complicated challenges linked to innovation.

The resulting approaches depend on empirical as well as action research: data analysis (quantitative and qualitative, geomatic), process-based approaches for collective action, normative and cognitive analysis of public policies or conceptual and digital modeling, and individual and collective stakeholder studies.

  • AgroParisTech, Local Development and Regional Planning Research Training Unit (DLAT)
  • Irstea, Land Use Department
  • Inra, Science for Action and Development (SAD) Scientific Department
  • Clermont-Auvergne University, Arts, Culture and Human Sciences Research Training Unit (LCSH)
  • VetAgro Sup, Scientific Department

PhD programs: Arts, Social and Human Sciences - ED 370 (Clermont-Ferrand); Law, Economics, Management - ED 245 (Clermont-Ferrand); Agriculture, Food, Biology, Environment, Health - ABIES (Paris).

Research Groups

  • Melting: Regional livestock farming models: interaction organization (led by Mathieu Capitaine): describing, understanding and supporting changes to livestock farming systems to create more sustainable methods, taking into account interactions between different livestock farming “models” currently used in the regions.
  • Datif: Dynamics of vulnerable regions (jointly led by Jean-Charles Edouard, Stéphanie Truchet): study and characterize changes and potential outcomes in (economically, socially, environmentally, etc.) vulnerable regions in their various contexts: rural (ranging from urban countryside to extreme rurality), urban (small and medium towns, neighborhoods) and periurban. 
  • APoG: Collective Action, Public Policy and Governance (jointly led by Christine Léger-Bosch, Salma Loudiyi): analyze coordination between public and/or private actors, with particular focus on collective and regional aspects.
  • WITH: Supporting change (led by Lucie Gouttenoire, deputy: Marie Taverne): develop knowledge production activities about and for support that are directly related to topics dealt with by the research unit.

Partnerships - International Relations

Research projects

H2020 European programs, ANR, CASDAR MinAgri, Auvergne Region, Massif Central ERDF, Clermont MSH, PSDR 4, Inra Metaprograms, Local government and private company contracts.

International partnerships

Main partnerships in Europe (Germany, Denmark, Italy, Poland, United Kingdom), Africa (Cameroon, Morocco, Kenya), Asia (India, Vietnam, etc.) and the Americas (Brazil, Canada).

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Director : Hélène Mainet, Université Clermont Auvergne

Deputy Directors: :

  • Laurent Trognon (AgroParisTech)
  • Nathalie Hostiou (Inra)
  • Stéphanie Truchet (Irstea)
  • Christophe Poix (VetAgro Sup)

The Research Unit Head Office is located at :

Irstea, campus des Cézeaux
9 avenue Blaise Pascal - CS 20085
63178 Aubière Cedex
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Tél. 04 73 44 06 58
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