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Interdisciplinary research on transition towards sustainable socio-technical systems (CREIDD)

In general

The creation of the CREIDD happened at the beginning of the 2000s, around the issue of sustainable development understanding and its potential operational methods. Members of the team developed specific skills on the deployment of methods on global sustainability engineering and management. These methods couple territorial and life product management & ecodesign approaches. Many team outputs have been deliver on the topics of industrial ecology, industrial and territorial ecology, energy and material flow analysis, design for sustainability and life cycle analysis.

In 2017, the CREIDD changed its name.

Indeed, at its creation, its name was “Centre of Research and Interdisciplinary studies on Global Sustainability”. This change reflects a shift on focus from sustainable development to the phenomenon of transitions towards sustainability. Consequently, the team engaged itself in a new scientific posture of strong sustainability, bringing hypothesis that are not much studied.

In order to do that, the team evolve from an heuristic research demarche, combining grass-roots observations and research-action experiments, to a more inclusive approach of participative sciences. Through this approach, the team wishes to develop better knowledge of projects coping with local needs which are environmentally, financially and socially constraint. Considering these constraints, new production and social models can emerge. The team work parts from a territorial vision which goes from the study of the deployment of circular economy to the emergence of neo-industrialisation. The team goal is then to confront the engineer and the technology development in front of the local needs.
 

History of the team