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 ?


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



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9h 30 - 11h 00      Conference Paul JAMES (University of Sydney, Australia)

'Alternative Paradigms for Sustainability: Decentring the Human Without Becoming


11h 00 - 12h 30      SESSION 1: Sustainable Cities, Concepts and Methodology

DICKS Henry (Lyon 3, France),” Biomimetic Urbanism as Applied Ecology: Scientific Foundations and Methods ».

BUCLET Nicolas (University Grenoble Alpes), « Who is going to build the future sustainability city : 4 scenarios for 2040 ?”

DIEMER Arnaud (UCA, CERDI, OR2D, France), “European sustainable cities for 2050”

14h 00 - 15h 30   Conference Aleix Altimiras MARTIN (University of Campinas, Brazil)

Assessing sustainable development and the transition towards a circular economy:

exploring the potential of Input-Output Analysis

16h 00 - 17h 30               SESSION 2 : Environnement and Sustainable Cities

DUTRA José Vitor (Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technlogy of Amazonas, Brazil), Pedestrian Zone in Manaus’s Downtown

BAILLY Frédéric (University of Savoie, France), “The participation of citizens in the construction of a city : example of collective gardens”

18h 00 - 19h 30                   ROUND TABLE “Europe and Sustainable Development”

                                European Deputies : Ilona Graenitz, Zofija Mazej Kukovic, Jean Paul Besset

                                                        Animation : Michel Troquet (CITEF)


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9h 00 - 10h 30               SESSION 3 : Social and sustainable Cities

MORALES E. Manuel (UCA, CERDI, OR2D, France), “Who gets the benefits of an industrial symbiosis in the urban socio-ecosystem ?”

COELHO Patricia, DIEMER Arnaud (UCA, OR2D, CERDI, France), “Thinking a sustainable city: the study case of Clermont-Ferrand”.

11h 00 - 12h 30                     SESSION 4 : Energy and Smart Cities

BATINGE Benjamin, MUSANGO Josephine, BRENT Alan (Stellenbosch University, South Africa), “Implications of Urbanization in the Sub-Saharan African cities on sustainable energy access”

CARVALHO Irauna (instituto Federal de Educaçao, Ciencia e Tecnologia do Amazonas), “Smart Cities, Urban mobility and Waterway transportation”.

BOUCHAREB Ariane Houria (Université Slah Boubnider, Constantine), “The digital city, catalyst of the sustainable city”.

14h 00 - 16h 30 End of the Symposium (Opéra Théâtre Clermont Ferrand)

                    Synthesis of the symposium by Jérôme Auslender, Clermont-Ferrand

            Conclusion by Olivier Bianchi : Location and themis of the 2019 symposium of the    Michelin Cities Network.

                                                            Jean Monnet Award Prize

16h 30 Concert de l’orchestre de clermont-ferrand