The development of green, ecological city or Eco-city has been introduced as a mean to support sustainable urban development within a social, economic, environmental and demographic con-text (Tsolakis, Anthopoulos, 2015). The Eco-city concept was introduced by Urban Ecology, a non profit organiza-tion that was founded in 1975 by Richard Register (Roseland, 1997). An Eco-city ensures the well-being of its citizens via a holistic urban planning and management approach with the aim of eliminating waste and emissions (Register, 1987). From a systemic point of view, an eco-city can be described like a set of different complex sub-system that need to be associated or reconnected in order to deli-ver the desired outcomes (Diemer, Morales, 2016).

In the 90s, the term sustainable city replaced that of ecological city in response to the creation of the ICLEI (International Center of local environmental inItiatives) in 1990, the European green book on urban environment (1990) and the Rio Conference (1992).


  1. 1.Research on the concepts “Sustainable cities, Eco-cities, Smart Cities

  1. 2.Research on methodology for sustainable cities. Papers can be focus on how to measure the ecological, social, political or economic performances of cities and territories. Methodologies associated to metabolism (stocks, flows, inputs, output), circles of sustainability, system dynamics or indicators (ecological footprint) are welcomed.

  1. 3.Comparative research on Cities or Mega-cities (Alger, Buenos Aires, Kinshasa, London, Mexico, New York, Paris, Quebec, Sydney…). Papers focus on results or questions regarding sustainable development: agriculture, biodiversity, climate, corruption, democracy, development in south cities, energy, governance, migrations, mobility, population, urban cities, transports, water…

  1. 4.Research linked to disciplinary (Arts, Archeology, Economics, Edu-cation, Geography, History, Law, Psychology, Sociology…), inter-disciplinary or trans-disciplinary and sustainability… A way to understand the different dimensions of the object “Sustainable city”.

  1. 5.Research on the different fields which are involved in the conceptu-alization of sustainable cities : industrial ecology, industrial symbiosis, political ecology, degrowth, urban ecology…

  1. 6.Research focus on social innovation in sustainable cities and specially on the actors (Communities, NGO, Foundations, firms, …). How Education can change behaviours ? How to create new opportunities from sustainability ?


Papers presented at the conference 2017 will be published in book "sustainable cities"


university of clermont auvergne (UCA)

Florian Dierickx, Arnaud Diemer, Patricia Coelho, Ganna Gladkykh, Faheem Khushik, Manuel E. Morales, Abdourakhmane Ndyiae, Julian Torres, Geoffrey Volat


JEAN monnet award prize

Two prizes will be awarded by the Scientific Committee : a prize for an original work by a young researcher and a prize for an original work by a senior researcher. Those interested in submitting their work should send their paper before August 30th. The two prizes will take the form of support for trip and accommodation for the symposium.


Eric Agbessi (UCA, Communication et société, France) Claudio Araujo (UCA, CERDI, France) Frédéric Caille (University Savoie Mont Blanc, UMR Triangle, France) Eric Dacheux (UCA, Communication et Société, France) Henri Dicks (University Lyon 3, France) Arnaud Diemer (UCA, CERDI, France) Dominique Bourg (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) Stéphane Cadiou (Université Saint-Etienne, UMR, Triangle, France) Sarah Cornell (University of Stockholm, Sweden) Sylvie Ferrari (University of Bordeaux, France) Nicolas Buclet (University of Grenoble Alpes, France) Yang Fu (City University of Hong Kong) Maja Goepel (Wuppertal Institute, Germany) Ulrich Goluke (Blue way, Germany) Huanxiu Guo (Nanjing University, China) Jacqueline Klopp (Columbia University, USA) Paul James (University of Western Sydney, Autralia) Jean-Philippe Luis (MSH, Clermont-Ferrand) Aleix Altimiras Martin (Universidad Estadual de Campinas, Brazil) Guillaume Massart (BG Ingénieurs Conseil, EPFL, Switzerland) Amira Mersal (Alexandria University, Egypt) Constanza Parra (University of Leuven, Belgium) Francine Pellaud (HEP Fribourg, Switzerland) Marie Françoise Renard (UCA, UMR CERDI, France) Laurent Rieutort (UCA, UMR Territoires, France) Sébastien Rouquette (UCA, Communication et société, France) Tommaso Venturini (Université de Génève, Switzerland) Damien Talbot (UCA, CRGCM, France) Dominique Vollet (UCA, UMR Territoires, France)


kEY speakers

Paul JAMES, University of  Western Sydney,Australia.

Aleix ALTIMIRAS MARTIN, Universidad Estadual de Campinas, Brazil

wednesday, nOVEMBER 29TH


thursday, NOVEMBER 30TH

9.00 - 12.00         mAISON DES SCIENCES DE L’HOMME

14.00 - 18.00

friday, DECEMBER 1ST

9.00 - 12.00         MAISON DES SCIENCES DE L’HOMME

14.00 - 16.00