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Inclusive Sustainability

Chair Inclusive Sustainability: Territorial Ecosystems in Transition 

To face daunting ecological and social challenges, actors in territorial ecosystems are increasingly being solicited to rethink and co-design new services for their citizens.
The goal of this multi-partner Chair is to produce the necessary knowledge to imagine, analyze, test and disseminate new measures to support a transition towards sustainable and inclusive living spaces.

Urban density, population aging, energy transition and other environmental issues are all factors that profoundly disrupt living spaces, particularly in cities. Key players in territorial ecosystems, including those in the Grenoble region, are keenly aware of the need to renew existing models and to make a transition towards new organizational models, which place citizens at the heart of deliberation and action.

Working Areas

  • New environmentally-friendly behavior
This area, driven by GEM's Consumer Behavior and Energy Management research teams, aims to create a panel of citizens to experimentally test determinants of behavior central to territorial transition issues.
This will provide the opportunity for territorial actors to test new ideas and services that rely on new behavior (for example: embracing e-mobility solutions, and using environmental data).
  • New hybrid business models
In this section, both the Alternative Forms of Markets and Organizations and the Strategy, Collective Action, and Technology research teams at GEM will identify innovative business and organizational models to deliver new services for citizens. The reconfiguration of the role of companies in our society, public sectors budgetary constraints, and the blurring of boundaries between public and private spheres are all factors that explain the multiplication of social innovations that often have hybrid business models.
  • New models of participatory corporate governance
Liberation management, holacracy, collective interest cooperative companies (SCIC), stakeholders' panels, community-business partnerships… initiatives to place stakeholders at the heart of corporate strategic decision-making processes are soaring.
Territorial transition raises unprecedented questions regarding economic governance, notably in terms of the scale of governance.
GEM's Alternative Forms of Markets and Organizations research team will conduct studies to better understand the impact and limits of these new alternative organizational modes.
  • New methods for innovative project development
GEM has developed an experimental platform that allows for authentic immersion in situations in a logic of "real-world labs." This platform, in combination with co-designed experiential courses, will allow our partners to develop new projects: to imagine and test, on a small scale, new ways of understanding and realizing their work; to develop and validate new practices, including experimentation; and to conceive new experiential training modules as a vector for deploying their transformation.


Bouygues Immobilier / Le Groupe La Poste / Grenoble-Alpes Métropole / le SMMAG / la Ville de Grenoble / Fédération Léo Lagrange / Mutualité Française de l’Isère / Cluster Montagne /Agence d’urbanisme de la région grenobloise/ Citiz/ GAIA/ La Péniche-La Turbine / Ronalpia




Sylvie Blanco
Delphine Gatti-Urweiller
Hélène Michel
Updated on 21 January 2021 at 2h39 pm